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Dirk Gently: Episode 1

Dirk discovers a connection between two unrelated cases. The first involves a client who thinks that the Pentagon are attempting to kill him and the second involves a person whose horoscopes appear to be coming true.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday March 05th, 2012

Director: Tom Shankland
Writer: Howard Overman

Starring Roles
Jason Watkins (1)Jason Watkins (1)
As DI Gilks
Lisa Jackson (2)Lisa Jackson (2)
As Janice Pearce

Guest Stars
Cosima Shaw (1)Cosima Shaw (1)
As Emma Reynolds
Paul RitterPaul Ritter
As Oliver Reynolds
Colin McFarlaneColin McFarlane
As Terence Brown
Kenneth CollardKenneth Collard
As Matthew
Main Cast
Stephen ManganStephen Mangan
As Dirk Gently
Darren BoydDarren Boyd
As Richard MacDuff


Dirk and Richard receive a suspicious package and wonder what to do with it. The phone ring and Dirk tells Richard to get it. He answers it and tells Dirk that it’s David Edwards and he thinks someone is telling him to kill him. Dirk puts him off again and starts cutting open the package. Inside is a stuffed pig and a Valentine card. Richard wonders who would have sent him a card, and Dirk opens it and finds a message saying that he’s a pig...

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Episode Quotes
Richard: Well, then we should call the bomb squad, that's what they do, they defuse bombs. If you think it's a bomb, we should call the bomb squad.
Dirk: I'm thinking maybe the local bomb squad has sent it to me. Accidentally kill a man's wife and there's a 30% chance he'll be forever grateful. Accidentally combust a man's sniffer dog and he'll never forgive you.

Dirk: My experience, the people who believe they can be murdered by the Pentagon are invariably not the people who get murdered by the Pentagon.

Kate: I don’t want to seem to be undermining the police. Can you be discrete, Mr. Gently?
Dirk: I stake my reputation on it. In fact, I’ve been known to be so discrete that even my clients doubt I’m working on their case.

Richard: Think it’s possible for us to visit a crime scene without you treating it like a one-man buffet?
Dirk: I believe Mr. Edwards’ days of requiring a mint to suck on are well and truly behind him.

Janice Pearce: There’s a woman here to see you.
Dirk: Then show her in.
Richard: What are you doing?
Janice Pearce: You show her in!
Dirk: How can I show her in when I’m already in myself?!?

Richard: Mr. Reynolds hired you? So now we’re charging two clients to investigate the same case? That must go against our code of conduct. Do we have a code of conduct? Of course we don’t, it’s you.

Dirk: Now, the two cases are undoubtedly connected, as all things are, but they are not the same case. As is clearly demonstrated by the fact that they have separate files. And they are both inexplicably linked to Mr. Edwards. As clearly demonstrated by the fact they reside in the same filing cabinet.

Richard: Why are we here? How is this getting us any closer to Mr. Edwards’ killer?
Dirk: Well, that’s the beauty of holistic detection, McDuff. We’re getting closer even when it appears we’re moving further away.

Terence Brown: Pipes burst in my flat, the whole place is flooded. I’m sorry, I really have to go.
Dirk: I’m surprised that your horoscope wasn’t able to predict such an unfortunate calamity.
Terence Brown: Has anyone told you you’re an annoying prick?
Richard: Yeah, he gets that a lot.

Richard: We’re not going to the police, are we?
Dirk: No, we’re following that white car.
Richard: Of course we’re following that white car. In an emergency, follow a white car. Why are we following a white car?
Dirk: Because it looks like it knows where it’s going. Zen navigation. The goats are untethered and traveling in some style!

Janice Pearce: That crazy horoscope guy is here to see you.
Dirk: Then show him in.
Janice Pearce: You show him in!
Dirk: I believe we have already discussed my inability to show someone in when I am already in myself!
Richard: Could we please just pay her wages?
Dirk: If we pay her wages, McDuff, then she will no longer turn up to work in the futile hope that we will someday pay her wages. Do I have to think of everything?

Oliver Reynolds: I can smell Brie.
Dirk: It makes a handy portable snack. I find Brie to be among the least controversial of cheeses.

Dirk: I believe we are having the sort of day that would make even Mother Theresa kick babies.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHoward Overman
Executive ProducerHoward Overman  |  Saurabh Kakkar  |  Brian Minchin
ProducerChris Carey
Production DesignerAmelia Shankland
Line ProducerKate Dudley
First Assistant DirectorSimon Hedges
Second Assistant DirectorTracey Warren
MusicDaniel Pemberton
Costume DesignerMaggie Chappelhow
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Location ManagerRob Champion (2)
Property MasterJoe Rappaport
Script SupervisorKaren Savage
Production CoordinatorDavid Packham
GafferMartin Healey
On-Line EditorOwen Hulme
Director of PhotographyOle Bratt Birkeland
Stunt CoordinatorAndreas Petrides
Production SecretaryEllie Blake
Art DirectorSarah Whittemore
Sound EditorLinda Murdoch
Script EditorHannah Mackay
Dubbing MixerNigel Edwards
Sound RecordistClive Derbyshire
Third Assistant DirectorLyndsay Furness
Costume SupervisorAmanda Perryman
Production AccountantAlec Thorne
Casting AssistantAndy Brierley
Film EditorMatthew Tabern
Best BoyTrevor Hale
Sound EngineerPeter Margrave
Production ExecutiveGrace Boylan
Unit ManagerJake Sainsbury
ColoristAidan Farrell
Focus PullerJason Walker
Stunt DoubleArran Topham
Casting DirectorKate Rhodes James
Dialogue EditorLinda Murdoch
Production BuyerJenny Alexander
Standby Art DirectorAlexandra Merchant
Standby PropsTyrone Hyman  |  Gary Leech
Floor RunnerJames Sampson
Created ByDouglas Adams
Hair & Make-up DesignPamela Haddock
Hair & Make Up ArtistDianne Jamieson
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