Gavin & Stacey: Season 2, Episode 5

Episode #2.5 (18 Nov. 2008)

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Gwen's birthday is coming up and Bryn wants to organize a surprise party for her but is dismayed that nobody seems to want to come, so he has to consider asking people she dislikes. ... See full summary »

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Gwen's birthday is coming up and Bryn wants to organize a surprise party for her but is dismayed that nobody seems to want to come, so he has to consider asking people she dislikes. Eventually he manages to get together a line-dancing evening, where he and Nessa perform 'Islands in the Stream' but the real surprise of the evening is the unexpected arrival of Stacey's musician brother Jason. For Gavin the shock of the night is when Stacey tells him she feels isolated in Essex and is leaving him to remain in Wales. Written by don @ minifie-1

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No More Please!!!
16 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first series of Gavin & Stacey was fresh and sweet and very funny. But this second series is none of the above. This is a very lazy, indulgent second series from Cordon and Jones who have been found wanting as both writers and actors. Relying on weak themes per episode and completely unfunny and embarrassing set-pieces (the home- gymnasium, the radio-mast protest, the foam party, the line-dancing etc., to name a woeful few) this series has remained laughter free. Cordon seems to rely on the Dawn French myth that because he's very fat he's very funny. He isn't. And Jones who was sparkling in the first series has become a mono-syllabic bore. Then we have the roll-over gags that are gag-free and stale - Steadman's vegetarianism, the slower-than-snail gay incident with Rob Brydon, the mum's omelette's (OK we get it!!!) - it's all so forced and bland. Do the words flog and horse mean anything to Cordon & Jones? And Gavin and Stacey themselves are now just annoying dullards. We don't believe their relationship, we don't believe the love and we certainly don't believe that either would even like the other. Surely Mathew Horne deserves a script that requires him to do more than his Martin Freeman bemused stare. There are many fans of the show in the UK - I was one too, but this second series was poor. Please do not make a third series!


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