Synopsis: At a Monte Carlo casino, one of the richest
punters, millionaire Antonio Ammano, is about to strike it very
unlucky. Using a special roulette wheel with a built-in
electro-hypnosis device, Dr Derange brainwashes Ammano into stealing
his fellow gamblers' expensive belongings, before dashing to the car
park to make a quick getaway. Meanwhile, who should be heading to
Monaco but James Bond Jr and his Warfield gang, who are holidaying on
Trevor's father's luxury yacht there. Trevor Senior is part-owner of
one of the large casinos in Monte Carlo, which has given his son some
ideas about gambling - although as Coach Mitchell reminds him, he's not
yet old enough to participate.
Review: An above-average outing for Dr Derange in an enjoyably novel setting, Deadly Recall is particularly noteworthy for its excellent and unexpected use of Trevor Noseworthy as a dangerous new antagonist. Most of us never thought we'd see Trevor beating up James in any context, let alone under the orders of S.C.U.M. So his involvement here adds a new level of danger to proceedings - tellingly, one that is never dampened by pleas with Trevor to remember who he is and do the right thing. It's only when I.Q. manages to disable the roulette machine that Trevor returns to normal, and before that he almost succeeds on killing (or 'destroying') James on several occasions. Other elements of the plot aren't quite as effective - it's certainly easier to care about Trevor's plight than it is about the numerous 2D millionaires Derange brainwashes, and the hypnotic roulette wheel seems to have little grounding in science - but nonetheless this is an overall success. Guest girl Damona plays her part in that too, offering an unusually bold and fearless take on the role. And of course Derange himself plays his, combining the usual comedy capers with a uniquely sinister take on brainwashing as he personally commands his army of zombie fat-cats.
Highs: This is the only episode of the series to feature music with vocals outside of the theme tune (unless you count Pelvis Paisley in There But For Ms. Fortune, which we don't), with Damona's introductory song bringing a uniquely Bond-esque atmosphere to proceedings. The lyrics are original and appear to have been written specifically with this episode in mind, which we think is a lovely nod to the films: #You hypnotise me, delight and surprise me when I look at you (look at you); still, if I dare to take a chance, spin the wheel and go to dance, I know you'll come through.#
Lows: Derange's latest pair of bungling henchmen, Ace and Deuce, genuinely plumb a new low in the series. They are such an inseparable duo, indeed, that they regularly walk into one another for no apparent reason, and their only other discernible characteristic appears to be finishing one another's sentences.
Lines to Remember: Gordo, on a somewhat OCD Trevor: 'Sounds like Trevor isn't exactly enjoying his weekend.' Trevor: 'Well maybe if you chaps would keep the boat clean, I'd have more fun.' Phoebe: 'Maybe if you jumped overboard, we'd all have more fun.'
Damona, having just survived a taxi plunge into the ocean, shortly after surviving a sinking yacht: 'You promised me an evening cruise, James. But all we ever do is go swimming!'
Gadgets & Gizmos: I.Q.'s 'Swiss army ring' would probably be banned under today's regulations, but contains a slew of features including a knife, scissors, wrench, glass-cutter, mini telescope, short-wave radio antenna, corkscrew, roller skate key and cheese grater! Sadly, there was no room for a compass attachment. But to make up for it, he's also invented special sticking plasters which explode five seconds after peeling off the backing. All of which makes Dr Derange's electro-hypnotic roulette wheel seem positively benign.
S.C.U.M. on the Surface: Dr Derange states that his plan is to hypnotise rich casino players into signing their wealth and power over to S.C.U.M. He also hypnotises Trevor into thinking that he's an 'expert S.C.U.M. agent', and travels around in a van whose design (like the helicopters we often see, although not the one in this episode) is based around the organisation's skull insignia.
Transatlantic Translation: Trevor says that he's four years too young to gamble. But in Monaco, France and the UK, the age limit for gambling is 18, which would make Trevor, at 17, just one year too young. Presumably the writer of this episode comes from one of the numerous US states where the age limit is 21 - or is simply writing for an American audience.
Blunders & Bloopers: The artwork for Dr Derange goes somewhat awry several times in this episode. At its worst points, he is depicted with a black hole in place of one of his eyes.
Notes: Mr Milbanks seems to be mellowing somewhat in his old age. I.Q. blows up his and James's dorm room right in front of the headmaster's nose, and he barely bats an eyelid.
Unsurprisingly, we learn in this episode that our Trevor's father is Trevor Noseworthy III, and see from his picture that he's pretty much identical in appearance to his son.
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