Episode 12. "Gone"

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"Skip to the end..."

The one where Tim and Daisy go for a night on the town.


Lee Ingle as the lead scally and Alex Noodle as the belching scally
(both are students from a local acting school).


'Ki-Ora' juice drink 'This Life' (Millie and Egg) Jamie Oliver (Daisy's cooking style) 'Monkey' Elvis Presley Posters in Tim's room include 'The Simpsons', Sarah Michelle Gellar and 'Judge Dread' The X men (Tim's Wolverine key ring) The Red Hand gang Jack Daniels whiskey 'Platoon' ('Adagio for Strings' playing after a gun battle) Romford (a shitty town in Essex) 'Jurassic Park'

First appearance of...

Daisy's 'stew' Marsha's story about her running days Invisible guns.

"...thumping tunes, kicking bass..."

  • 'Blood Bubble' by the Bluetones.
  • 'From Rushholme with love' by Mint Royale.
  • 'Legal Man' by Belle and Sebastian.
  • 'Adagio for Strings' by Samuel Barber.
  • 'Homage to Patagonia' by Lemon Jelly.

"...a super race of mice-spiders..."

Daisy and Tim imagine what would have become of Marsha had she pursued her career in track racing rather than getting on the sauce. In this alternate world she has become a kind of a Sue Barker character, presenting Grandstand. Tim, upon finding Daisy being chatted up by Duane Benzie, imagines the two of them far into the future living together and enjoying a cigarette after sex.

And I quote...

Tim: "How sexy am I?"
Daisy: "Very, very, you look good. You look really; it's good it's nice, it's nice cos you know you don't want to look like you made too much of an effort."
Tim looks unconvinced: "I'll change my shirt."

Lead kid smoking a spliff: "Get on that!"

Kid 2 looks suspiciously at the spliff: "That aint grass, it's oregano."
Lead kid: "How do you know?"
Kid 2: "I'm a catering student."

Brian: "They" [women] "are the true creators. Aren't they? Cos all men do is just destroy things."
Mike looks wistfully into the middle distance: "Yeah."

Mike: "If there's one thing I learned from the military it's never leave a man behind"
Brian: "He's" [Colin] "a dog."
Mike: "Or a dog."

Tim muses about the life he might have had with Sarah had they not split up: "I don't think about her really, I don't miss her, I don't think about what it would have been like to get married. You know, move into a nice detached house in Highgate have a couple of kids and a pro-logic surround sound TV, I don't think about that; and a studio."

"What a bitch".

Brian enters the flat and complains about Twist being in "... a mood."
Tim: "Oh what a surprise, an unreliable girlfriend. What's the matter with her?"
Brian: "I dunno, she didn't really specify."
Tim: "Oh that's right yeah you've gotta guess haven't you"
Brian: "They are the true children of nature ... they look like us, two arms, two legs..."
Tim: "... two faces."

Tim meets Duane Benzie in a seedy Indie bar, Tim: "This isn't the kind of place I'd expect to find you."
Duane: "Funny, this is exactly the kind of place I'd expect to find you."

Duane Benzie: "Why don't you piss off back to Romford where you belong!?" Woe betide anyone who deserves to be in Romford.

Give that man a BAFTA

The episode opens by dumping the audience straight into the middle of Tim and Daisy's night out, they run around the back streets of London before getting cornered by a street gang. With no where to go and the gang of kids demanding drugs, Tim and Daisy look at each other; "Let em have it!" says Daisy, the Bluetones' amped-up guitars kick in, quickly cut to the 'Spaced' logo, 6 hours earlier... Brilliant opening.

"Do you rent downstairs?"

Tim, as Mike puts it, is suffering from "... emotional paranoia as a result of [his] brake up with Sarah" . Sophie cancels one date and Tim is suddenly convinced that she's sleeping with her boss "This is how it starts; it's excuses! 'Oh I've gotta work late, I've got a presentation, I've gotta speak with the New York office and they're 5 hours behind' ... it's me and Sarah, it's Millie and Egg, it's textbook!" Yikes!

"Today's youth... okay young adults."

The Spaced writers, in 'Gone' go back to their trusted theme of the fear of younger people, especially baseball-cap-wearing teenagers. The trouble starts when Tim tries to be friendly with a youth the toilets of the trashy Indie bar "It's too orangey for crows!" (in a reference to the psychedelic Kiora adverts of the 80s) he says, the young chav is none too responsive. Although the age gap between Tim and this youth is probably no more than 10 years, the kid perceives Tim's actions as some kind of challenge. The gang of scallies, led by the same kid, who mug Tim and Daisy don't look quite old enough yet to be doing their A levels, Tim says that they look 12. Daisy does her best primary school teacher impression in an attempt to get them to back off, this fails somewhat as they intimate our heroes by posturing and belching their way into taking their weed.

Tim and Daisy sitting in a tree...

Tim and Daisy have to wait on the doorstep of 23 Meteor street until the early hours. They huddle together for warmth and begin to discuss relationships, Tim talks about how being single isn't so bad and that the key is "... not to go looking for it, things happen when you least expect it." They look at each other and draw closer, Colin appears and drops Tim's keys in front of him, Tim says "Is that your dog?" Daisy responds "Are those your keys?" , then Mike and Brian turn up and the moment is forgotten.

Tim massively over-reacts when he finds Duane Benzie chatting up Daisy, he imagines them as a couple in the far future. This boy's got issues.

