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Dirk Gently: Episode 2

Dirk and Macduff return to Cambridge, to the university that Dirk was thrown out from for cheating twenty years ago. They have been hired by Dirk’s former professor as security consultants to guard a valuable robot. After the robot is stolen and the professor is discovered dead, Dirk and Macduff are soon implicated as the chief suspects.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Monday March 12th, 2012

Director: Tom Shankland
Writer: Matt Jones

Starring Roles
Lisa Jackson (2)Lisa Jackson (2)
As Janice Pearce
Helen BaxendaleHelen Baxendale
As Susan Harmison

Guest Stars
Bill PatersonBill Paterson
As Professor Jericho (Charles Jericho)
Sylvestra Le TouzelSylvestra Le Touzel
As Emelda Ransome
Will SharpeWill Sharpe
As David Cho
Tim J HenleyTim J Henley
As Fish & Chip Shop Proprietor
Bethan HanksBethan Hanks
As Elaine Robot
Main Cast
Stephen ManganStephen Mangan
As Dirk Gently
Darren BoydDarren Boyd
As Richard MacDuff


At a robotics laboratory at St. Cedd’s Institute of Science and Technology, a computer comes to life. The next day, Professor Charles Jericho brings in Dirk and Richard and congratulates Dirk on applying holistic theory to social situations. Dirk assures him that his efforts are in large part due to Jericho’s teachings. As they look around, Dirk admits to Richard that he never expected to come back in triumph after how he was kicked out. ..

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Episode Quotes
Dirk: I’ve let you down before, Professor. If there was a God, which we as men of science surely cannot accept, I would swear to him that I will not fail you again.

Dirk: You haven’t seen a robot, have you?
Susan: A robot?
Dirk: Yeah, she’s white, black eyes, about 5’5”, strangely erotic. Answers to the name of Elaine.

Professor Jericho: You’ve found her?
Dirk: Not exactly.
Professor Jericho: Either you have or you haven’t.
Dirk: I would have thought a scientific mind such as your own would accept there is often a gray area in-between...

Dirk: I feel I may have us look extremely guilty.
Richard: Well, we should go back and explain, tell her it wasn’t us.
Dirk: The problem is not that we fled the crime scene. It’s just that we haven’t fled it fast enough. There’s been a deficit of fleeing, which we must rectify immediately.

Richard: You believe him?
Dirk: That the center is haunted, or that the real David Cho has gone to live with a homosexual homunculus in Humberside?

Dirk: When is a filing cabinet not a filing cabinet?
Susan: This is bollocks.
Dirk: Umm, I actually prefer the term, “applied quantum mechanics.”

Jane: Oh, I don’t have any money.
Fish & Chip Shop Proprietor: What?
Jane: I could write you an IOU.
Fish & Chip Shop Proprietor: You taking the piss?
Jane: What do you do in these situations?
Dirk: I’m a firm believer that a proprietor of a chips shop has eaten far too many chips, thus hindering his athletic prowess.
Fish & Chip Shop Proprietor: What you saying?
Dirk: In layman’s terms, what I’m saying is...
Jane: Run?
Dirk: Yeah.
Fish & Chip Shop Proprietor: Hey!

Dirk: Coincidence can be a brutal thing.

Dirk: I met a young woman who I believe... rather likes me.
Susan: She likes you? Is she mentally incapacitated in some way?

Jane: You think I’m a computer?
Dirk: Our brains are made up of synapses. They’re either open or close. Thoughts are merely ones and zeros. Consciousness itself is just a stream of binary code. You’re not a computer. You’re something new... and very special.

Susan: It’s impossible. Elaine was brain-dead.
Jane: You declare someone brain-dead when all they need is a little rewiring.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorHoward Overman
Executive ProducerSaurabh Kakkar  |  Howard Overman  |  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 CoordinatorTony Lucken
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
Clapper LoaderKriss Dallimore
Film EditorMatthew Tabern
Best BoyTrevor Hale
Sound EngineerPeter Margrave
Production ExecutiveGrace Boylan
Unit ManagerJake Sainsbury
ColoristAidan Farrell
Focus PullerJason Walker
Digital Imaging TechnicianMat Brooks
Casting DirectorKate Rhodes James
Dialogue EditorLinda Murdoch
Production BuyerJenny Alexander
Standby Art DirectorAlexandra Merchant
Standby PropsGary Leech  |  Tyrone Hyman
Floor RunnerJames Sampson
Created ByDouglas Adams
Hair & Make-up DesignPamela Haddock
Hair & Make Up ArtistDianne Jamieson
Prosthetic EffectsLaurence Simmons
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