T-Bag Bounces Back Episode 5: Bobby Jobsworth And The Temple Of Doom

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UK Air DateFri 20/02/1987, 4.20pm
Repeat ScreeningThurs 03/08/1989, 4.25pm
Copyright YearMCMLXXXVI (1986)
VTR Date05/09/1986
Fremantle Archive Ref35292 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number25
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tallulah Bag)Elizabeth Estensen
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
DebbieJennie Stallwood
Bobby JobsworthPhillip Fox
Bizzy BeaverJohn Clive

Make UpAnn Briggs
Costume DesignerRaymond Childe
Graphic DesignerAlex Forbes
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Production AssistantJoanna Stewart
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
DesignerJohn Plant
ProducersCharles Warren
Leon Thau
DirectorLeon Thau

Debbie runs into a boy scout called Bobby Jobsworth in the jungle. He is trying to find his scout leader, Bizzy Beaver, who went missing. Bobby finds a temple and T-Bag tells him there is a bell in there so Bobby sends Debbie inside and T-Bag traps her inside. Inside the temple Debbie finds Bizzy but can they get out and find the next bell?
The High-T Website synopsis
Debbie finds herself in a jungle and meets up with Bobby Jobsworth, a scout who’s been lost with leader, Old Bizzy Beaver, for five years. They find a hidden tomb which holds many strange and wonderful objects, including the bell Debbie is after. Will she be able to get the bell before T-Bag finds it?
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Strike while the iron's hot

T-Bag: Well I can't see little Lady Muck getting any help from him. So far so good.
T-Shirt: So what's your plan?
T-Bag: I don't have a plan yet T-Shirt. I'll have to go down there and observe the situation at close quarters. Keep one ear to the ground and then, when the time is right, strike while the iron's hot.
T-Shirt: While you're out can I go out trick or treating please? Please?
T-Bag: Absolutely not. (T-Bag hits T-Shirt’s hat and it falls to the ground) Oh, your hat's fallen off.

Added: 04/04/2020

My life is in ruins

Bobby Jobsworth: Ohhh, who are you?
T-Bag: I’m an archaeologist, my life is in ruins.
Bobby Jobsworth: Oh I say. I’m sorry to hear that.
T-Bag: No, no I mean I study ruins, just like this one.

Three guesses

Bobby Jobsworth: Here it is, over here.
Debbie: Oh great, oh Bobby, well done. Oh it's very dark, I can't see the bell.
Bobby Jobsworth: Oh it's in there alright, no question.
Debbie: Mmm, well I'll just have to crawl in that's all.
Bobby Jobsworth: Exactly, yeah.
Debbie: It looks a bit of a tight squeeze.
Bobby Jobsworth: Mmm.
Debbie: Do you think you could hold my bag for me please? I'll only be gone a couple of seconds.
Bobby Jobsworth: Will do.
Debbie: Right, here goes.
Bobby Jobsworth: Everything alright?
Debbie: Can't see a thing.
Bobby Jobsworth: Keep going. (He's startled by T-Bag) Oh no!
T-Bag: Only me.
Bobby Jobsworth: Oh.
T-Bag: Why don't you go back to your tent and get the poor girl a torch?
Bobby Jobsworth: Well I was just going to do that actually.
T-Bag: Dee-ah, I'll hold the bag.
Bobby Jobsworth: Oh right-o, erm, back in a jiffy. Torch, torch.
T-Bag: Coo-ee, little moley in your holey.
Debbie: Who's that?
T-Bag: Three guesses.
Debbie: T-Bag.
T-Bag: Got it in one. And I've got you exactly where I want you.
Debbie: Too late again, I'm afraid, T-Bag. I'm on my way to getting that fourth gold bell.
T-Bag: Gold bell? Deary me, whoever told you you'd find a gold bell in there?
Debbie: A friend of mine, Bobby.
T-Bag: Ahh, dear old Bobby, good old Bobby. The same Bobby who's just handed me your little gold bag.
Debbie: Well, what?
T-Bag: You're in a hole now aren't you my dear? Scuttled straight into my trap.
Debbie: Trap!
(T-Bag uses her magic to block the opening to the tomb).
T-Bag: Goodbye forever Deborah.
Debbie: No!
(T-Bag squeals with joy).

