Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Friday 9:30 PM Nov 05, 1999 on Channel 4
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Episode Summary

Tim's ex Sarah calls him up and wants to get together, Tim is over the moon at the idea of them getting back together, though Mike and Daisy are less impressed and worried about him getting hurt again. Meanwhile, Mike is up for re-evaluation for the TA, and is delighted to be let back in. Tim meets up with Sarah and it turns out she really does want to try again with him, but at the last moment he sees sense and declines, not wanting to give up all his has with Daisy and his friends.moreless

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  • Everything comes to an end and a new beginning.

    As to be expected with a season finale, it's quite an essential episode, and like the first episode, is done very well.

    It's seen as both an end and a beginning in many respects. The repeated allusion to a childhood event linking Mike and Tim is finally revealled. Also, just when Mike was hitting rock bottom with getting thrown out of yet another organization (previous episode), he now has a chance to redeem himself by rejoining the TAs (Territorial Army... like the army reserves for those out there who are American and don't know this).

    On the dramatic side of things, the series continues its romantic edge with the continued development of Brian and Twist, and of course Tim and Daisy. The Brian and Twist romantic plot-line is a little contrived, yet it works. Here we have two people who are a little pretentious and in that respect are similar, yet Brian's pretentiousness is on a dirty artistic level, whereas Twist is a glamour princess. This juxtaposition of seemingly opposite characters is nothing new, yet the old standard works nonetheless. I think more than Twist, Brian is the character that shines in this episode, especially when he breaks out of himself and starts skipping down the street, particularly in contrast to his usually quiet and introspective demeanour.

    As for Tim, he is confronted with his own feelings. Sarah, his ex, is coming back to him, and he must decide what to do. I think this is very well written and acted. For anyone who has been in this situation before, he/she will be able to see some distinct marks of reality, making it highly identifiable. He faces a battle that many people face in many facets of life: the battle between what one ought to do as opposed to what one wants to do. Quite often these two are at odds, and Daisy is making it her business to appeal to the unpopular 'ought' side of his mind. These leaves them temporarily at odds, and climaxes in an argument. This scene is shot in a cool fashion, mirroring a 2 fighter video game, where every cutting sentence they say to each other is then shown as a hit in the video game. Excellent!

    In the end, everything ties together and works out as it should, almost like a romantic comedy. Even as Tim says nothing turns out happy and that there are no happy endings like in the movies, our perspective as viewers, especially after seeing his sketch of what is 'Happiness' (juxtaposed to the violent images of Sarah int he same sketch book), is different. We can see that he is wrong in what he is saying and in reality it IS a happy ending (not the massage kind ;> ).

    The writing for this episode was equalled by the once more brilliant direction of Mr. Wright to produce a vivid final episode accomplishing its pre-supposed goal: viewers for the next series.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Tim: Life just isn't like the movies, is it? You know? We're constantly led to believe in resolution, in the re-establishment of the ideal status quo and its just not true. Happy endings are a myth, designed to make us feel better about the fact that life is a thankless struggle.

    • Daisy: Do you really watch porn in the flat?
      Tim: Er, only when you're out. Sometimes when you're asleep on the beanbag.
      Daisy: Can I borrow some?

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    • Daisy typing her article is shot in the same way and accompanied by the same music as the title sequence from the TV show Murder, She Wrote.

    • The scene of Tim carrying Mike out of the TA office is reminiscent of the final scene from the film An Officer and a Gentleman.

    • Upon learning of Brian's 'betrayal', Marsha says "Et tu, Brian?", which is a paraphrase of "Et tu, Brute?", from William Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar.

    • The game Daisy is playing, which is then used as an allegory for Tim and Daisy's fight, is Tekken 2.