064. Waiting For Goddard - Written by Leon Griffiths #6.6
Directed by Roy Ward Baker

TV Times Listing Waiting For Goddard Episode Locations

First Broadcast in the UK: 9th October 1985

Albert Goddard, an eccentric tramp, recluse and astrologist may have come into a large sum of money and private detective Mel Martin believes Arthur is the key to finding him. When Arthur is mugged while leaving the bank and with Terry not present, Arthur strongly believes Terry should have been there to protect him. As a result, Arthur and Terry have a falling out. When Arthur realises that Terry is the one who knows where Albert is, he attempts to win Terry over and Terry eventually gives in to Arthur's demands and the pair finally track down Albert. While Arthur and Terry are visiting Albert, Arthur seems perturbed by Albert's astrological predictions of his character. Nevertheless, as always Arthur sees a money-making opportunity and persuades Albert to move into one of his rental properties and write down his life story while Arthur deals with the solicitor side of things - attempting to act as an intermediary on Albert's behalf.

Meanwhile, Chisholm receives a report that Albert has been kidnapped. When Arthur wilfully takes Chisholm to see Albert, Arthur discovers only Terry and Mel at the flat and that Albert has already left and gone to collect around £200,000. Discovering the substantial amount involved, Arthur comes to the conclusion that Terry has cost him a lot of money and walks away from Terry to leave Chisholm somewhat dumbfounded. Later on Terry goes around to see Arthur in an attempt to try and patch things up and give Arthur his finder's fee - but Arthur is still holding a grudge against Terry. When Terry walks away, the viewer is left to think that maybe Arthur does regret what he has said to Terry. Arthur then offers Terry a measly half of the finder's fee, as always, thinking he is doing Terry a big favour. Terry is quite obviously upset and the episode and the series both end with the pair at loggerheads with one another. There is no conclusion.


Cast: Glynn Edwards as Dave, Patrick Malahide as DS Chisholm, Ronald Fraser as Albert Goddard, Mel Martin as Caroline Selby, Kenneth Cope as Scooter, Michael Povey as DC Jones, Donald Douglas as Mr. Prosser, Dimitri Andreas as Georgie the Cypriot, Hilary Gish as Bank Teller, Douglas Milvain as Bank Manager, Sean Barrett as Mugger, Christopher Whitehouse as Irishman

Facts: This episode ends with an ambiguous and somewhat emotional scene where Terry walks away from Arthur, with Terry thinking that this time Arthur really has gone too far. Initially, it was intended that this be the end of the series, or at least after #6.7 Minder On The Orient Express which would follow. This is series creator Leon Griffiths' final script of the entire series.

At several times in this episode Arthur seems very aggressive towards Terry, believing that whatever he might say or do, Terry will always come back to him - which is mentioned throughout. In this episode, we also hear Dave mention that he has known Arthur for 17 years and this is the only time in the entire Terry McCann Years that we get to catch a glimpse of the toilets at the Winchester Club. The bank counter at the bank at which Arthur is mugged also features in the previous episode #6.5 From Fulham With Love.


Double Take: This is the second episode to feature actor Kenneth Cope. He had previously appeared in #1.2 Bury My Half At Waltham Green and would later appear in the penultimate episode of The Ray Daley Years #10.9 Bring Me The Head Of Arthur Daley. Ronald Fraser would later appear as the fantastic 'Self Inflicted Sid' in #7.1 It's A Sorry Lorry Morrie. Dimitri Andreas who plays tailor Georgie The Cypriot (who Scooter has stolen the cloth from), had previously appeared in #1.6 Aces High And Sometimes Very Low and would later appear in #8.2 A Bouquet Of Barbed Wine.

Bloopers: Watch very carefully at the end of this episode at 48m09s, when Caroline asks Terry, "Do you want a job?" - this line clearly looks overdubbed. There is also very minor blooper only available on the Australian Umbrella DVD release of this episode. When the episode is introduced by Kenneth Cope he tells viewers about Scooter and states that "he actually did two" episodes of Minder when actually he appeared in three - he had obviously forgotten about #10.9 Bring Me The Head Of Arthur Daley.

Title: A reference to Samuel Beckett's play 'Waiting for Godot'.


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Last updated : 16th February 2016 by jno

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