Added: 04/04/2018

Scouts motto, always be prepared

Bizzy Beaver: Typical Jobsworth, never there when he's needed.
Debbie: There's got to be a way out somehow. How did you get in here in the first place?
Bizzy Beaver: Well, there I was, pogo-sticking around the globe, doing very well. Got as far as here, stopped outside for a rest. Leaned against the wall, crash, bang, wallop. Wall caves in, I tumble in after it, wall slams shut, that's me lumbered.
Debbie: For five years.
Bizzy Beaver: Five long endless years. Sixty interminable months, Two hun...
Debbie: Yes, yes, I don't understand.
Bizzy Beaver: What?
Debbie: All this?
Bizzy Beaver: Oh that, yes, well, Scouts motto, always be prepared. I had several cans of beans in my emergency kit. Ha, ha, I didn't get my bean-eating survivors badge for nothing you know.
Debbie: You're not going to tell me you survived five years on a few cans of baked beans.
Bizzy Beaver: Yes.
Debbie: What?
Bizzy Beaver: Yes, I'm not going to tell you that.
Debbie: Well, how then?
Bizzy Beaver: Ta da! You see, this must have been the tomb of a very important person. Dried bananas, coconuts, yams, pawpaws, you name it, it's all here. All dried and sealed to last indefinitely.
Debbie: Well I'm sure I don't want to be stuck here indefinitely. There's a way out, I'm going to find it.
Bizzy Beaver: You think I haven't looked? I've searched every corridor and every labyrinth in this place. I didn't get my corridor and labyrinth searching badge for nothing you know.
Debbie: All the same, I must try.
Bizzy Beaver: Ok but look, if you're not back here in ten minutes I'm coming in after you.
Debbie: Alright.
(Debbie leaves).
Bizzy Beaver: Right Har. Ten minutes. Eight, nine, ten.

Added: 04/04/2015

The Dreadful Tomb

T-Bag: You did what?
T-Shirt: I left the sheet in that tomb.
T-Bag: With Deborah?
T-Shirt: Yes.
T-Bag: No.
T-Shirt: Yes.
T-Bag: No, tell me it’s not true.
T-Shirt: What?
T-Bag: It was true it was her, she was here, the bag, oh no, the bag, the bag, the bag, let me see, let me see, let me see. Oh thank the stars that stupid girl still believes the yarn I spun her about the bell being in the dreadful tomb she’s so gullible, silly girl.

"Sheet Magic"
When T-Shirt first goes trick or treating he has the ‘ghost’ sheet screwed up under his arm but when he reappears outside the temple the sheet is folded very neatly – it must have folded itself by magic on the way!

For more mistakes from other episodes, please see the Nitpicker's Guide

  • The name of the character Bizzy Beaver, is a play-on-words for 'Busy Beaver'.
  • The title of this episode 'Bobby Jobsworth and the Temple of Doom' is a parody of the 1984 film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'.
  • This episode has the longest episode title consisting of 7 words (with a total of 32 letters (38 including spaces)).
  • When Bizzy Beaver tells Debbie that he's been trapped for five years breaking it down into 60 months, 260 weeks, 1826 days, 43824 hours and 2629440 minutes) he then asks Debbie if she knows how many seconds that is but she doesn't know, of course it is 157,766,400 seconds but who's counting!
  • Phillip Fox appeared in Genie In The House which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Phillip Fox appeared in several episodes as Mr Preston.
  • Phillip Fox appeared in Polterguests which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Phillip Fox appeared in the episode 'Cuckoo in the Crypt' (#1.7, 26/04/1999) as Donald.
  • John Clive, who played Bizzy Beaver, sadly passed away on 14th October 2012, aged 79.

  • John Clive, who plays Bizzy Beaver, appears in two episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag. This is his first of his two appearances.
    (T. Bag's Christmas Carol)
  • This is the first episode set during Halloween, this happened again in T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus.
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 5: Vampires)
  • The 'I'm an archeologist, my life is in ruins' joke told by T-Bag is used again by Diggory in T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma.
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 1: In The Footsteps Of Kit Bag)
  • The episode title 'Bobby Jobsworth and the Temple of Doom' is a reference to the 1984 film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom', in Wonders in Letterland there is a character based on Indiana Jones called 'Indiana Inkspot'.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 4: Debbie In The Land Of I)