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Spaced: Gatherings

We find Daisy and Tim settling in, only Daisy is finding it more than difficult to get any work done, and decides to throw a house-warming party that very night. Tim is not so keen on the idea, nor does he seem to have any trouble working, yet he obliges her all the same.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Friday October 01st, 1999

Guest Stars
Anna Wilson-JonesAnna Wilson-Jones
As Sarah
James LanceJames Lance
As Richard
Tony WayTony Way
As Paperboy
Main Cast
Simon PeggSimon Pegg
As Tim Bisley
Jessica HynesJessica Hynes
As Daisy Steiner
Mark HeapMark Heap
As Brian Topp
Nick FrostNick Frost
As Mike Watt
Julia DeakinJulia Deakin
As Marsha Klein
Katy CarmichaelKaty Carmichael
As Twist Morgan


Tim wakes up, covered in toys, to find Sarah in the apartment cooking. Then he says he dreamt that she dumped him and he moved in with a girl he hardly knew. Sarah thinks the idea is crazy. All of a sudden his monster costume attacks him, and he wakes up: it was all a dream. Tim rushes out to the kitchen in the real world and is pissed that to confirm it was, indeed, a dream...

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Episode Quotes
(Lying down next to each other, talking softly)
Daisy: What shall we do now?
Tim: I think we should descale the teapots.
Daisy: You filthy bitch.
Tim: You love it.

Tim: What's the deal with you and Marsha?
Brian: You know about the deal?
Tim: (Confused) What?!
Brian: I'm busy, Tim, painting a triptych.
Tim: Oh yeah, what's it called?
Brian: Bad Sandwich.
Tim: Really?
Brian: Yes. It's a piece about violence in its immediacy, the instancy of the event, a synchronic rendering of three explosive, aggressive expressions.

Cultural References
Visual: Daisy opens the door to Tim's room and light comes pouring out.

Visual: Tim is making a hill with his mashed potatoes as he's on the phone with Mike.

Visual: At the end of the show, they look upstairs at the bright light and put on sunglasses.

All of these are references to the 1977 Spielberg classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Visual: It says '9 1/2 minutes later' on the gate.

This is a take on the 1986 film by Adrian Lyne called 9 1/2 Weeks.

Tim: It's important, Daisy. Trust me.

This is a reference to the 1981 Spielberg blockbuster, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Daisy: I'm going to divide it into kitchen . . . (Has a jug thrown at her, then she begins typing).

This whole typing sequence contains four references, and they are:
  • The 1982 Ron Howard film Night Shift
  • The 1980 Reiner classic, Misery
  • Fantasia, the 1940 Disney cartoon classic
  • And finally, the music playing is Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

Tim: . . . we're having a sale on X-Men comics at the shop, and Bilbo wanted me to draw a picture of Wolverine slashing prices with his adamantium claws.
  • X-Men is a comic book series about a team of superhero mutants. It was first published by Marvel in 1963.
  • One of the characters on the X-Men team is Wolverine. He first appeared in the comic book world in 1974. His powers include animal heightened senses, as well as an ability to rapidly heal any wounds; but his most prominent and well known feature are his claws. His entire skeleton was covered with a specific kind of metal known as adamantium.
  • Adamantium is a fictional substance that is an unbreakable metallic alloy. Not only does Wolverine's skeleton have a coating of this precious metal, but also Captain America's shield is made of it.

(Talking about the party)
Daisy: It'll be great; I'll call all my friends, it'll be like Warhol's Factory.

Warhol's Factory was his art studio, particularly his first one from '63-'68. Although it was the centre of his work, it was also a place for local artists to hangout; it was also infamous for it's parties.

Daisy: (Whispers) If we have it, they will come.

This is a reference to the classic baseball film, Field of Dreams, which spawned the catch-phrase, 'If you build it, they will come.'

(Tim knocks on Brian's door)
Brian: Who is it?
Tim: Father Christmas.

For the North American viewers, Father Christmas is basically the UK equivalent to Santa Claus.

Tim: (On the phone with Mike) Bring the Beretta. Yeah. Oh, no, bring the GLOCK 17 . . .

Both Beretta and GLOCK are gunsmiths, the latter from Austria, and the former from Italy. The GLOCK 17, mentioned by Tim as his favourite, is a model that began in the early '80s and is still in use. It's renowned for it's resilience.

Daisy: Did you know her husband once drummed for Status Quo?

Status Quo is a prolific British rock group. Formed in 1967, they are still together, and although they did not break through to America, they have had several UK hits.

Tim: It's not that kind of security, it's like a gong, a troll, a Linus blanket, you know.

  • The first two are soft toys that were on the toy market. People often bought them as good luck charms. You can see a troll here.
  • A 'Linus blanket' refers to the Peanuts comic strip character Linus, who always carries his security blanket with him, as seen here.

Visual: Tim is reading a copy of Zenith.

Zenith is a new generation comic book superhero. Born as a son of the '60s heroes, he uses his superhuman powers to gain stardom.

(Looking at the 'glitter ball')
Brian: I see it as a tribute to Christo, the artist.
Tim: I see it as a waste of Baco, the foil.

  • Christo is known for his 'environmental installations', which focus on disrupting the entire environment of a location, and thus allowing viewers to see things in a new way. For example, covering a building with cloth.
  • BacoFoil is a popular brand of tinfoil in the UK.

Visual: The refrigerator is called 'CAL 900'.

This is a take on Kubrick's 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which a 'self-aware' computer, HAL 9000, takes over the ship.

Daisy: I put half a Magnum in there this afternoon, I can't get it out now.

Magnum, according to Unilever the producer of Magnum, is the top selling 'hand-held' ice cream in the UK.

Tim: Little cow. Standing there with her bloomin' purple hair and her alcopops . . .

For the American viewers, alcopops is a common UK term for bottle alcoholic drinks, such as Zima or Mike's Hard Lemonade.

Visual: After Twist comes in, Tim is reading a Judge Dredd comic.

Judge Dredd is a character, and series of comics, first appearing in 1977. He is a law enforcement character, and not only has police powers, but also judicial powers, meaning that he can try criminals on the spot and have them executed.

Brian: (Referring to Marsha's coat) Don't worry (Sound of a gunshot and a bullet ricocheting) I'll put it in Tim and Daisy's room. (Plays music)

The music playing is the theme song from The Magnificent Seven, the 1960 John Sturges classic Western.

Twist: Oh! Time Warp!

'Time Warp' is one of the songs from the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tim: It's boil-in-the-bag perversion for sexually repressed accountants and first year drama students with too many posters of Betty Blue, The Blues Brothers, Big Blue, and Blue Velvet on their blue bloody walls!

All of these are references to films; and they are:
  • The 1986 French film, Betty Blue by director Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • The 1980 John Landis comedy classic, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as The Blues Brothers
  • Another '80s French film, this time by Luc Besson, called The Big Blue
  • And lastly, Blue Velvet, the '86 David Lynch mystery thriller.

Tim: (To Mike, pulling out and aiming an imaginary gun) Will you stop it!

This is a reference from the '92 Tarantino feature, Reservoir Dogs.

Brian, Twist, Mike, and Tim: (To Daisy) Join us!

Referencing the Sam Raimi 1983 cult classic, The Evil Dead.

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