The Mighty Boosh

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Thursday 10:30 PM Jun 01, 2004 on BBC Three
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Episode Summary

In an attempt to compete with daring adventurer Dixon Bainbridge, Howard and Vince set off in search of the Egg of Mantumbi - with the assistance of Gary Numan. Into the whiteness, the nothingness of the Arctic Tundra, the boys come face to face with hideous ice demon Black Frost. Luckily, Vince has befriended a polar bear.moreless

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  • Patchy but still highly original.

    On reflection, my first glimpse of Boosh when it aired in 2004 must have been the two out of three jokes that didn't work in the entire series. This is why I refused to watch any more for eighteen months and why I have only just got into the show. Two of the aforementioned misfires are in the opening ten minutes of this episode, the problem being that some of the more casual, conversational scenes aren't really that funny and as such come across as filler material. But after the first ten minutes the plot kicks in and the show returns to kind of spaced out globe trotting, rich in character comedy adventure that make this show so unique.moreless
Peter Kyriacou

Peter Kyriacou

Polar Bear

Guest Star

Dave Brown

Dave Brown

Joey Moose / Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof:
      Just before Howard realises Vince has been taken by a polar bear, there is a shot of the tent illuminated from within. As pointed out by Julian Barratt this wouldn't happen in day light.

    • When Julian and Noel play two men applying for positions at the Zoo, Noel's character pulls at his tie saying, "Top Shop". The tie was actaully bought by Noel from the UK retail store Top Shop.

    • The white stripe across Vince's nose in this episode is another nod to one of the actor Noel Fielding's fave '80s music acts, Adam Ant.

    • The red and white jacket worn by Noel Fielding in this episode was once worn by Freddie Mercury in a Queen music vid and was also worn by Johnathan Rhys Meyer in the film Velvet Goldmine.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dixon Bainbridge: Naboo! Are you in a trance?
      Naboo: No, I'm listening to Fleetwood Mac.
      Dixon Bainbridge: Ahhh, Rumours.
      Naboo: Tusk.

    • Howard: An Old Eskimo legend tells of a terrible icy goblin frost that descends in an instant. Black Frost.
      Vince: Is it like Jack Frost?
      Howard: Much worse. Black Frost makes Jack Frost look like a warm cardigan. Black Frost can freeze a man in a second. You try to scream. You can't. Black Frost freezes your scream in mid air. All jutting out of your mouth in an icy tangle.

    • Dixon Bainbridge: Crushed and lifeless. Like crisps under bison.

    • Vince: Plus, in one of the scenes I have the legs of a ram.

    • Howard Moon: The Arctic is no respecter of fashion, Vince.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Boosh team had attempted to get one of the scenes from this episode on TV before. They'd performed one of the tent scenes at a gala concert for Australia's Melbourne Comedy Festival which is filmed and screened to coincide with the festival every year - it is a top rating annual event on Aus TV. However their performance was edited out and never screened.

    • This episode, and the pilot that it is a re-shoot of, were based on the live Boosh show, Arctic Boosh.

    • This is a partly re-written and re-shot version of the pilot episode.


    • The last lines spoken by the polar bear, which start "It's cold outside..." are the opening lines to "Are Friends Electric?:", Gary Numan's first number one in the UK (released under the name "Tubeway Army").

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