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The Enemy
Survivors, episode 35 (3.9)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Denis Lill   IMDB   Charles Vaughan
Lucy Flemming   IMDB   Jenny Richards
Edward Underdown   IMDB   Frank Garner
William Dysart   IMDB   Alec Campbell
John Abineri   IMDB   Hubert Goss
Robert Gillespie   IMDB   Sam Mead
Bryan Pringle   IMDB   Leonard Woollen
Frances Tomelty   IMDB   Mary Jean Mead
Terence Davies   IMDB   Harper
Martyn Whitby   IMDB   Grant
Peggy Ann Wood   IMDB   Mrs. Jay
Joseph Sumner   IMDB   Baby
Peter Jefferies   IMDB
Roger Parkes   IMDB
Synopsis, Jenny, Hubert and Frank are now also accompanied by Alec as they continue to journey North. Whilst Alec is racing on ahead, Frank is lagging behind as his heart is playing up. Charles promises a concerned Jenny that he will keep an eye on him

By a mine, Jenny meets a man called Sam who tells her of a place they can stay for the night, which isn't far away. Sam leads them to a settlement in an old country club which has been named the Tollbar.

Arriving whilst it is still light, Jenny and Charles are welcomed by a man called Leonard Woollen who promises them 'a beer and a warm-up'.

Community life at the Tollbar is centred around a lively bar where residents enjoy games of skittles and darts. The new arrivals tuck into the food and drink.

Frank observes from Leonard's scars that he used to work as a miner. Leonard in turn bullies Sam to show off his scars.

Despite his partner's protestations Sam explains to Charles and Frank that he was a heroin addict before the death. He believes the death plague saved him.

Sam goes on to tell Frank that he thinks the death plague saved all of them as the old system was finished. Leonard warns him to leave it there reminding him that this isn't the place for any 'pulpit stuff'. Alec watches Jenny closely as she and Frank leave the bar to go to bed.

Charles joins Leonard in a game of darts and tries to spark a discussion about social co-operation. He is warned that it is a rule that he can't discuss politics or religion in the bar. Charles complains that he is in fact talking about basic survival.

Leonard takes him to one side and accuses him of being a fast-talking politician. Charles denies he is this but Leonard replies that he knows a tub-thumper when he sees one and tells him to watch it.

Alec helps Frank to get ready to turn in. Alec is concerned that Frank's heart is playing him up. He tells him that he's been listening to Jenny too much and that if anything Jenny has the heart trouble given the continued absence of Greg.

Charles tells Leonard that the atomic battery on Frank's pacemaker is running out and that it would be for the best if they could stay for a while rather than continue straight on up North. Leonard says there is plenty of work to be done if Charles is looking for excuses to stay. Given that Alec worked as a transmission field engineer they decide he could take a look at their broken generator.

Meanwhile, Jenny and Alec are discussing Frank, but it soon develops into an argument over her desire to get on after Greg.

Charles talks to Frank about the possibility of persuading Alec to work on the generator. He suggests that he should get to Alec through Jenny. He believes that their squabbling, the role Jenny played back at the church as Alec's wife and Alec's confused guilt all adds up to a close relationship between the pair which Alec would like to see go further.

During a game of billiards, Charles tries to persuade Jenny to chat Alec up. She is amazed that he expects her to 'prostitute' herself in this way. She brings up Greg and tells him that he still counts. Charles is not so sure and refers to recent events when Jenny chose to see her son at Challoner rather than meeting Greg. The conversation turns to Agnes. Jenny states that Agnes and Greg have not been 'together' but that instead she has just been influencing Greg and keeping them apart. Jenny eventually flees the room in a rage.

Hubert comes away from the skittle alley and joins Sam and his wife Mary-Jean. Mary-Jean wants Hubert to leave, especially when he starts to talk to Sam about his drink problem before 'the death'. She becomes more uncomfortable as his words encourage Sam to once more dwell on his experiences before 'the death'. Mary-Jean leaves the room.

Sam tells Hubert that the trouble with him before the death was the treatment. He believes now that he needed discipline and authority but instead received the soft option. He cites visits from social workers who got him so choked up with self pity that he couldn't do anything for himself and welfare handouts as the main problems. Sam thinks that their children have to be pioneers taking a different path. Hubert and Sam drink to 'the death'.

Charles asks Alec if he finds Jenny attractive and goes on to explain her worries about Agnes and Greg. He also relates the fact that Jenny chose not to see Greg back at Sloton, describing her as having half- accepted that something is wrong with their relationship.

Mary-Jean tells Sam that she doesn't like the new arrivals at the Tollbar. Sam reassures her and tells her that they are welcome to check out the generator even if it is his job.

Alec apologises to Jenny for his earlier words. Jenny is uncomfortable with his presence and tells him there is nothing more to say. Nevertheless he comes over to sit on the bed with her.

He starts to talk about her and Greg being in a different situation to that which he had thought and also starts to talk about Agnes. Jenny is furious and tells him he doesn't know what he's talking about. Alec asserts that it can't just have all been pretence back at the woodpile when she talked about coming alive again and leaving the past behind. She exclaims that he has confused her pity for something else. Alec leaves enraged.

