Season 2 Episode 51
Sky One Transmission Date:
GS: Trudi Payton (Shelly Minto)
It is Luis's first day as first team manager, and with Jimmy Russell injured, he makes Fletch his captain for the match against
Luis is in his room when room service delivers a bunch of red roses. They are from Lynda. Trudi arrives and catches sight of the roses, which Luis explains away as being from a good friend. Jerry and Coates observe Luis during formation, and Coates takes great pleasure in pointing out Luis's faults in front of Jerry. Notably how Vialli is leaving himself out, which Luis would have learned if he hadn't turned Sky down for a pre-match interview, and how Dennis Wise will not be playing due to suspension. Later, Coates makes sure to mention Luis's calf strain to the cameras before kick-off.
At half time Harchester are two nil down, and the team, particularly Fletch and Sean, lay into Luis’s poor form. He takes Sean off to put himself on. Alex also comes on from the bench. John is booked to mar a solid debut. After
A goal from Fletch’s left foot isn’t enough to save The Dragon’s fortunes, and they lose 3-0. Inside the dressing room, Fletch and John are warring over who was to blame for the result, whilst Sean holds Luis responsible. Luis is called out to the tunnel for an interview with Andy Gray in the Sky Sports studio. But after only a few questions on him being asked did he feel he made some mistakes tonight being new to management, Luis walks out of the interview. The group of Jerry, Coates, Frank and Lynda are watching the interview on TV. Jerry cannot believe what sort of night Luis has had, whilst Lynda is sympathetic to Luis, and Coates is satisfied things are going his way.
· The Best: Lynda/Luis scenes as she comes to wish him well for his first match in charge, and that she'll be thinking of him, as he will her.
Quotes: Mica, when Lynda asks if she knows where Natalie is: "No... When we got home from the blessing, all her stuff had gone. Since then we haven't heard a thing.. (A delicate pause) I don't think we will now." Both women know what is meant by this.
· Foreshadowing: The 'Keep Smiling' Polaroid of Lynda Luis took at the indoor picnic, placed inside the roses, makes a re-appearance in 3.5 (#145) after Lynda fears Luis has died in the plane crash.
· What Was The Score?: During the first half, a cross from the right by Goldbaek sees Zola slot one in. Its two in two minutes with a header from Gustavo Poyet. A goal slotted in by Fletch takes Harchester one up. Zola scores his second, and
Soundtrack: The Cardigans: "My Favourite Game".