The Balowskis and their lookalikes were grown on a secret Soviet clone farm.
The farm was located in a defunct section of The London Underground
. It was discovered and infiltrated by MI5 sometime prior to the start of the series. Unfortunately, the self-aware clones escaped in the ensuing siege and took up residence above ground. Most of them took the code name of the project, "Balowski", as a surname, but trained themselves to act British (with varying degrees of success) so as not to invite suspicion.
Vyvyan's father is a Weasley
(but not any of the ones we know).
Bright red hair? Check. Propensity for mischief? Check. Clever and inventive? Check. Taste in automobiles? Ford Anglia. The Weasleys are fascinated with and freely associate with Muggles, so it's not entirely impossible that one of them could have had a brief dalliance with a Muggle woman. If we assume
that Vyv is 19 in 1982, he would have been born around 1963. Therefore, Arthur Weasley (born in 1950) would have been too young. However, the books state that Arthur had at least two brothers, and if one or both of them were significantly older, they would be likely candidates. Even though Vyv is a Muggle for all intents and purposes, this theory could account for his enhanced abilities (occasional Super Strength
, Hard Head
-edness, ability to ingest poisons and non-edible items
with no ill effects) as well as his ridiculous Healing Factor
- Bilius (Ron Bilius' namesake). Although it was never explicitly stated whether he was Arthur's or Molly's brother, many fans presume him to be a Weasley. Very little is divulged of him, except that he was prone to outrageous behavior — namely, getting drunk and raising hell. His name is derived from the word "bilious", which indicates the classical personality type associated with an excess of yellow bile, and thus is a synonym for "choleric". In the show's Four-Temperament Ensemble, Vyvyan occupies the Choleric corner.
One day the boys will get their own movie and cross over with, Danger Days
I hope so at least.
Mike is the Fifties, Neil is the Sixties, Vyvyan is the Seventies, and Rick is the Eighties.
- Alternatively, except for Rick, they're time travellers from different decades that wind up in the Eighties, which is why they hate Rick so much.
At least one of the lads, or Balowskis, is unknowingly a Reality Warper
Itís the only way in heaven, hell, or on earth this show could ever make sense.
Vyvyan knew he had trapped wind the whole time; he just used his flatmatesí stupidity to his advantage.
Heís been hinted to be Obfuscating Stupidity
more than once by this point in the series, shown to be more than willing to manipulate people to achieve his ends, and is obviously secure enough to let himself blow up like a balloon and lead the other lads on, as long as it meant he wouldn't be the one to have to try and get a job. By the time the problem resolved itself and his cover was blown,
it didnít matter, because Neil had already taken the hit. Completely brilliant!
- Presumably true, as he had to have contorted his belly deliberately for it to "kick" Rick in the head.
Vyvyan survives the bus explosion in "Summer Holiday".
The guy survived having his own head cut off, it seems like it would take more of an explosion to finish him.
- As did Mike, since he's seen graduating in the first season's opening credits. He bribed the college to overturn his failed exams and consequently got his degree.
Most of the events of "Summer Holiday" weren't real- it was all part of Neil's daydream.
The episode starts out with university finishing for the summer, and after Neil comes in to complain about his exams, he has an elaborate fantasy where, after being bullied by the other three to alleviate their boredom, he becomes the Incredible Hulk and dishes out some payback. When he "snaps out of it", he is shirtless and goes inside to lie down, implying it wasn't just a daydream...but another way of looking at it is, the daydream never ended
. It's notable that quite a lot of unpleasant things happen to the lads that don't get an explanation, even by the standards of the series, such as Mike casually mentioning Rick's parents are dead and it's never mentioned how, why or even if it's true. Neil quickly points out to Rick that after all the bad things Rick has done to Neil, Rick deserves this to happen to him, which is unusual in that something actually goes right
for Neil. The lads get kicked out of the house (which Neil spends most of the time cleaning), and then the Postman brings them their exam results where Neil, not expert blackmailer Mike, gets the best score out of them. They then manage to successfully
rob a bank (with everyone agreeing to pin the blame on Rick, not Neil, unlike the decision to eat Neil in "Flood"), Vyvyan crashes his car and SPG dies, both of which he treated with much more consideration than he ever did Neil, then, when the lads are all getting along and acting how Neil would like them to act, the fantasy is promptly ruined by them all crashing off a cliff, which fits in with Neil's pessimistic nature.
The Cutaway Gags
, the Animate Inanimate Objects
, the Talking Animals
, the extreme randomness, the cartoonish violence. It all adds up.