Episode 16.7: ‘Pablooooo, noooooo!!!’

We are right back at that tense moment in the pub, Pablo has told Big Dick that his fiancee Gina has been having an affair with Fred. At first Big Dick does not believe it, thinks it is all a joke, but then he sees no-one else is laughing. He demands some facts from Gina and then, angry and broken-hearted, he storms out of the pub – locking Fred, Gina and Pablo inside.

Pablo feels terrible for the drama he has created and for the danger Gina and Fred could be in, he thinks it is up to him to sort it out, takes the gun Big Dick keeps behind the bar and breaks his way out. Gina and Fred remain behind to talk and wait, getting more and more apprehensive.

Meanwhile, AJ knows nothing about the affair or its latest twist and when he bumps into Big Dick on the top of Lyle Hill manages to twist the knife in talking about Gina and what a wonderful woman she is and how happy Big Dick must be. Big Dick dons his leather jacket again, which he had discarded when he thought he was going to become a new man, and goes off in his car. His temper does not improve when the car breaks down several times along the way.

At Simpkins’ hotel, Simpkins fills AJ in with what has been happening. They discuss what they would do if they had discovered their lover had been loving another. Then AJ bangs on the door of the pub, pretending to be Big Dick and nearly gives Fred and Gina a heart attack!

Over at Reg’s, Eliza has stayed over and there has been some action with Reg – much to his surprise. But although he wants to be there for Eliza and their unborn twins, he still loves Pablo. And Pablo himself soon arrives, Eliza makes a hasty exit and the two men have a heart to heart over a game of cards. Pablo thinks he is losing it and should check himself into the local sanatorium. He wonders what he thinks he was doing with a gun and throws it out the window into the alley below. Before he heads off though, he thinks he should go back to the pub and apologise to Fred and Gina for interfering.

Meanwhile, Big Dick has also made his way back to the pub, pausing in the back alley where he sees his gun below the window of Reg’s flat, he picks it up and goes in.

Big Dick brandishes the gun at Fred, Gina steps in front of him and Pablo throws himself at Big Dick. There is a tussle and the gun goes off! Pablo slowly sinks to the ground. Big Dick looks at Fred and Gina and says, “Look what you have done. Pablo is dead”, then walks out. AJ and Fred and Gina gather around Pablo laying prone on the floor, in shock. The lights fade to black.

Memorable Moments:

  • That thrilling final scene. The long silence at the end, Gina crying real tears, many of the audience in tears too, it made the hairs on your arms stand up!
  • The opening scene. Long, tense but hilarious throughout, we find out that Fred has a Travelodge membership and got points every time he and Gina had a tryst there
  • Simpkins’ impression of Big Dick as he finds out about Gina and Fred
  • Big Dick’s flashback of happier times with Gina, riding along in the car together listening to soft rock musuic

Will we ever see Pablo again??? (Well, at least not for quite a long time, as the actor who played him is off in the West End playing Trigger in Only Fools and Horses!)

Will Gina and Fred make a go of it now it is all in the open, or was it all about the dirty dates in the Travelodges?

Are Eliza and Reg on the same page? Or has that hasty clinch changed the parameters of their practical relationship?

Find out next year in Season 17!

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