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The bad news for Rick is that his appearance on Phil Randall's phone-in show was a typical disaster and that Mel has offered to pay for Magda to return home for her sister's wedding. The ... See full summary »

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Alex Hardcastle
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Episode cast overview:
Jack Dee ... Rick Spleen
Raquel Cassidy ... Mel
Antonia Campbell-Hughes ... Sam (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
Anna Crilly ... Magda
Sean Power ... Marty
Tony Gardner ... Michael
Rasmus Hardiker ... Ben
Alex Lowe Alex Lowe ... Phil Randell
Bronson Webb ... Spikey
Ronan Vibert ... Sir Kenneth Albright
Lorna Watson Lorna Watson ... Susan
Alex Macqueen ... Brendan (as Alex MacQueen)
Nadia Cameron-Blakey ... Camilla Raines
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The bad news for Rick is that his appearance on Phil Randall's phone-in show was a typical disaster and that Mel has offered to pay for Magda to return home for her sister's wedding. The good news is that Sam has split up with Ben but it gets worse when she seems to be going out with the ultra-gormless Spikey,who calls Rick Dick and is a 'walking bio-hazard'. Rick and Mel are invited to a dreadful play written by one of Mel's clients,who turns out to be a former stand-up. The play's high-spot is when Ben's phone,which Rick has in his possession,goes off at a crucial moment,a fact which gets reported in the local paper's review of the play to Rick's embarrassment. At least Rick can save some money when it turns out that Magda's sister's wedding is off as the groom is already married .And Sam goes back to Ben after Spikey puts himself in hospital after trying to illegally reconnect his electricity. Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 December 2008 (UK) See more »

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One Way Road
(uncredited)
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Paul Weller
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Meet Spikey
26 September 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

It's been a good third series of the show on the whole, and this is another of those episodes I prefer where a small incident becomes a huge mess for Rick Spleen.

The scene at the theatre was great, but it was nice to see Rick interacting with Spikey, the potential new man in Sam's life.

Credit to Jack Dee of course for continuing to find new layers to the character of Rick. At times we really shouldn't like him, but Dee makes sure there's enough charm about him that we continue to root for him.

Another good episode.


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