Friday, March 21, 2008


Here's a shout-out of thanks to Scotty at TV Tanline.

TV Tan Line posts screencaps from the shows that he's been watching - 'Lost', classic 'Star Trek', 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia', 'The Tudors', 'Wonder Showzen', 'Doctor Who', 'Hotel Babylon', 'Penn & Teller's Bullshit!', etc.

And I'm learning more about a lot of shows I might never have seen otherwise, like 'That Mitchell & Webb Look', 'Human Giant', 'Skins', and the twofer for which I'm grateful: 'Gavin & Stacey' and 'Two Pints Of Lager (And A Packet Of Crisps)'.
While displaying the frame grabs from the second episode of the second season of 'Gavin & Stacey', TV Tan Line added the factoid that Sheridan Smith, the actress who plays Janet on 'Two Pints', was making a cameo appearance in the episode as a take-out window clerk for a fast-food restaurant.

According to, her character's name was Rudi. So there goes the chance that she could have been Janet Keogh. Besides, Janet and the rest of the cast from 'Two Pints' were living in Runcorn in Cheshire. Stacey was originally from Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales, while Gavin lived in Billericay, Essex, but she eventually moved in with Gavin. There's not much chance they'd ever get up to Cheshire just for fast food.

But in that second episode, Gavin's buddy Smithy went AWOL when he found out he got Nessa pregnant. So maybe that road trip of the guys took them up to Runcorn where they could have met up with Janet.....

Of course, there's still the matter of that name of Rudi.....

Janet was working in a bakery and then moved up to becoming the manager of the Archer bar. After it was closed down by the health inspectors, maybe she needed whatever job she could find to make ends meet for her and her child, Corinthian. (Her husband Jonny got killed off at the beginning of the seventh season.)

But after being the manager of Archer's, maybe Janet felt the fast food job was an embarrassment, so she used an alias there.....

However, that only works if Gavin's road trip to find Smithy took them to Runcorn......
It would make for a nice little link between the two shows, not that they really needed one. All shows are one in the TV Universe.

Toby OB

And that's Inner Toob Blog Post #2600!


MediumRob said...

Ooh, not sure about that. Trouble is, the character Sheridan Smith played was supposed to be Smithy's sister. Everyone at the drive-through called her Smithy, too. Plus she had something approaching an Essex accent. Good try, though, Tobes!

Toby said...

That's always the problem when I posit a theory without actually seeing the shows involved.

Thanks, Rob! It was just an idea and the great thing about Toobworld is its malleability. I can always drop that approach and find another.

Like what if her biological father wasn't the same as Smithy's father as well? What if her mother cheated on her husband with the father of Janet Keogh?

But again, not having seen 'Gavin & Stacey' over here, (We'll probably get the remake before we ever see the original!), I don't know if her character's mother could be the type to cheat on her husband.

So employing Occam's Razor for splainin, I'll fall back on the 'Patty Duke Show' "Identical Cousin" theory: Since Janet's maiden name was Smith, then she and Rudi Smith were cousins who looked exactly alike.

Do you think that will work?

And Happy Easter, btw! You don't know how many times I visited your blog today before my stupid melon remembered that you were going to be off until Tuesday! LOL

MediumRob said...

I didn't watch the first series (why did no one tell me about it? Dark-haired guy from SE England meets and marries feisty blonde Welsh girl from the Swansea-Barry region? It's as close to a TV movie on Lifetime that I'm ever going to get...) so I've not yet seen Smithy's mum. I'll let you know if it's possible once I've seen them (the Amazon order shipped yesterday!). But the cousins thing might work, since if there were family strife, it could explain why Janet hates Southerners so much.

I did do a bit of blogging while my wife and her mum were out shopping. Probably won't do anything the rest of the weekend. Except maybe tomorrow. But definitely no Daily News.