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Recap / Father Ted S 2 E 8 Cigarettes And Alcohol And Rollerblading

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After being set a challenge by Dick Byrne, Ted decides for Lent he'll give up smoking, Jack will give up drink, and Dougal will give up rollerblading. When they find themselves cracking after less than a day, they request help in keeping their vows and get a psychotic nun who enjoys keeping the priests on the straight and narrow a little too much.

Tropes featured in this episode:

  • Blackmail: After discovering Sister Assumpta broke her own Lenten vows to abstain from chocolate, Ted agrees to keep silent about it to her fellow nuns on the condition she mete out some of the same treatment she inflicted on them to the occupants of Rugged Island.
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  • Blatant Lies: 'He's just off for his walk.' A similar excuse appeared in Competition Time, and was used in the same context.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The chocolate Easter eggs John and Mary leave for the priests.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The episode ends with Sister Assumpta chasing the priests of Rugged Island around, in their underwear, periodically whacking them with a large tree branch.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: A variant. Assumpta takes her job of getting people back on track with their Lenten vows VERY seriously.
  • Epic Fail: Ted, Dougal and Jack can't go one day without returning to their vices.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Ted jumps straight onto his bed without looking and discovers too late that Sister Assumpta replaced his mattress with bricks.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Father Dick Byrne.
  • Funny Background Event: Dougal doesn't seem to mind his ice bath. It even has a little rubber duck.
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  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After sobering up, Jack is horrified to learn he's still stuck on Craggy Island.
    Jack: DON'T TELL ME I'M STILL ON THAT FECKING ISLAND!
  • I Lied: Dick Byrne tells Ted he and his fellow priests on Rugged Island are taking their Lenten vows seriously and convinces Ted to do likewise. It later turns out he and the others had no intention to keep their Lenten vows; it was all just to screw with the occupants of Craggy Island.
  • No Indoor Voice: Even when sober Jack shouts.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Ted mentions a previous Scrabble competition between himself and Dick Byrne where somehow Dick get all his words to spell "Useless Priest Can't Say Mass".
    • Another incident is brought up when Ted is trying to remind Dougal who Assumpta is. We're told they stayed with her in Kildare, that Dougal got hit by a car on the way to the shop for the paper, that the young priest won £100 on the sweepstakes, that he was arrested for shoplifting, that the police station went on fire, that he fell out of a rescue helicopter into a zoo's tiger exhibit... and that he was wearing his blue jumper.
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  • Nun Too Holy: Sister Assumpta is definitely this.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ted and Dougal's reaction before Sister Assumpta starts the 12 Step Program for them for Lent by dragging them behind a tractor.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Sister Assumpta when she's greeted by Father Dick Byrne.
  • Running Gag: Larry Duff still can't catch a break when Ted calls him (though at least in this case, it wasn't in a near fatal situation).
    • Mrs. Doyle continues to have trouble getting down from the windowsill.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In keeping with his usual behaviour regarding nuns, Jack flees out the window at the sight of Sister Assumpta.
  • Skewed Priorities: Ted's motivation for taking Lent seriously.
    Ted: And Dougal, don't forget why we're doing this!
    Dougal: I know, I know! Because of the sacrifice Our Lord made-
    Ted: It's about more than that! I'm not going to be beaten by Dick Byrne in a giving things up competition!
  • Tempting Fate: Ted expresses a belief that the rest of Sister Assumpta watching over them will just involve a "bit of an old pray". That optimism is abruptly dashed in the next scene.
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