Season 1 Episode 38
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Zoe, Des, Sean
GS: Mandy Burley (Annelies Lovell) Trudi Payton (Shelly Minto)
It is the day Harchester take on Arsenal in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup home at Addison Road. Mandy awakes to find
Ian goes round to Frank's looking for Conor. A player in the first team, "Tommo", has pulled a hamstring playing snooker at the club, and Coates wants to draft Conor in. Frank is dead against the idea, as Conor has only just got his place in the youth team back, and wouldn't stand a chance up against the likes of Tony Adams or Lee Dixon. Frank suggests Sean would be a better fit as he's older and has reserve team experience, but Ian just responds with he didn't come for his opinion, he came for the lad. Sean goes into Zoe in her room and awkwardly tries to talk about last night, saying he didn't know Trudi was going to be there. Zoe says she is writing a letter to the Chronicle for Vincent, but Sean tells her there's no point in doing so as he admitted to him he did take the drugs. Zoe is sympathetic to Vincent, and reminds Sean if Vincent has got a real problem he is going to need his friends to support him.
Frank goes to the Baker's to tell Conor the news. Both he and Des are excited, but Frank, still secretly unhappy, makes sure to add Conor might just stay on the bench and not to fear the Arsenal boys as they are just human and all had to make their debuts once. Sean is getting ready to go to the game, when Vincent comes in. Sean apologises for how he reacted yesterday, and how as his best mate, he feels like he has let Vincent down. Vincent adds he has got it wrong himself, for if there was anyone he should have been honest with it was Sean. Sean tells Vincent he doesn't want him to go, but Vincent says it doesn't look like he has much choice. Conor tells Zoe he is playing in the Arsenal match today and gets a kiss from her. He says he has two spare comps and as it's too late for his parents to come over would she and Des come along. Zoe reminds him she isn't a big football fan, but agrees to go and support him when she sees how nervous Conor is about today.
Mandy arrives at the Baker's and asks Conor if he's seen Warren, and when he says not since last night she tells him she thinks Warren’s done a runner. As they make their way down
In the dressing room, Coates has a word with Conor, saying if he gets on he wants him to prove he's a man, and to show the hardened Arsenal players that he can give back as good as he gets. Conor then takes down his kit and reveals the handbag to the hilarity of all his team mates. When Frank learns how Sean hasn't seen
As Bergkamp misses a shot just wide, Vincent pays one last visit to
Harchester have won and progress to the next round, and Dean is interviewed by Sky Sports about his impending loan move to
· Goodbye To: Last appearance of Vincent Osamabiku (Vincent Price). Darren Morfitt takes a break from the series (he was most likely filming the ITV series “Grafters” which went to air in October 1998) as Dean goes off on loan to
The Best: Frank looking out for, and his advice to Conor after his disastrous game. Also with
· Quotes: Lucy (standing above Sean and Trudi in her bed): "So I'd appreciate it if you'd get up and get out - physio's finished for this morning!". Zoe (shows her inexperience of football stadium layouts… and managers): [on Conor] "Well I can't see him... is he behind the man with the glasses?" Des: "No that's Arsène Wenger! Conor's in the other hut, I mean dugout!". Sean does what he does best in winding up Conor: "Hatchet-Boy here nearly takes someone's leg off and you're all over him. I make a witty conversation and you give me stick. Better off giving it to Ian Wright - he probably needs one now!".
Foreshadowing: Harchester Sound FM Sports reports Dean Sturridge could be on his way to the Dragons.
· Additional Info: The same radio reports on top of Karl Fletcher's suspension, a flu bug has taken over the club, and Dean is mentioned as a definite for today’s game.
What Was The Score?: After missing two opportunities to score the opening goal of the game, the briefly-departing Dean sends Harchester up 1-0 in stoppage time at the end of the first half, causing an FA Cup upset for Arsenal. The Dragons will play West Ham in the next round in March.
· Soundtrack: No Doubt: "Don't Speak"