The Young Ones: Season 1, Episode 2

Oil (16 Nov. 1982)

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Mike, Neil, Vyvan and Rick moves into their new house. Vyvan discovers oil in the basement and Mike becomes The President and dictates Neil and Rick into slave labor to dig up the oil.


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Episode cast overview:
Vyvyan (as Ade Edmondson)
Christopher Ryan ...
Alexei Sayle ...
Radical Posture ...
Tony Alleff ...
Arab aide (as Tony Allef)
Barrie Cookson ...
2nd Man on Raft (as Barry Cookson)
Ronnie Golden ...
Gerard Kelly ...
Mop (voice)
Terry Medlicott ...
Patrick Newell ...
David Rhule


Mike, Neil, Vyvan and Rick moves into their new house. Vyvan discovers oil in the basement and Mike becomes The President and dictates Neil and Rick into slave labor to dig up the oil.

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When Mike (as El Presidente character) is talking about how he would look to the Saudis to the others, you can briefly see a boom microphone visible in the top left hand corner of the frame. See more »


Rick: Im not sharing a bedroom with THAT rubber johnny! Allright Neil, Shut up. Before you say anything I just tossed a coin for who gets the bed and you lost. It's completely fair and if you don't believe me, ask Mike
Neil: [Despondently] Oh, uh. Okay Rick
[Audience "Awws]
Rick: What?
Neil: What?
Rick: What did you just say?
Neil: Huh?
Rick: You just called me a Bastard didn't you!
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Spoofs The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Not the best episode of the Young Ones.
5 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My second watch of this episode actually made me realise it was rather weak - "Boring" is much better. The Young Ones is meant to be riotous and rowdy - this one actually starts to drone on a bit - the talking peas in a later scene in the episode should really have stuck with the first line. But the benefit concert in the front room was pretty funny and enjoyable - how many people these days would sing about Doctor Martin's boots? There are some funny gags and it never tries to be realistic - what with striking oil in the basement - but really, this episode of The Young Ones could have been so much funnier. Inanimate objects talking has been done far better in later episodes. On the whole - it is worthy to be called The Young Ones, but not quite a riotous laugh of a viewing. 6/10

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