OK, the deal: random episodes of T.Bag are picked out of a computer gizmo (all far too technical for me - I just push a button!), I review it and anyone else who wants to join in is more the welcome
Hmmm - this randomiser is a funny old thing; we've got a nice contrast this fortnight, but it seems to be obsessed with Episode 1s and Episode 4s ... anyway, the number out is 14, so the episode is ...
T.BAG STRIKES AGAIN, EPISODE 4: 'SCRAP HARRY'
As usual, the episode (in four parts) has been posted on my photobucket account and you can find it by following the links below:
The randomiser has picked another classic episode for us this time. You might want to give the randomiser a kick on the side Raggedbone - then it may give us something that's not an episode one, four or Christmas special! It is good to go back to a Tallulah Bag episode after three Tabatha Bag era episodes, I wonder what random episode we'll be enjopying next time?
I've had chance to watch through this episode from our random review list, I look forward to reading everyone's thoughts of the episode and you can read my review below:
T-Bag Strikes Again: Episode Four ‘Scrap Harry’ - My Review
Debbie arrives on the boat belonging to Scrap Harry, a scrap metal merchant and hides on board when Scrap Harry arrives. This starts the story quite quickly and is a necessity in an episode that lasts less than twenty minutes (if you take out the title sequence and credits).
Scrap Harry is introduced by the medium of song. The Scrap Harry theme song, written by Terry Trower, is a true classic song of the series. The song is highly memorable all these years later; the song is a credit to the writer and all the songs add to the charm in every episode they appear - this episode is certainly no exception. The song lets you know all we need to know about the character of Scrap Harry and sets the back-story of the character in the most effective and the quickest way possible. Scrap Harry is played by Richard Rees and soon becomes one of the most memorable characters of the series.
Following on from the previous episode T-Shirt says he wanted to stay with Ben and Bunty Badshot to play cricket. This neatly ties in with the previous episode and makes the series feel more of a whole story rather than individual escapades, adding more depth to the series as a whole. T-Bag rounds up his board games (last seen in the previous episode) to sell them, she instructs T-Shirt to tidy up the shelves in the T-Room. T-Bag is on top form bossing around T-Shirt and this becomes more evident as the Tallulah Bag series continued throughout the 1980’s. The partnership between Elizabeth Estensen and John Hasler can be seen so abundantly in this episode.
T-Bag visits Scrap Harry to sell the games but he tells her he only deals with scrap metal. T-Bag spins him a yarn of her long lost daughter called Debbie and tells him to keep her there if she turns up. Scrap Harry then feels sorry for her and then takes her games and in exchange he gives her a balloon as payment. This scene gives Elizabeth Estensen a chance to portray T-Bag as a distraught mother and is incredibly funny when she starts serious and unexpectedly then says ‘bleugh’ after describing Debbie.
T-Bag then back at the T-Room gives T-Shirt the balloon but she pops it with her hat pin and she orders him to make a cup of tea.
Debbie then realises the boat is out at sea and she is discovered by Scrap Harry, he explains her mum is very worried about her, when Scrap Harry describes her ‘Mum’ Debbie realises it is T-Bag.
T-Shirt is upset about T-Bag popping her balloon but T-Bag sees Debbie on board the boat in her saucer and decides to watch.
Debbie starts looking again for the silver number 4 on the boat but comes across a magic lamp, she gentle rubs the lamp and an old genie then materialises from the lamp. He explains that she has a wish but when she asks for the silver number 4 he starts to help her look rather than use his magic and he is getting too old.
T-Bag appears on the boat to find Debbie but before she does Debbie wishes the genie to hide her. The Genie uses his magic to hide Debbie in the lamp. T-Bag then accosts the Genie and Scrap Harry turns up (it is a small boat after all). Scrap Harry explains that Debbie has turned up but is unsure where she is now, he explains to the Genie that Debbie is her daughter and the Genie tells her she is hidden in the lamp. T-Bag snatches the lamp and takes it (with Debbie trapped inside) back to the T-Room. T-Bag places the lamp on the shelves and in a happy mood tells T-Shirt he can magic himself up some balloons. When T-Bag leaves T-Shirt tries and conjures up a balloon that sinks to the ground, the expression on T-Shirt’s face is priceless.
Back on the boat Scrap Harry and the Genie are playing cards but the Genie just wants his home back, Scrap Harry says the lady will bring it back. T-Shirt then turns up and asks for a balloon but Scrap Harry explains that he uses them to pay when he is given scrap metal. T-Shirt then goes back to the T-Room to get the box of items from the shelf. Back at the T-Room T-Shirt spots the lamp and adds that to the box of junk. T-Shirt gives Harry the box and he gives him the whole bunch of balloons and T-Shirt disappears again. Scrap Harry and the Genie search through the box and finds the lamp, the Genie then transports Debbie out of the lamp and back on board the ship.
Debbie tells them that T-Bag is not her Mum and she is evil and if she can find the silver number 4 that would help to stop T-Bag.
Back at the T-Room, T-Bag is happy until she notices the lamp is missing, T-Shirt tells her he sold it alongside everything else to Scrap Harry and she screams.
The Genie then tries his magic to conjure up the four, on his first attempt he gets an apple core, the second attempt he gets a saw and the third attempt he gets a door. The Genie walks through the door and Debbie find the silver number 4 on the door. The Genie then goes back to his lamp for a rest on his third attempt. It seems to be a third-time lucky for the Genie and adds the charm to the muddled Genie and is played wonderfully well by Jack Haig.
The placement of the silver number 4 is welcome surprise near the end of the episode, after wondering where the number would turn up; this last moment discovery gives the story more time to build and is much improved because of it. Scrap Harry then offers to drop Debbie off at the next story and the series continues into the next episode.
Overall I have decided to give the episode 9 out of 10 as I feel the episode deserves recognition as one of the classic episodes of T-Bag’s 94-episode run, with the T-Bag series only in it’s second series, this episode is a credit to the writers, producer, director and absolutely everyone involved in it’s production.
This episode is not to be left on the scrap heap and I have thoroughly enjoyed re-watching it (for the umpteenth time). To sum up this episode I only need to use these words – Pure Genie-us!
Hmmm okay I haven't seen this ep since I was small and now that I've seen it I liked it alot I vaugly remember Tallulah Bag but I remember how I really loved watching her til Tabatha Bag come onto our screens later.
Now this ep was great with Debbie hiding from T.Bag at the begin but getting caught later when the gene puts her in the lamp which T.Bag takes later and gloats at Debbie in the lamp that she has her now. But as usaul T.Shirt always seems to ruin T.Bag's success taking the lamp back to Scrap Harry in return for a balloon. It all works out in the end with Debbie finally free from the lamp and with the help of the gene she finally gets the silver number 4, with T.Bag licking her wounds yet again after she finds out T.shirt returned the lamp back to Scrap Harry for a bunch of balloons.
Again great T.Bag episode and I give it a 6 or 7 out of 10 not quite the best, but its still a great T.Bag episode!