The New Statesman (1987–1994)
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California Here I Come 

When parliament's man of the moment, Alan B'Stard, flies to California....


Geoffrey Sax




Episode cast overview:
Rik Mayall ... Alan B'Stard
Michael Troughton ... Piers Fletcher-Dervish
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ... Houghton Mifflin
Julianne White ... Donna Nightingale
Mac McDonald ... Sheriff
William Sleigh William Sleigh ... Castro
Lewis Hancock Lewis Hancock ... Elevator Attendant


B'stard, with Piers in tow, flies to Hollywood to pitch the idea of a Parliament-based soap opera to producer Houghton Mifflin - who rejects it. B'stard's luck changes when actress Donna Nightingale invites him in for sex but he gets locked out of her house in his underwear whilst getting her tranquillizers from her car and is arrested for indecent exposure and attempted burglary. Piers comes to bail him out but is also arrested for possession of cocaine, the inhalation of which turns him into a violent Royalist. Thus when B'stard goads the sheriff into calling a gay prisoner 'an ugly old queen' Piers attacks him and the pair escape back to England. Written by don @ minifie-1

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12 February 1989 (UK) See more »

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[Donna has convinced Alan to tie her to her bed as a prelude to sex]
Donna Nightingale: Tighter! Tighter! Oww! That's great! I hope you won't go and rip off my flimsy underwear and ravage my defenseless body.
Alan B'Stard: Well, I wouldn't lay any odds. This is better than being a gynocologist.
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Best episode so far.
18 October 2017 | by OrangieTooDopeSee all my reviews

This is definitely the best episode up to this point in the series. I think I'm finally starting to get this show. One thing I couldn't help but notice was the use of what must be the only American actor in Britain, Lou Hirsch. His thick New York accent fits in perfectly in a 1989 Hollywood full of 30 year old cars. Oh, I forgot the Malibu county sheriff with the southern accent and the guy in the cell with the constantly changing accent. Rik was even nice enough to give Julianne White another shot at sitcom fame since her 30 second appearance in the TIME episode of The Young Ones didn't set the world on fire. But like I said, I'm finally starting to get this show. I thought they were losing me with all the communist drivel and 30 year old British political references but I was wrong. Even though on the surface this appears to be Rik's most professional and mainstream show, it's really not. It's just like all of his other shows. Very little continuity and plot resolutions that rarely make sense.

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