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It's 'Rag Week': a time when university students pull pranks left, right, and centre. After a few pranks Derek feels saddened by the lack of a real criminal threat, whereas Raymond is quite relieved that he is only facing students. Also, the tension about Raymond and Patricia's love life, or lack there of, continues.

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Monday December 04th, 1995

Director: John Birkin
Writer: Ben Elton


Guest Stars
Gabrielle BluntGabrielle Blunt
As (Unknown)
Recurring
Walter SparrowWalter Sparrow
As Old Man in Crowd
Recurring
Bill MoodyBill Moody
As (Unknown)
Dicken AshworthDicken Ashworth
As Bank Robber (Third revealed)
Jean AinslieJean Ainslie
As Woman with Rheumatism
Julian RivettJulian Rivett
As (Unknown)
Lloyd McGuireLloyd McGuire
As (Unknown)
Paul Williams (4)Paul Williams (4)
As (Unknown)
Ruth ArnoldRuth Arnold
As (Unknown)

Recap

This episode opens with Raymond and Patricia getting on their bikes outside some shops. Just then, a gang of students rushes by shouting wildly and carrying collection tins. This – of course – perturbs Raymond, but Patricia reminds him that they’re just college kids having a laugh, and that it is rag week after all. When they get to the station, they’re in the midst of a disagreement: Pat thinks their home life is boring, but Raymond disagrees and thinks its full of life and excitement...

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Episode Notes
Many viewers outside the U.K. may not be aware what Rag Week is. Simply put, 'Rag' organizations are university based charity groups, and during that particular week, most of the fund-raising is concentrated and often consists of wild stunts and pranks



Episode Quotes
Fowler: Oh well, I suppose we were all young once.
Patricia: Not you Raymond; you were born middle aged.  

Grim: (Perusing through files) Juvenile, juvenile, juvenile.
Crockett: (Handing Grim more files) More juvenile, sir.
Grim: Just once in a while I’d like to nick someone whose balls had dropped.

Grim: Kray, phone the home office, phone the armed response unit, and get me a tea – milk with four sugars.
Kray: In what order, sir?
Grim: Blimey Kray1 Where were you dragged up? Milk first, tea next, sugar last.

Grim: Look, this may be a hoax, it may not be. All I know is, if it is genuine, my ass will be on the line and I don’t want a cock up. 

Dawkins: Well, I shouldn’t each so much rubbish anyway, I think it’s making me flabby.
Fowler: No, absolutely nonsense , Patricia.
Dawkins: Really?
Fowler: Of course! It’s got nothing to do with diet. You’re bound to start to sag a bit as you get older.

Fowler: Sometimes I imagine myself doing something splendidly heroic, to make you proud of me: Proud and happy.
Dawkins: You can make me proud and happy, Raymond, by going to the bank when I asked you and occasionally giving me a damn good rogering!



Cultural References
Fowler: I once possessed a Whoopee Cushion.

Whoopee Cushions were a long standing gag item: a rubber cushion filled with air that when sat upon, emits the air and creates the sound of flatulence.

Fowler: It was the best Scrabble score I've ever had.

Scrabble is perhaps the world's most famous word based board game (seen here).

Goody: Is this one of those brain teasers, sir, where Cleopatra turns out to be a goldfish?

Goody is referring to a puzzle, that goes like this:
    Anthony and Cleopatra are lying dead on the floor of a villa in Egypt. Nearby is a broken bowl. There is no mark on either of their bodies and they were not poisoned. How did they die?

    Answer:
    Anthony and Cleopatra were goldfish whose bowl was knocked over by a clumsy dog.

Grim: Kray, phone the Home Office . . .

The Home Office is the government agency responsible not only for the entire police throughout England and Wales, but also the judicial system and immigration.

Fowler: . . . you’ll find yourself in court, having to recite the lyrics of ‘The Good Ship Venus’.

The Good Ship Venus is an old, bawdy pirate Ballad, the lyrics of which are quite varied. One version can be found here. (Reader discretion is advised.)

Fowler: Can not a fellow be allowed a few moments of peace to read a chapter of Sherlock Holmes . . .

Sherlock Holmes is a fictitious detective character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous mystery novels.

Fowler: I think I might be forgiven for wanting to dream again about my boyhood dreams of foiling the machinations of the Red Headed League.

The Red Headed League is the name of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels.

Fowler: I was about to ask for two tickets to see Lawrence of Arabia.

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 David Lean epic starring Peter O'Toole.

Fowler: The point, Constable Kray, to quote The Police Statement of Purpose and Common Value . . .

This is just what the title suggests. The full statement is thus:
    "The purpose of the Police Service is to uphold the law fairly and firmly; to prevent crime; to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law; to keep The Queen's Peace to protect, help and reassure people; and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgement. We must be compassionate, courteous and patient, acting without fear or favour or prejudice to the rights of others. We need to be professional, calm and restrained in the face of violence and apply only that force which is necessary to accomplish our lawful duty. We must strive to reduce the fears of the public and, so far as we can, to reflect their priorities in the action we take. We must respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to change." (From the Metropolitan Police website)



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