Ballykissangel (1996–2001)
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Paul Dooley Sleeps with the Fishes 

Paul has a large debt to pay to Liam and Donal, and he hasn't got much time. Avril gets an unpleasant shock when a couple arrives in Ballykissangel for the weekend.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Father MacAnally
Paul Dooley
Oonagh Dooley
Frankie McCafferty ...
Brendan Kearney
Deirdre Donnelly ...
Siobhan Mehigan
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...
Kathleen Hendley
Catherine Cusack ...
Frankie Sullivan
Dermot Dooley
Katie Cullen ...
Grainne Dooley
Mick Lally ...
Louis Dargan
Edso Dowling
Susannah Doyle ...
Avril Burke


Paul Dooley still hasn't re-paid the £20,000 he owes Liam and Donal and they have let him know in no uncertain terms that he will be 'sleeping with the fishes' if he doesn't come through soon. He tries to get a loan from the bank but is already stretched thin having purchased the house that Father Sheahan occupies from Brian Quigley's estate. His wife Oona doesn't appreciate Donal and Liam's attitude and soon realizes that there is something going on with the boys. She's also decided the time has come to change the name of the pub, but meets with less enthusiasm that she had hoped for. Avril Burke is sent for a loop when she sees that her ex-husband is staying at the pub with an attractive woman. Father Sheahan can see that she's in crisis but she refuses his help, saying he can'f possibly understand what she is going through, She learns otherwise. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Drama






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25 March 2001 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Liam: Donal, reason gets us nowhere. I mean, how often have we asked politely? I've had it with him. There's only one language these people understand, the language of the old country.
Donal: This is the old country
Liam: Yeah, but if we were Sicilian...
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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A Hoot
7 December 2010 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

A great episode with tongue firmly in cheek. Dooley is on the hook for 20,000 quid and he better pay up in this episode with multiple homages to The Godfather. It is too bad the intended audience didn't warm up to the revamped Ballykissangel because the writing was still sharp. Old characters are certainly missed but they weren't written out, they actually died including the wonderful Tony Doyle who created a character that truly was the heart of the first five seasons. But the additions like Robert Taylor and Owen Roe added to the remaining cast. An episode to savor. So if you have a chance catch it and find out the Irish equivalent of waking up with a horse's head in your bed, kapish.

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