Albert Baker is a young man who has no luck with girls and works in a dead end job . One day he walks past a mannequin and it appears to come to life . Albert instantly falls in love with her
Along with Girl Of My Dreams this is the one episode of JOURNEY that has burnt itself in to my memory . There is something within the human psyche that when we see disturbs us when we see showroom dummies . They're inanimate objects composed of plastic but are human in appearance , so much so that you do have a genuine fear they will come alive something DOCTOR WHO writer Robert Holmes did with great effect with his stories about the Autons which Russell T Davies reused in the opening story of the resurrection of DOCTOR WHO in 2005
Having a pre fame Dennis Waterman playing the part of Albert does help the episode stick out in the memory but rewatching after a gap of decades you'll notice how richly written and flamboyant the characters are . We have Mr Royal who is a total sleaze and who is going out with a member of staff who is young enough to be his daughter , Mrs Kass a randy landlady and George Esmond a hippy who calls everyone " man " and " baby "
This is a very enjoyable episode of a very enjoyable show and has a enigmatic ending . Of course everyone thinks Albert is deluded but as the haunting final scene shows.... well I don't want to spoil it but it's an interesting twist even though it's unexplained . It's a supernatural show and like the best episodes of JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN it's supernatural in tone
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