Season 2 Episode 49
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Mica, Natalie, Reverend
Its FA Cup Fifth Round day and Harchester face Tottenham. Frank is hoping all will go to plan for his last game in charge of the first team, but that goes out the window when it appears John won't be making his debut today after all. Jerry calls Frank to the boardroom and Frank is taken aback when Jerry offers him a new contract - as manager of the first team on a two year contract. He asks what about Ian, whose ban is up on Monday. Jerry won't give Frank the weekend to think it over, and wants it confirmed tonight at when Harchester are in the sixth round of the cup. Trudi has further bad news for Frank - Tommy Becker has flu and won't be able to play either.
Helen calls in on Des and asks why he hasn't gone for his pre-match pint with his mates, and he tells her he's more important things, and not to look for "dutiful Des Baker" because he's gone. Julie and Kelly have to attend Mica's wedding rehearsal but are determined to make it back for the most important game of the season. Mica makes sure Natalie knows how happy she and Sean are, and asks her to come to the rehearsal as she's "nervous and needs her sister-in-law”. Frank's wildcard for the game is Leon, who is trying to get his head around marking Les Ferdinand. Ian appears, and asks Frank will
In his Quarters, Des is at his computer typing a letter to Frank, referring to the "change in his personal circumstances". John guides
Mica meets Julie and Kelly for the rehearsal, and there is further awkwardness when the Reverend asks Natalie would she stand in for the absent Sean at the alter. With the first half underway, Des still hasn’t turned up, and Helen finds him at the hostel - packing. At the rehearsal, Kelly realises the team have kicked off and whips out her headphones. Helen learns Des is heading to
Harchester win the match, taking them through to the sixth round. As the team celebrates, Jerry is prepared to unveil Frank as Harchester’s permanent manager, until Frank stops him. Frank gives an impassioned speech on how he already has the job he wants at the club, and turning lads like Leon Richards into fully fledged players is what gives him the most joy. Jerry can't believe Frank is turning down the chance to take the team to
· Best Known For: Acting since the 60’s, Oscar James has more than 80 credits as an actor. From appearances in "Carry On Up the Jungle" (1970) to roles in TV series "Gangsters" (1976), "Emmerdale" (1978) and "Bottle Boys" (1984-85). In a prominent role, he was one of the original regular cast of "EastEnders", playing Tony Carpenter from 1985-1987. In 2005 he appeared in the film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
The Best: Kelly’s ill-quipped joke about how Natalie hasn't run off with Sean before she appears behind Mica for the rehearsal! Season 2’s trend of Premier League players putting in appearances for Harchester games continues, with cameos from Ruel Fox (Tottenham 1995-2000) and Les Ferdinand (1997-2003). Des’s talk of the current whereabouts of his family (
· Additional Info: Harchester last reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup in 1983. Jerry reads out Frank's contract, which describes him as Director of the
What Was The Score?: The first half finishes goal-less, with both teams having performed well. Sean comes close to scoring, but is blocked. With a minute of stoppage time, a strike from Fletch bounces off Ferdinand, and gives a shot to Sean who scores.