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Recap / Father Ted S 2 E 2 Think Fast Father Ted

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The parochial house has a leak, which happens to be over Jack's head. Ted and Dougal move him, only to have another leak start over Jack's new position. Ted decides to hold a raffle to raise money for the roof. He calls Bishop Brennan and secures permission to raffle a blue Rover 213. Ted and Dougal leave to retrieve the Rover. Upon their return, Dougal spots a small dent on the bonnet. Ted is dismayed and tries to "tap it away" with a hammer from the tool kit. However, after much time has passed, Ted has only succeeded in destroying the car's exterior.


Realising that they are in dire straits if Bishop Brennan should learn what was done to the Rover, Ted decides to procure another. The priests remember that Father Finnegan, the so-called "dancing priest", has a Rover identical to the ruined original. They travel to Finnegan's home to "borrow" the Rover, intending to set things up so that they can have the car in the raffle and return it later. Ted gets permission and the keys. As soon as Ted leaves his sight, Father Finnegan drops dead of a heart attack.

Knowing that they can't give the borrowed Rover away, Ted and Dougal rig the raffle in order for them to win and return the car. The plan involves Ted, as the Master of Ceremonies, calling the number 11. This number will be Dougal's. On the day of the event, Ted and Dougal work feverishly to sell tickets. They also secure Father Billy O'Dwyer, a.k.a. "Spinmaster", to provide music. However, he only has one record and a major gambling problem, which results in his purchase of 2000 raffle tickets. Later, the announcement that the organisers have won the raffle manages to suck the life out of the event.


Back at the parochial house, Mrs. Doyle reveals that Father Finnegan has died. Ted is relieved, realising he will be able to keep the car. However, things turn to the worse quickly. Ted discovers that an inebriated Father Jack has stolen the car in an effort to acquire more to drink. He asks Father Jack what he has done with the car. Jack explains curtly that he ran into two trucks. When Ted and Dougal inspect the damage, they discover that the rear half has been smashed beyond repair. While they are out, Father O'Dwyer steals the raffle money to pay off his debts, leaving Ted and Dougal with nothing. With the weathermen predicting rain until August, and the leak getting worse and worse, Ted, Jack, Dougal and Mrs Doyle are forced to spend the rest of the year in anoraks.


Tropes featured in this episode:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: It is implied to be a long night-time drive from Finnegan's home to Ted's house, but instead of the priests stopping off somewhere, we see a morning sequence of them asleep in the car (Ted is literally asleep at the wheel) while the car drives on as if there is a driver without stopping in the middle of the road.
  • Answers to the Name of God: "OH JESUS WE'RE DEAD! OH GOD ALMIGHTY!"
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?:
    Dougal: Wait, I'm not sure. I mean, it's a big step, and where are we going to get the guns?
  • Artistic License – Cars: Two trucks crashing into a car would rather create a situation where the car is pancaked by the trucks or even mangled up. Either way it would have rendered the car completed wrecked and undriveable front and back, rather than only having the rear end crushed. If the episode had depicted Dougal going 'Not too bad' at the completed wrecked car in a Comically Missing the Point moment, this would have been fine.
  • Artistic Licence - Geography: The priests drive overnight from Father Finnegan's house to Craggy Island. While the location of Craggy Island is never shown one can drive across Ireland (Dublin to Galway, for example) in about two hours and from north to south in about six hours. An overnight is possible but you'd have to go from one end of the country to the other.
  • Beyond the Impossible: The first leak suddenly clears up before the second one opens. In the real world, this is impossible.
  • The Bore: Father Austin Purcell.
  • Brick Joke: The car.
  • Captain Oblivious: After securing Finnegan's car for the raffle, Ted excitedly goes outside and says 'Bingo!' to Dougal while dangling the keys. Dougal's response is a flat "No luck then?".
  • Catapult Nightmare: When Ted releases that Bishop Brennan won't be happy when he learns about the fate of the car.
  • Comical Overreacting: Double subverted to the point of Delayed Reaction:
    Ted: No, we can't give that away as a prize.
    (Later, after the priests have fallen asleep that night)
  • Comically Missing the Point: "No luck then, Ted?"
  • Cringe Comedy: The raffle scene has layers of this.
  • Delayed Reaction/Double Take: Ted after seeing the damage to the first Rover
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Ted invokes this idea to bring Dougal around to the idea of rigging the raffle by saying that Bishop Brennan would actually murder them if he found out the car was wrecked.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    Dougal: It's no use, Ted! You'll never get it absolutely right!
  • Epic Fail: The raffle.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: The raffle.
  • The Gambling Addict: Billy O'Dwyer
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: The only thing that stops Ted's panic attack is Dougal slapping him, which Ted warns never to do again.
  • Gilligan Cut: Ted says he'll be alright once he gets some sleep. The next scene is of him panicking in bed.
  • How Unscientific!: What happens with the leak when Jack gets moved counts.
  • I Did What I Had to Do
  • Ignored Expert: Off-screen. When Mrs. Doyle is talking about Finnegan's fatal heart attack, the following is said:
    Mrs. Doyle: [The doctors] warned him to cut it down to twelve hours a day but he couldn't stop dancing.
  • Insane Troll Logic: "If Bishop Brennan finds out that we wrecked the car, he will kill us. And murder is a terrible, terrible sin. So, by committing this little sin, we'll actually be saving a bishop's soul."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: As Ted rages about who would steal from a priest, Dougal points out that the raffle was, after all, rigged.
  • Missed Him by That Much: More like 'Missed His Death by That Much'.
  • Motor Mouth: Father Purcell. It is part of what makes him boring.
  • Non Sequitur: The birds attacking the priests.
  • Noodle Incident: When Dougal suggests running away, Ted points out that they're always found when they do.
    • Ted mentions that the entire population of a village in Nigeria where Father Purcell was doing missionary work sailed to their deaths on a crocodile-infested lake rather than endure another day with him.
  • Nun Too Holy: Gender-inverted with Billy.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In the shot of the house during a storm (as with all other shots), there are no large plants close to the house whatsoever; but about a minute and a half after this shot, a tree falls into the living room.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ted when Jack reveals he took the car.
  • Repeated Cue, Tardy Response: Happens to Ted here because Dougal failed to realise that his number (chosen specifically for the purpose of rigging the raffle) had been called.
  • Running Gag: The Rovers
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Ted during his panic attack in bed.
  • Shout-Out: The writers have stated that the bird attack scene was inspired by the special effects in The Birds.
  • Throw It In!: Father Purcell's rambling over the end credits was entirely improvised by Ben Keaton.
  • Watch the Paint Job: The Rovers.

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