Poor Doughnut. Not only is he considered a figure of fun ( thanks to his obesity ) even by his closest friends, but shopkeepers won't let him on their premises on the grounds that he never actually buys anything.
His luck seems to change for the better when he eats a plate of green goo in Brains' laboratory, and suddenly becomes invisible.
Returning first to the toy shop and then the bakery where he had been ejected earlier that day, he has a field day causing the merchandise to fly around, battering the beleaguered staff.
Once the Gang realises what has happened, they try to stop him before he becomes a real menace to society...
This second episode is a curious little beast in many respects; the Gang are incomplete for the first half, with Doughnut, Brains, Billie and Tiger carrying the story till the others show up.
Doughnut is a sad individual whose main interests are toys and food, even though he's far too old for the former. We are meant to laugh as he gets revenge on his tormentors, but I have to say that my sympathies lie with them; if I were a bakery owner the last thing I would want is some penniless, Oliver Hardy-lookalike kid mooching around, trying to cadge cream buns.
The toy shop scene will bring a tear of nostalgia to anyone old enough to recall early 1970's toy shops, with its 'Computacars' and Triang bikes. The shop assistant is Jack Haig, best remembered as 'Monsieur Leclerc' in the early episodes of 'Allo, Allo' ( also a familiar face on B.B.C. children's television a few years earlier as 'Wacky Jacky'. He had a funny way of putting his bowler hat on which for anyone else would have resulted in certain brain damage ). The manager is the lovely Julian Orchard, he of the marvellous long face, and the only man who could play a saw on live television.
Things To Look Out For: the Spectrum 'S.P.V.' on sale in the toy shop, a rare case of a B.B.C. programme plugging an I.T.V. one!
Having designed a hovercraft in the previous episode, here Brains develops a magic formula for 'invisibility'. Did the Ministry Of Defence know about this boy's amazing intellectual capacity? Funniest moment - the invisibility formula wearing off and Doughnut not realising!
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