The Young Ones: Season 2, Episode 5

Sick (12 Jun. 1984)

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Vyvan, Rick, Mike and Neil are ill and they have colds. The Boys get taken hostage by violent criminal Brian Damage Balowski and Mr. and Mrs. Pye, Neil's parents are coming to the flat to have tea.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexei Sayle ...
Brian Damage
Madness ...
Mark Arden ...
Mick the Manure Salesman
Jim Barclay
Perry Benson ...
Ruth Burnett
Hugh Cecil
Jean Channon
Brian Croucher ...
Ben Elton ...
Stephen Frost ...
Tess the Manure Salesman


Vyvan, Rick, Mike and Neil are ill and they have colds. The Boys get taken hostage by violent criminal Brian Damage Balowski and Mr. and Mrs. Pye, Neil's parents are coming to the flat to have tea.

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Final television appearance of Peggy Thorpe-Bates. See more »


When Vyvyan puts the pillowcase over Neil's head to stop him from sneezing, he still manages to sneeze it off. In the same shot that it is blown off, you can clearly see a black bar behind his head that was used to throw it off. See more »


Neil: Vyvyan, would you shut up, you're giving me tunnel vision!
Rick: [At the top of his lungs] STOP SHOUTING NEIL!
Neil: Stop shouting yourself!
Neil: Yes, you are!
Rick: I BLOODY WELL AM NOT! If you want to hear shouting matey, this is it!
[Starts screaming like a baby]
Vyvyan: [Calmly while assembling a Molotov cocktail] It's funny, but being ill makes me loose my usual tolerance and easy going approach to communal living.
[throw Molotov cocktail at Rick and Neil, which explodes]
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References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »


Our House
Written by Chris Foreman and Carl Smyth (as Carl "Chas Smash" Smyth)
Performed by Madness
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"Sick" episode!
15 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Snot flies through the air in gloopy streams and blows up glass vases. Petrol bombs explode and clear sinuses. 6-inch nails are used for acupuncture. Bin bags are tied over heads and knives about to be rammed up bottoms before crazy homicidal maniacs come in and hold everyone hostage. This is what happens when the Young Ones are ill. And it is truly hilarious to behold. Everything happens in abundance in this episode - the green liquid flying from Neil's mouth, the size of the petrol bomb exploding, and a riot happening outside started by the Young Ones. Though by the end of the episode so much has happened that you'll have forgotten the Young Ones were ever sick at all, this is so funny that you won't care, and besides, when does the Young Ones stick to set agendas? Brilliant and truly sick! 10/10

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