Inside No. 9 Page 7

  • Youthist 4 Feb 2020 07:59:17 14,262 posts
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    I am not sure I even understood the twist ? I might need to see it again to be fair

    when did the ref decide he was going to throw the match? I get he was a city fan at the end but what was the relevance in terms of his actions during the entire show? He only decided to give a goal back once he found out the Lino has taken a bribe?
  • wuntyate 4 Feb 2020 08:17:45 14,949 posts
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    I thought that he even arranged for the bribe to happen as well, as when the linesman says he didn't even think his accent was real etc. So i think they were hinting that the ref set up the throw in as well. Even so, it hinges on coincidence rather a lot .

    Edited by wuntyate at 09:05:51 04-02-2020
  • arty 4 Feb 2020 09:03:19 731 posts
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    Yeah was a tad confusing, the performances were amazing though.
  • RGeefe 4 Feb 2020 09:06:06 1,090 posts
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    Just thinking back, it was all a ruse to get City promoted

    He started an affair with the United player, made the phone call claiming to be offering bungs and possibly even faked the thing to do with the Qataris.

    Wouldn't quite say it worked and, actually, they probably skimmed over a LOT of wider issues that could have been explored in more detail - homophobia, treatment of referees. The tension really was high at the half-time section though. I get the feeling that none of the writers are football fans and are just doing an observation on the absurdity of football fandom.
  • binky Moderator 4 Feb 2020 09:28:34 11,039 posts
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    I thought the episode was great. The subtlety of the reveal was brilliant, and to pack so much story telling and characterisation into 30 minutes is just so damned clever.
  • johnnyrocketfingers 4 Feb 2020 11:40:08 300 posts
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    The suggestion is the ref planned it all, at least strung the necessary strings.

    The initial conversations they have, about City and their promotion chances etc. Sets up they're fans but that itself isn't anything interesting but the ref was super hardcore. He definitely was the fake east-Asian syndicate putting on a crap accent. Sure the goal itself wasn't probably planned, can't plan that but that doesn't matter. The specific result he needed was the controversy of possible match fixing which threatened United's position on the table.
  • johnnyrocketfingers 4 Feb 2020 11:40:08 300 posts
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  • ChiefGB 4 Feb 2020 18:13:56 12,571 posts
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    Yeah not really working as a twisted tale that one for me. But the quality of the characterisations shone through.
  • themanfromdelmonte 4 Feb 2020 19:17:41 747 posts
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    I agree. Not the best twist, but the characters shone.

    Kept striking me how much of a Mark Gatiss type character David Morrisey played, wondering if they planned to cast Gatiss, or consulted him on the character.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 4 Feb 2020 20:22:43 13,999 posts
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    I thought that was an excellent episode. Afterall you'd do anything for your club, wouldnít you?
  • mudskipp 4 Feb 2020 21:16:57 81 posts
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    themanfromdelmonte wrote:
    I agree. Not the best twist, but the characters shone.

    Kept striking me how much of a Mark Gatiss type character David Morrisey played, wondering if they planned to cast Gatiss, or consulted him on the character.
    Yea felt like they packed alittle too much into this one (but I still really enjoyed it! Felt like they really captured the tension & atmosphere before a competitive match)

    I dunno if Gatiss could've convinced so well with the hard working/stickler almost retired ref character. I've only seen him playing a role with a knowing grin which might've given away the twist too soon.
  • ChiefGB 4 Feb 2020 21:52:00 12,571 posts
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    Yeah morrisey was the right pick to sell the duality of the character.

    Edited by ChiefGB at 21:52:47 04-02-2020
  • wuntyate 4 Feb 2020 22:03:14 14,949 posts
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    Totally, I'm not a massive fan of Gatiss as an actor either. Shearsmith and Pemberton inhabit their various roles incredibly well but Gatiss always comes across as, well, Gatiss really. Morrisey was perfectly cast.
  • cowell 4 Feb 2020 22:31:35 2,162 posts
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    Underwhelming by their high standards.
  • Kay 5 Feb 2020 11:42:18 20,631 posts
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    Yeah, not their best episode, but still pretty good. As always, the twist was pretty unexpected, even though it was kind of foreshadowed throughout the episode.

    It also occurred to me that the title of the series was quite apt for the episode, given what most likely happened between the referee and the no. 9... I'm pretty sure that was intentional!

    Edited by Kay at 11:43:16 05-02-2020
  • ChiefGB 5 Feb 2020 11:45:00 12,571 posts
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    Haha I didnít twig to that, although I did see the no.9 on the poster and registered that didnít make sense much in the style of the show. Obviously at that point we didnít know the connection.......
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 5 Feb 2020 12:15:55 13,999 posts
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    The less macabre ones always seem to have fun planting seeds in far subtler ways that are hugely obvious on a second viewing.

    Iím a huge fan of both of course.

    Love that this one was such a character piece too.
  • johnnyrocketfingers 11 Feb 2020 10:14:01 300 posts
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    Well isn't this the best unification of the...what universe shall we call this?
  • askew 11 Feb 2020 10:39:31 21,564 posts
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    Heh. I thought last night's was going to be nicely creepy, but it quickly became a littleÖ daft for my liking.
  • sport 11 Feb 2020 10:48:49 16,120 posts
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    I think I'm dry now
  • mothercruncher 11 Feb 2020 12:19:13 17,836 posts
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    I know.
  • minky-kong 11 Feb 2020 13:09:21 14,598 posts
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    What did you old Scout Master tell you?

    ...Don't tell anyone?
  • vurt 11 Feb 2020 14:28:01 135 posts
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    Spaghetti hoops, salad cream & a bag of frazzles
  • mudskipp 11 Feb 2020 19:29:53 81 posts
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    Not so much a fan of this one - I think they write and perform conversations really well - the dinner/bill(?) episode was one of my favourites, and the structure of this one felt abit too steady. Also gotta admit it was just too gross for me in parts!

    was that clown from psychoville?

    The deathbed scene was great though.
  • DUFFMAN5 11 Feb 2020 19:34:11 26,050 posts
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    Definitely one of the weaker episodes for me. I did enjoy their dancing though.
  • johnnyrocketfingers 11 Feb 2020 20:01:47 300 posts
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    @mudskipp Yes he was. Both sets of characters were.
  • askew 11 Feb 2020 21:11:40 21,564 posts
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    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    Definitely one of the weaker episodes for me. I did enjoy their dancing though.
    Took me back to school disco :D
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 11 Feb 2020 23:12:09 13,999 posts
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    It felt really jarring seeing cartoony over the top Psychoville characters and make-up set against Inside 9ís more naturalistic setting.

    It had a few laughs but lacked something, one if the weaker ones for me.
  • Kay 12 Feb 2020 22:43:40 20,631 posts
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    As someone that's never seen Psychoville, I basically spent most of the episode thinking that even by IN9's standards, this was unexpectedly bizarre. And I had no idea of the connection until I googled it afterwards, at which point the huge tonal shift made a lot more sense.

    It's also made me want to watch Psychoville, but it's not available for free on any of the UK streaming services... I was hoping it would be on iPlayer, but unfortunately not.
  • X201 12 Feb 2020 22:47:00 20,702 posts
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    Thereís a companion podcast to accompany the series where they explain the inspiration behind each episode

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0824yt6
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