Episode 16: I'll Get There Sometime
"Let me talk to Parminter...what do you mean, he's tied up?...You mean he's really tied up?
Karen Dorron is in Germany, and she's 'apparently the key to some nasty business. She may be in big trouble'. Gene insists that Parminter has to miss dinner in order to rush to her rescue, along with Diane (yay!) and Gavin (woo!). It turns out that some nasty German mining company is planning a takeover bid, or something. Lots of breakfast is consumed by all concerned.
Meanwhile, Gene (boo!) jets all over the world in a desperate attempt to convince the viewers he's part of the story.
'Starring Gene Barry with Catherine Schell, Garrick Hagon and Barry Morse as Mr Parminter.' It's the helicopter-watching life for Parminter again, but I don't care because Schell and Hagon are back!!! Finally!!! Oh, we are deep in the joyload.
Patrick Jordan (Ryker), Pippa Steel (Karen Dorron), Frank Barrie (Werner), John Levene (Tony), Andrew Bradford (Max).
Supposedly Parminter and co are in Germany, so I assume that's where this was shot. Plenty of location work centering on, in and around a monorail train, and it's all very impressive.
Um...no, no briefing. Parminter travels to Wuppertal armed only with the information I quoted in the plot summary...
Who? Oh, him...
88-Delta again takes to the skies in this episode, and this week's special guest co-pilot is none other than Sergeant Benton himself. Gene's having a few troubles this week, which take him from Sydney to Bangkok with a dodgy engine, then on to Delhi where he is forced to land due to bad weather. We are treated to a split second montage of Chinese and Indian-type things with matching stereotypical music to convince us of these facts.
Other than that...no Gene. No Gene, no Gene, no Gene...yes!!!!
Between the previous episode and this episode, Parminter evidently took a nasty blow to the head. Suddenly, he's become a thoroughly incompetent tea-guzzling bowler-hatted twerp, wandering around with his umbrella and big moustache and saying "Oh my word!" and "If you would be so kind..." and "I do beg your pardon!". It's a wonderful re-invention of the character and Barry Morse hams it up magnificently. God bless im.
We also get our a second look inside Parminter's home. A nice cosy little place, it also happens to be the exact same layout as Gene's, except with different wallpaper. Hmm...
Diane doesn't get to do a whole lot here. She proves she's of use in a fight, overpowering a man with her handbag (before Parminter accidentally punches him out cold). Throughout, she and Gavin tend to be three steps ahead of their superior, which is nice. Later on, she gets to chase the monorail train in her car, before using said car to block the baddies escape.
And she's still as beautiful as ever, so let's have a picture of her.
Gavin's mainly on hand to beat people up, rescuing Parminter and Diane when the baddies take them hostage by politely knocking at their door and then beating up the guy that answers it.
Parminter's plan to save Karen and the file or whatever the heck he and Diane found at her apartment is to have Taylor jump onto the monorail train just before it leaves the station, and then leaping off again once Parminter has handed over the documents and they've released Karen. He doesn't do quite so well in this second fight, but it's still a pretty impressive performance from the lad. Worth noting are a few small jumping-from-a-reasonable-height type stunts that apparently Hagon did himself.
And he takes two sugars in his tea.
Gene gets involved in a fight in an Australian hotel at the start of the episode, but it's all shovings. No elbow-jabs to spines, headbutts to balls...nowt of any interest. Except that he tricks a maid into going in there before him - supposedly to confuse the baddies, but it does look like he's planning to use her as a human shield...
No old friends of Gene's appear here. And neither does Gene, much. Have I mentioned that already?
Five baddies here - two in Australia, three in Germany - including the head of the operation, who doesn't even appear until the end of the episode. I can't give names or anything - they're a fairly unremarkable bunch, and they all look like they've been in the series before anyhoo...
GAVIN: "I can't figure out why they...no, come on, it can't be that..."
DIANE: "Gavin, if you don't tell us what it's all about I'm gonna hit you!"
PARMINTER: "With full departmental approval!"
Yay! Banter and actual humour that is funny! Yes, it is! Oh, this is great...
PARMINTER: "Bradley won't like this. Won't like this at all..."
Well, tough. I know he's the star of the series, but he works for you. Not the other way round. At least, I think that's the way it works. I'm still not sure about the premise of the series, frankly...
PARMINTER: "If I'm right, the man who's behind all this will be waiting at the next station - and Taylor may need some help!"
DIANE: "He needs some help now..."
Yay! More banter and sarcasm! Why couldn't the series have been like this from the start? Why oh why oh why...
GAVIN: "Alright - cool it."
"You're under arrest, man. You have the right to remain groovy..."
That bald guy from Are You Being Served? mumbles "Must warn Karen..." before dying..or falling asleep, we're not told which. Gene looks concerned.
"Seems a little sluggish..."
This week, 1600592 is Parminter's home phone number, conflicting with whatever the number was back in Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?...which was also written by Tony Williamson...
Parminter, Diane and Gavin arrive in a red car, with Gavin driving. Later on, he and Diane are seen using a yellow car. Woo.
Pippa Steel mispronounces 'mineralogist' as 'mineralagist'.
It has to be the sequence with Parminter in the train and Gavin up on the roof - both imaginative and exciting, two words that I don't get to use a whole lot when describing this series.
This episode opens with that jolly little 'dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee!' music that I mentioned as quite liking back in one of the earlier episodes.
The Karen we meet in this episode is the third and final Karen of the series. Booyah.
Apologies if this seems shorter than usual - I was enjoying so much I didn't take many notes...
And finally - I have to comment on Gene's abscence from this episode. He was on holiday, for those of you who don't know. I'm sure Barry Morse could have carried an episode by himself easily, but the return of Catherine Schell and Garrick Hagon is both a godsend and well overdue. The three of them have fantastic chemistry and look as if they're having a lot of fun, even if their reliance on and adoration of Gene is a little distracting - they don't need him. This is what the series should have been from the start - two top agents wandering around Europe preventing their chief from making an arse of himself.
I have to give this episode the full five Geney heads. OK, it isn't very good television, but it's an absolute classic for this series, and it's all thanks to Gene...not being around.
Feel free to not come back soon, Gene. What's that? You're away next week too? Oh, result!
I kid the big guy, but still...this is one of the best episodes, and he's not really in it. That isn't a coincidence.
|If Gene were to do this, I'd be mocking him. Mercilessly. Gavin does it, and I think it looks cool. Hmm...|
"That was the man I had follow Gene to the airport. His plane's just taken off - Mr Barry is officially out of the country! PARTY!"
"Um...er...ah..." And so on.
For those of you who were missing him, here's Gene. Note Benton's thermos.
Gavin Taylor - Seventies superstud.
"Let's see if standing here makes me feel any studlier..."