"Ooh Mamma!"

Tim: "... we smoke a fatty-boombatty on the way so we can be absolutely munted by the time we get there."
This line is great, bonus points for use of the words 'munt' and 'fatty-boombatty'. After this he hopes that "... we'll end up laughing like a pair of twats."

There are lots of drug references in this episode, not least the fact that all our heroes end up ingesting large quantities of marijuana after Daisy accidentally puts it in her stew. As the credits roll Tim comments "That was a great stew Daise." , Daisy stares into space before replying "I'm gonna make another one." The gang of scallies think that they've stolen Tim's 'puff', in fact they have Daisy's Oregano.

Marsha says that she met her husband when he ran her over and offered her a bottle of Jack Daniels: "He said, 'Go on love, It'll help with the pain.' he was not wrong..." On the 'night out' Tim and Daisy first order cider but then settle for tequila slammers.

"Fuck off Twist!"

The series gets dangerously close to using a dirty word that even channel 4 wouldn't allow, the misprinted magazine is called 'Total Cult'. The artsy play in London is called 'Absolute Bollocks'. Tim says "If all goes to plan we'll end up laughing like a couple of twats." During the gun battles, several of the participants mutter muffled profanities under their breath (Mother F...). Mike then looses Colin "Oh bollocks!"

"Timmy: fetch me my tools!"

Brian theorises that women's menstrual cycles align if a group of them spend too much time together. Mike insists that the same is true for men, that a group will always play mock gun battles if left together for too long.

"Get off your arse!"

Daisy suggests that Tim and her go out for the evening. Tim isn't sure so Daisy asks him what else he's going to do, cue a time lapse photography sequence of Tim playing on the play station all night. Ah the memories of being an undergraduate...

"...pull my finger..."

Daisy's chat up technique involves challenging guys at the bar to "Go on, pull my finger!" She then uses this technique on Duane Benzie, even going so far as to waft.

"Let's play!"

Tim and Mike, then Brian and Daisy and finally the gang of scallies, engage in two mock gun battles in which participants are expected to aim their fingers, make 'bang' noises and fall down feigning injury when 'shot' by someone else. I don't want to overuse the hyperbole in this review but I have to report to the reader that this is one of the funniest and most innovative concepts I have seen in modern British comedy television. Several different weapons are used when Mike and Tim 'battle' with Brian in the flat, Tim uses double pistols and a hand grenade, Mike a machine gun "ppprrrrrr...." and Brian has a hand gun "Err; bang, bang." , before slinging a knife in a dying attempt to take Tim out "Whoosh .... twanggg." The production of the following telepathic street 'gun battle' with the Scallies is amazing. Daisy and Tim give each other a knowing look as the Bluetones' guitars slowly build up in the background; "Let em have it!" , the guns are drawn and all kinds of mock death and carnage are let loose as the heavy part of 'Blood Bubble' kicks in. The scene then becomes something out of 'Platoon' as 'Adagio for Strings' fades in and everyone falls to the ground in a kind of lament for the dying.

How's that for some Fried Gold?

The 'gun battle' between Tim and Daisy and the 'Red Hand Gang', see above, is pure genius.

The two descriptions of the possible nights out are done in cartoon format and show up the differences between Tim and Daisy's characters. Daisy wants to see a play and hang out in a gay bar while Tim just wants to go to a trashy indie club and get as drunk as possible, "Keep drinking until we A: fall over, B: puke, or C: fall over and puke."

"Hawk the Slayer's rubbish!"

"I just think he's a bit pretentious".

Daisy says she bought her Oregano "... from a wise old herb merchant on one of my many travels" , or actually a corner shop somewhere in London. She then answers the phone and immediately quizzes Sophie on exactly what Tim might have said about her to his new girlfriend, she wants specific details here. Sophie, being a normal girl, is taken aback and simple tells her "You're friends, you share a flat and your name's Daisy." Brian has painted a picture of Twist and stands in front of it telling 'her' that "I'm glad we decided to stay in Twist ... it's just you and me together"

"That was kind of unbelievable."

It doesn't really make a huge amount of sense that the scally kids would respond to Tim and Daisy pretending to pull guns on them. But, hey, it's funny! Then there is the fact that Tim's keys find their way mysteriously to the front garden of Meteor Street.

"Big's in this year."

For the big night out Tim dresses the same way he always dresses, in his greeny/brown jacket and beanie cap. Daisy has a flowery blouse, hoop earrings and brown jacket; hence Tim telling her she looks like a primary school teacher. Brian wears his usual waistcoat and shirt combo while the alternate reality Marsha looks very smart in her blue suit.

Finally, a word from your author.

'Gone' is the best episode in the Spaced series. An episode, which in its initial script form was deemed 'unacceptable' by Edgar Wright, that has a simple concept and carries the 'Spaced' idea of marrying the mundane to the extraordinary to a new and staggering height. The premise is that Tim and Daisy go for a night out, get minced and get into a psychic gun battle with a gang of local thugs. How's that for a mix of the commonplace and surreal? Add into this some great gags, the extraordinary 'gun battles', some classic tunes ('Blood Bubble' and 'Legal Man') and Edgar Wright's brilliantly outlandish direction; the result is a classic 25 minutes of British comedy that requires a second or third viewing in order to appreciate some of the subtler humour. This one was right on the money, thank you Pegg and Stevenson; now let's talk about a third series.