T. Bag And The Pearls Of Wisdom Episode 9: Play It Again, Sal

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UK Air Date27/02/1990, 4.20pm
Repeat Screening06/08/1992, 4.05pm
Copyright Year1989
VTR Date16/10/1989
Fremantle Archive Ref48947 (series ref)
Consecutive Episode Number61
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tabatha Bag)Georgina Hale
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
Sally SimpkinsKellie Bright
Rick O'SheaPaul Bradley
Beau LeggeJohn Hollis

Make UpAdam Beck
CostumeRaymond Childe
Graphic DesignerJeff Harrison
Stage ManagerBobby Webber
Lighting DirectorGraham Jaggers
Production AssistantElena Adams
MusicTerry Trower
DesignerJohn Plant
ProducerCharles Warren
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro
DirectorLeon Thau

At the foreign legion fort Rick O’ Shea is playing snakes and ladders with Beau Legge for money but Beau is cheating and wins a ring with the next pearl on it from Rick.
The High-T Website synopsis
The Foreign Legion comes into the lives of Sally, T-Shirt and T-Bag. In a seedy part of North Africa they meet up with Beau Legge, the legionnaire who falls madly in love with T-Bag – much to her disgust – and Rick O’Shea, the Casablancan café owner.
TV Times listing
In the next episode Sally arrives at a desert fort. Why has T-Shirt joined the foreign legion? Can T-Bag yet win the game? Find out in T. Bag and the Pearls of Wisdom.
Next week preview (from previous episode)
Today Sally arrives at a desert fort. Can she get the next missing pearl? Why has T-Shirt joined the foreign legion? Can T-Bag yet win the game? Find out now.
Stay tuned preview (from start of episode)

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It's calamity time for me

T-Bag: Oh, where is that girl? She's only got one more of those blasted pearls to find and I'm... Ohhh, I can't bear it.
T-Shirt: I can't bear it either, I mean, what am I doing, doing this, I'm not your skivvy.
T-Bag: Just get on with it.
T-Shirt: I can magic this lot done in two seconds flat.
T-Bag: You dare.
T-Shirt: It'll take hours like this, oh what's the point?
T-Bag: Ohhhh, the point is that every time I see your idiotic face appear on the scene, it's calamity time for me. Ohhhh, I've got to find that pearl before she does. Oh there, there it is. I've found it, I've found it. Right, I've got to get down there quick.
T-Shirt: Right, all done, where are we off to?
T-Bag: Done? What do you mean done? You've used your magic, haven't you?
T-Shirt: No, I'm just a very fast ironer.
T-Bag: How dare you?
(T-Shirt disappears).
T-Bag: T-Shirt, where are you? Where are you? (T-Shirt reappears) Hu-urrghh.
T-Shirt: You called?
T-Bag: Ohhhhhh.

Added: 04/04/2020

Enough is enough is enough

T-Bag: I've just about had enough of this, enough is enough is enough.
T-Shirt: Noooooooo.
T-Bag: Yes. Yes, yes, yeeeeees. No go blinking my lad.
T-Shirt: Oh, my magic's gone.
T-Bag: Yes, that was the worst thing I ever did, was giving you magic in the first place.
T-Shirt: Oh I've had enough of you.
T-Bag: Oh the feeling's mutual.
T-Shirt: Oh I'm leaving.
T-Bag: Good riddance.
T-Shirt: I really am going you know.
T-Bag: Good, best news I've heard all day.
T-Shirt: Right then, goodbye.
T-Bag: Goodbye. Where are you going to?
T-Shirt: I don't know yet.
T-Bag: Oh, that's typical isn't it, wants to run away and you don't know where you're running to. That just about sums you up.
T-Shirt: I don't care where I go, just so long as I can forget about you.
T-Bag: Oh, you want to forget about me do you, right.
T-Shirt: Yes.
T-Bag: I will give you a lift, I know just the place for you.
(T-Bag uses her magic and T-Shirt disappears).
T-Bag: Ohhhh, it's like a fifty tonne weight, oooh, being lifted off my shoulders. Right, now, the pearl.

Added: 04/04/2015

I want to forget a woman

Beau Legge: Ah, zut alors. Who are you?
T-Shirt: Shirt's the name, T-Shirt.
Beau Legge: And what do you want Monsieur?
T-Shirt: I want to forget a woman.
Beau Legge: Ah, the old familiar story, well you have come to the right place my fine fellow. This is the French Foreign Legion where men are men and woman are hated.
T-Shirt: Sounds good to me.
Beau Legge: Ah, so, you wish to join?
T-Shirt: You bet I do.
Beau Legge: Très bien, come with me Private Shirt.

