A fine follow up to Christmas Day’s episode with a few too many dated jokes, but Brendan O’Carroll is rather adept at making them seem shiny and new again and they blend in with the general theme of the show.
Physical comedy is very much the order of the day again with Winnie (Eilish O’Carroll) sending Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll) flying into a box simply by entering the kitchen. There is also more mayhem to come after some rather dubious brownies are tested. In the meantime, Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) has a French boyfriend called Gaston (Robbie Telfer), for whom Mrs Brown is trying to find the phrase in French for “that’s nice!”. Which, as fans of the show know, speaks volumes in Agnes’s language! I think we can all see that Gaston is a bit of a rotter, though. Poor Cathy knows how to pick ’em!
Then there’s Betty (Amanda Woods) who has shown concern that Bono (Jamie O’Carroll) is being bullied at school. Is Agnes going to let this lie? Not on your nelly! Despite Maria’s (Fiona O’Carroll) warning to let her mother handle it from the board point of view, Agnes is ready to steam in there. This makes way for the arrival of Annette Curtain (Di Dougherty) who’s little boy is bullying Bono. Annette Curtain is a classic old gag but it works brilliantly, especially when Marijuana is consumed by Betty, Annette, Mrs Brown and the Father in a batch of brownies. Marijuana which has been prescribed for Grandad (Dermot O’Neill), and its potency not only has Betty and Annette declaring their love for one another, but also sees Agnes having fun on Grandad’s stair lift!
Hillary, Maria’s mother (Susie Blake) is present during the brownie fiasco and as she doesn’t eat chocolate she doesn’t partake. Who’s with me in thinking that this is a pity, Hillary on Marijuana would have been quite something! I still love the mutual contempt that she and Agnes have for each other though.
Aside from the madness there, Betty, Maria, Buster (Danny O’Carroll) and Dermot (Paddy Houlihan) have dressed as The Flintstones as part of a promotions gig and Rory (Rory Cowan) and Dino (Gary Hollywood) are sulking with one another again.
The Brown family may seem like lunatics and no-hopers in Gaston’s eyes, but their madcap antics never fail to put a smile on my face. With so little to laugh at in 2016, thank heavens that this brilliant instalment has started 2017 off nicely. That’s nice! Oh and I won’t let anybody take away my smile…