Okay, so we’ve had sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia during our opening two episodes, but I’m really hoping that we’ll have moved away from having to address issues like that soon, I await episode 3 with glee, I wonder what it was called….
Episode 3: Cash and Curry
Original airdate 22nd September 1981
7.3 million viewers
Running time: 30 Minutes
A little bit of trivia to begin, apparently this episode was written title first; the whole plot developed after that pun was dreamt up. Also worth noting is the bounce of 1.2 million viewers returning, which had to settle some nerves after the decline for episode two. Anyway, on with the review:
I’ve been crashing through the doors of every Curry House and Takeaway from Battersea Bridge to Collier’s Wood Tube Station! I can now leap out of that Vauxhall Velux ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ style, make a chapati and say “Get stuffed” in Urdu!*
The Velox gets another mention here too.
Del: [Standing up and walking behind the sofa] Our late Mother, well she’s dead now, she left us this family heirloom [Walking behind Rodney] it was this Victorian globe [stroking Rodney’s hair as though this story is difficult for them to recall]Rodney: [Wearily] Meant the world to us [Del glares at Rodney, pulls his hair a little to warn him]Del: As he said, it meant the world to us. But their came a time we fell upon stony groundRodney: [Looks up in disbelief] We fell on stony ground did we?Del: Yes, we fell on stony ground [Rodney nods sarcastically] And the only thing we had of any value was this Victorian globe we cherished!Vimmal: You sold it?Del: No I raffled it down the betting shopVimmal: But of course you know the feeling of loss?Rodney: [Dripping with scepticism] Well not really because by some stroke of luck Del had the winning ticket [Del subtly thumps Rodney on the head]Del: Yeah I fink it was God or summin’
“We can go anywhere where people think they can exploit the religious bigotry of two stupid immigrants”
*That distance is about 5.7 miles according to Google maps.