Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Friday 9:30 PM Oct 22, 1999 on Channel 4
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Colin goes missing when Tim takes him out for a late night walk, and at first Daisy suspects that Tim has deliberately got rid of him. Later, they receive a note tipping them off that Colin has been dognapped by an evil vivisectionist! They gather the troops and start a rescue mission.moreless

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  • All about Collin!

    Perhaps many people like the way this episode goes, but I think it adds very little in the way of plot or character development.

    To begin with there is a kind of State of the Union as to how everything is going with Collin. We see that Daisy is very happy, and that Tim is happy that Diasy is happy, but really doesn't like the dog and in fact is kind of afraid of him.

    When the dog is dognapped, while going for a walk with Tim, Daisy suspects the worst. They search all over the park but still no luck until finally a note appears indicating the whereabouts of the dog. Tim spearheads a rescue mission, being Daisy's sort of knight in shining armour. While Daisy and Twist are keeping watch, they girl-talk about each other's possible future love interests: Twist and Brian; Daisy and Tim. Therein is the gist of the entire episode. It seems that the stealing and recovery of the dog is only there to show, once more, how much Daisy means to Tim.

    Seeing how this entire show really revolves around one incident that really has no dramatic effect on the plot, I perceive it as filler... entertaining filler for sure, but filler nonetheless. I perticularly like how Mike wipes away his tears of laughter with the muzzle of his gun!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tim: None of us have ever done anything like this before, apart from Mike who as we all know once stole a tank and tried to invade Paris
      Mike: (Turns around) Hello

    • Tim: Sound off. Luke?
      Mike: Ho!
      Tim: Chewie?
      Brian: Erm, me.
      Tim: Leia?
      Daisy: Yes, Tim... Han.
      Tim: Jabba?
      Twist: Is Jabba the princess?
      All: Yeah
      Twist: Here!

    • Brian: That's chaos theory. The belief that the future is in fact a mathematically predictable preordained system.
      Daisy: So somewhere out there in the vastness of the unknown there's an equation for predicting the future?
      Brian: An equation so complex as to utterly defy possibility of comprehension by even the most brilliant human mind, but an equation nonetheless.
      Tim: (realising) Oh my God...
      Brian: What?
      Daisy: What?
      Tim: I've got some F**king Jaffa Cakes in my coat pocket!
      Brian & Daisy: Oh no!
      Tim: (singing) Oh mama, oh daddy, lets all play Kabaddi!

  • NOTES (1)


    • The flashback where Tim is being chased by his stepfather is a reference to The Shining.

    • In the scene where Colin is abducted, the extendable leash returns without him. The same thing happens in The X-Files episode 3X22, "Quagmire," when Scully's dog Queequeg is eaten by an alligator. Tim and Daisy's exchange:

      Daisy: What do you mean, he's been abducted?
      Tim: Yeah, by a crocodile or something.
      Daisy: A crocodile?! Tim: Or something. cements the allusion, since crocodiles and alligators are often mistaken for one another. (mentions of abduction before and after Colin is taken also bring The X-Files to mind)

    • The scene where James Eldrige is attacked in Hamstead Heath is straight out of An American Werewolf in London.

    • The montage of everyone on the way to rescue Colin is a reference to Saving Private Ryan, made clear when Tim says "I'll see you on the beach."

    • When Tim explains the plan to rescue Colin, and that they would have to climb a 2m fence, Brian remarks that its impossible but Mike says "Its not impossible. I used to climb over my neighbor's fence when I was a kid. It was about two meters."

      This sequence is very similar to the scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, when the plan to destroy the Death Star is detailed.

    • When Tim takes Colin for a walk, he calls him "Cujo", referring to the Stephen King book and subsequent film of the same name.

    • When Tims says "That's how it all starts, with 'oohs' and 'aahs', but later there's barking and biting", he's paraphrasing a line spoken by Jeff Goldblum in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

    • Minty, when he's attacked by Gramsci, throws his newspaper up in the air and there's a cut to a spaceship model hanging in Bilbo's comic shop. This is a reference to the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey where a similar visual cut is made.

      The allusion is doubly so because the model hanging from the ceiling is the spaceship Discovery from the same film.

    • None: None
      When Tim is looking for Colin, a little girl in a red coat runs and hides behind a tree. This is a reference to the film 'Dont' Look Now' starring Donald Sutherland as a man whi is haunted by visions of his drowned daughter, who has a red coat.

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