Season 1 Episode 2
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Sean, Conor, Frank
Jacobs, Big Ron
Vincent, Conor, Zoe, Des
GS: Ron Atkinson (as himself)
Dean arrives home at the Baker's early the next morning and is surprised to be met by Lynette. He tries to spin her a line that he'd been out celebrating with his mates but Lynette is wise to him, and remarks how his “mate” seems to use Givenchy perfume. When he says it was a girl at the club wanting a photo Dean is met with a slap, and Lynette tells him it was for Lucy. Conor, still sleeping outside Addison Road, is awoken by a chancer nicking his boots, and in a daze steps out in front of Jacobs' car. After realising Conor isn't homeless but the new YT boy, Michael is surprisingly helpful and invites Conor in.
Zoe, Vincent and Lynette are impressed to see Dean has made the paper following his goal, and Lynette says they showed it on TV that morning. Lucy phones for Dean, and to make up for missing her last night (for obvious reasons!) Dean offers to take her out for a meal that night. Lucy mentions how Bob has asked her to do an interview with Dean on the radio, but to avoid her seeing Lynette Dean says they'll meet at the training ground. Jacobs too is in a rush, with a meeting in London and seemingly having no idea what's going on at his own club (hearing more from Harchester Sound and The Sun) so leaves Conor in the hands of his PA, before welcoming him to Harchester United. Jacobs does stop to be suspicious about the brandy curiously sitting out on the boardroom table!
At the youth team training ground, the lads are discussing Big Ron's expected departure, with
Frank takes training, and leaves the boys to go and look for Sean. Conor goes into the dressing room where Sean is still getting ready, and the two are introduced. When Conor remembers his boots were stolen, Sean finds him a pair but tells Conor there is a hire charge. Conor, in his naivety believes Sean, but is then told he was joking! Conor gets onto the nightmare subject of his Digs when Frank comes in, and warns Sean he is pushing it with him, hard. Frank welcomes Conor but is in no mood for his (valid) excuses, reminding he and Sean there is a team of players outside waiting for them. At the Baker's, Des asks how the new lad is settling in, to which Zoe realises she has made a grave mistake.
Dean is getting ready to meet up with Lucy for the interview, when he is surprised by
Big Ron has resigned, and Jacobs pays him a visit as he is packing up his things in his office. When Michael points out this means he doesn't have to honour Ron's contract, the now ex-manager points out that as the chairman promised commitments he hasn't kept and money that wasn't there, he is more than happy to leave for Spain.
Zoe is being defensive about her horrible mishandling of the Conor situation, and tries to put all the blame on Des valuing the "stupid boys" more than he does his own daughter and spending their money to go and watch a football match in
Lucy stops Ron in his car as he is leaving the ground, and he tells her that there will be a press conference in the next couple of hours. Desperate for the exclusive, she asks Ron if it's true he is going back to Athletico
· Best Known For: Amongst his now 100 credits in stage, TV and film, Bill Fellows came to prominence with the role of Jamieson in the 1982 film “How Sleep the Brave”, and has had regular TV roles in “Flying Lady” (1987-1989), “Byker Grove” (2000-2001), Ellis Harper in “Land Girls” (2011), Bernie in "Wolfblood" (2012-13) and Dad in Daymon Britton's directed TV mini-series "Harriet's Army: Harriet's Memory Box" (2014). TV guest appearances of note are Joe Burns in “Downton Abbey” (2010), and in "Broadchurch" (2013). His film credits include “In Our Name” (2010), “United”, in which he played Sir Bobby Charlton’s father Robert, "Almost Married" (2014) and alongside Darren Morfitt again in “Harrigan” (2013).
The Best: Lynette seeing through Dean's cheating lies, and that slap. Showing she is a wise, feisty woman if we didn't know already! Getting Ron Atkinson in for the first two episodes, to “imagine” he has been Harchester’s boss for the last five years. He makes a welcome one-episode return in 274: Driven.
Foreshadowing: Vincent suggests Frank as the new first team manager, something that comes true for a brief period in 2.41 (#105).
Additional Info: Production keeping things local with the newspaper story next to Dean's "Diamond in a Dustbin" reading "Desperate Albion steal star" presumably being West Bromwich Albion.