Terry McCann, an ex-boxer who has served a prison term is working for dodgy car salesman Arthur Daley. Alfie Cavallo, a friend of Arthur's, asks for the loan of Terry's services when he goes to collect the takings from one of the laundrettes he owns. However, Alfie and Terry walk in on an armed robbery by a trio who claim to be the Independent Rastafarian Army. Alfie is shot and the two men are taken hostage along with elderly customer Mrs. Mayhew. An overnight siege takes place. Because of his form Terry is suspected by the police of being an accomplice but he proves himself to be the hero of the day with Mrs. Mayhew vouching for the fact that he defused a very dangerous situation. Arthur is hopeful that he can make money by selling Terry's story to the press and foresees the start of a beautiful friendship.
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Did You Know?
Terry (Dennis Waterman) breaks the fourth wall in this pilot episode when he hears the gang realise the irony of using the moniker of 'Independent Rastafarian Army' (IRA) - he laughs and looks at the camera/audience. See more
In the closing scenes with Arthur and Terry in the back of a taxi, the view of the street through the rear window of the taxi changes between the wide shot, the close-up of Arthur and the close-up of Terry. See more
Did all my bird twenty years ago. That's when it was hard. Look at them now - all in the Open University. Big Bob Whitney. D'you know he's got a bleeding degree? Sociology. He's still at the thieving, but now he knows why he's doing it!
This episode contains a scene where Terry is minding at a strip club. The original version includes a couple of topless shots of the stripper at the end of the routine; most later airings remove these shots and replace them with a shot of the stripper still undressing. See more