Jenny leaves her room and confronts Charles in front of everyone who is still up. She calls him a 'Welsh bastard' and tells him that she knows he told Alec that her and Greg are finished.

Charles responds by asking her to think why he did it, namely to keep Alec here to work on the mine so Frank could rest. Charles tells here she should be in Alec's bed now! Alec overhears the confrontation.

The next morning Charles comes to see Frank who appears to be much weaker. Charles, who is worse for wear after the drinking of the night before, tells him how Alec has decided to stay and work on the mine but he doesn't know what swayed the man. He leaves to visit the mine with the others.

Jenny arrives and scolds Frank for the elaborate farce to get Alec to stay. Frank counters her by telling her he realises that the farce was really all about letting him have a rest not the mine. Jenny admits that they are worried about his health and that there's no point in him playing silly heroes. Frank knows that there is only a tiny chance of getting a replacement battery and besides that no-one could perform the necessary surgery so he is resigned to his fate. Jenny suggests Janet Millon but he is unconvinced.

Sam shows Alec and Charles the generator. As Alec gets started, Sam looks more and more uncomfortable.

Back at the Tollbar, Alec tells the men that he thinks the generator can be fixed and that the problem is with the fuel injector. Meanwhile Jenny tells Charles about Frank's condition and that he has finally admitted he is in trouble.

Charles orders Hubert to ride back to Sloton Spencer to bring Janet to tend to Frank. Hubert is initially more interested in his pint of beer, but he is given no option and departs.

Frank is being visited by Sam. Sam is telling him about his views on the next generation and how they should work out things for themselves and must leave the past behind. Frank, who is growing steadily worse, replies that you can't condemn the whole heritage of knowledge and experience. However, Sam is quite insistent and states that it has to be their decision not ours.

Charles is talking to Leonard about the means by which he motivates his men to work. Leonard seems dubious about the idea of the mine working again. He observes that it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

Frank is still being badgered by Sam who reveals that he couldn't allow the mine to become operational again and that he has removed a vital component. Frank tries to reason with Sam. He asserts that Sam wants to destroy all machinery in the land because he wants to block out his own past. Sam denies this and says that he has reached a new understanding of the world which has nothing to do with the past.

Leonard tells Charles that what really 'gets his knickers in a twist' is what happens when the dangers they face are no longer real and obvious, like the dog packs and disease. He thinks the real enemy may become boredom and nostalgia. Charles assures him that despite the fact there is no longer a siege economy and no real crisis that this a beginning not an end. Leonard warns him not to rush things and asks him to think about what happens to people like Sam when industry is running again.

Sam meanwhile, is not letting up on Frank who is now in agony. He doesn't seem to be aware of Frank's condition and continues to harass him, demanding that he must persuade Alec not to continue with the mine and further action to restore industry in the country. Suddenly Sam realises Frank is in real health trouble and leaves the room to get help.

Alec reveals to Leonard and Charles that a vital component is missing from the generator which he thinks must have been taken.

Charles and Jenny come to see the failing Frank who tries to let them know about Sam's intentions. His words mean nothing to them.

Jenny goes to see Alec, who is feeling guilty for rushing them off up North without thought for Frank. Jenny tells him that he shouldn't blame himself. He also feels guilty for what he sees as his selfishness back at the church, having grieved for three years. He worries that it was just self-pity, Jenny assures him that instead it was his love of his late wife.

Charles enters and tells Alec and Jenny that Frank has passed away.

Later, Alec successfully gets the generator working again. He, Charles and Leonard are delighted.

After a slight hiccup the generator continues to work perfectly and there are further congratulations all round.

Charles asks a despondent Sam if he would consider joining them on their trip to Scotland. He thinks that he, Alec and Greg, when they meet up with him, will make a formidable team of engineers.

Sam tells Mary-Jean that he is going to Scotland. She thinks this flies in the face of all they believe in about the next generation. Sam reveals that his intention is not to help them to restore power but to stop them once and for all.

Leonard jokes with Charles about getting the railways working again and tells him "you'd talk a rabbi into eating a pork pie". The pit wheels are now turning again.

Alec is telling Jenny about his ideas for future projects which include running a diesel engine off coal gas and getting the North Sea gas rigs running again. She remarks that he is a changed man from the 'zombie at the woodpile'. He explains that he now has a debt to pay off to the late Frank. Hubert has returned with the news that Janet was away treating someone, but that Agnes was there having met up with Greg again.

Apparently Greg had looked for them at Challoner, had later gone up to Sloton and was now looking for a Dr Adams.

It is also explained that Agnes has arranged a rendezvous for them all at a place called Swaffham on Friday. Jenny is angry that Agnes is still 'controlling' Greg. Alec too looks uncomfortable on hearing Greg discussed again.

Leonard and his men descend the mine shaft as the pit wheels continue to turn.

By Andy Priestner
Series three of Survivors has more than its fair share of disjointed narratives. The Enemy is once again an uneven episode which undeniably lacks a certain something. One thing it doesn't stint on is name calling. Charles is termed a 'Welsh bastard' by Jenny, whilst Alec is called 'McSporran' by Charles. There is also much talk of Northerners and Southerners. It seems the death has done nothing to heal the North-South divide!

Certain scenes do seem somewhat improvised, which either implies...

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