Added: 04/04/2014

A night to remember

Rick O'Shea: Don't worry my friend, leave everything to me, it will be a night to remember. Bye.
Sally: That wasn't the man from the Foreign Legion fort was it?
Rick O'Shea: It surely was. Some lucky lady's going to wind up with a beautiful pearl on her finger this evening.
Sally: A pearl.
Rick O'Shea: Lucky lady indeed.
Sally: Rick.
Rick O'Shea: Now...
Sally: Erm...
Rick O'Shea: Food, no problem. Music, music, urgh, I need somebody who can sing.
Sally: I can sing.
Rick O'Shea: You can sing?
Sally: Yes.
Rick O'Shea: Would you like a job singing here tonight?
Sally: I would love a job singing here tonight.

Added: 04/04/2017

"Disappearing Act"
When T-Shirt magics the ironing done and T-Bag tells him off for using his magic, he disappears and the scenery behind him ‘jumps’ and changes slightly darker, when he reappears the scenery aligns as before and turns lighter again.

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  • The title of this episode is a play-on words of the quote 'Play It Again, Sam' from the film 'Casablanca' starring Ingrid Bergman. This is mistakingly quoted as the words in the actual film are 'Play it once Sam, for old times' sake'
  • The story, theme and setting of this episode owes a lot to the 1939 film Beau Geste, based on the adventure novel by P. C. Wren, where three English brothers enlist to the French Foreign Legion.
  • The character of Rick O'Shea shares his first name 'Rick' with the character from the film 'Casablanca' who owns the saloon.
  • The line said by Sally to T-Shirt 'Of all the cafés in all the world you had to walk into this one' is taken from the line in the film 'Casablanca' said by Rick: 'Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine'.
  • John Hollis, who played Beau Legge, sadly passed away on 18th October 2005, aged 74.
  • The name of the character Rick O’ Shea, is a play-on-words for 'Ricochet'.
  • The name of the character Beau Legge, is a play-on-words for 'Bow Leg'.
  • When T-Bag leaves Rick to see Beau Legge, she says 'I will pay a little visit to Mr Beau Legge and see what's afoot.' which contains both references to the foot and the leg.
  • The name of the character Beau Legge, is a parody of the character 'Beau Geste' from the 1924 adventure novel by P. C. Wren of the same name.
  • Kellie Bright would appear alongside Paul Bradley in two episodes of Holby City in August 2009, almost twenty years since their appearance in this episode was filmed.

  • John Hollis, who plays Beau Legge, appears in two episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag. This is his second of his two appearances.
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 3: Yeti)
  • T-Shirt is seen doing ironing in the T-Room, in this episode he is ironing some sheets and later in the episode he irons Beau Legge's trousers. T-Shirt is seen ironing in another episode.
    (Wonders in Letterland, Episode 4: Debbie In The Land Of I)
  • T-Bag gets a proposal of marriage from Beau Legge during this episode, Tabatha Bag also get marriage proposals from other suitors in other series.
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 8: Leonardo)
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 2: Gussie and Twittering)
  • T-Bag uses her purse in this episode, this purse is also used in the subsequent series.
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 2: Bandits)
  • In episode ten Sally and T-Shirt tell Captain Cockle about their adventures referring to this episode, 'We’ve crossed the desert'.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 10: The Pearls Of Wisdom)
  • T-Bag has a problem getting a picture in her saucer, this happened before for Tallulah Bag.
    (T-Bag Strikes Again, Episode 10: The Magic Garden)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 10: The Ceremony)
  • T-Bag is referred to as 'Bin Bag' in this episode, this happens numerous times throughout the series, in this episode it is T-Shirt who says 'Oh this is even worse than being with old Bin-Bag'.
    (T-Bag Bounces Back, Episode 10: Happy Ending)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 8: The African Queen)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 9: Doc Leaf)
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 10: Turn On To T-Bag)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 8: La Boheme)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 9: The Bard)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 10: The Pearls Of Wisdom)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 10: Return To Olympus)
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 6: Ra Ra Rasputin)
    (T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma, Episode 7: One Million Years B.C.)