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Following a burglary Bernard buys a sophisticated alarm system which results in Manny getting locked inside the shop and Bernard stuck outside in the rain. Fran is no help as she took her phone off the hook to listen to the sexy man reading the shipping forecast. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Peter Serafinowicz plays a jerk in this & in "Shaun Of the Dead". See more »

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Bernard enters the MAMBA BURGER fast food outlet. The pavement is wet but there is no rain. On the pavement, Bernard's footfall is silent. He walks into the fast food outlet where his footfall sounds very wet. The camera (from behind the counter) shows that outside it is not yet raining. Even when Bernard walks from the counter to the door. However, when he arrives at the door (2 camera shots from outside) there is heavy rain. Additionally, on the next camera shot (inside the fast food outlet) we can clearly see exceptionally heavy rain on the door and windows. See more »

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[When working in a fast food restaurant]
Bernard: Hello. Welcome to... the thing. Whatever this place is.
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References Armageddon (1998) See more »

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The single best half hour of TV comedy - well, possibly, ever?
12 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK, well that's quite a claim and it probably doesn't stand up to a huge amount of scrutiny give all the other great British and American comedy there have been over the last - oh - 50 years or so. BUT as TV episodes go this is the one I return to most often for repeat viewings. The first series of Black Books is the best by some way (due, largely to Graham Linehan's genius), and this is the best episode. Pretty much note-perfect from Nick Frost's mullet-haired security engineer with a lisp and a Subbuteo player in his hair to a wonderful - career creating some might say - performance from Tamsin Greig ("I'm sorry, Howell, I got my fffoot stuck in the fffridge"). Only the Bill Bailey absinthe induced survivalist sub plot (those are not words used in the same sentence often) weakens the episode very slightly, but that's just being picky. Even the made up fast food brand names are genius.


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