T. Bag And The Rings Of Olympus Episode 6: Exit With A Puff

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Episode 1The Rings Of Olympus
Episode 2Bandits
Episode 3The Yukon
Episode 4Rum Barbara
Episode 5Vampires
Episode 6Exit With A Puff
Episode 7Rats
Episode 8Leonardo
Episode 9Torture
Episode 10Return To Olympus

UK Air Date11/02/1991, 4.05pm
Repeat Screening12/07/1993, 4.00pm
Copyright Year1991
VTR Date24/09/1990
Fremantle Archive Ref50927
Consecutive Episode Number69
IMDB LinkEpisode page

T. Bag (Tabatha Bag)Georgina Hale
T. ShirtJohn Hasler
Polly-ZenaNatalie Wood
Delores ClapperMarlena Mackey
Max ClapperMatt Zimmerman

Video Tape EditorMark Sangster
Make UpCarlene Gearing
CostumeRaymond Childe
Lighting DirectorAllen Harradine
Stage ManagerTeresa Joselyn
Vision MixerPeter Boffin
Production AssistantGill Thomas
DesignerJohn Plant
ProducerCharles Warren
DirectorGlyn Edwards
Written ByLee Pressman
Grant Cathro

A Hollywood film director, Max Clapper, is looking for someone to play Scarlet O’ Sugar but both T-Bag and Polly want the part and claim his monocle, with the next ring, as their fee.
The High-T Website synopsis
Polly arrives in Hollywood in her quest for the Gold Rings.
Lookin listing
Next week, Polly heads for Hollywood. Who is the scarlet lady? Will she nab the next gold ring before Polly gets wind of her plan? Find out in next weeks explosive episode of T. Bag and the Rings of Olympus.
Next week preview (from previous episode)
This week, Polly heads for Hollywood where film director, Max Clapper, is searching for a star. Who is the scarlet lady? Will she nab the next gold ring? Will Elmer Z. Shirtburger pull off the deal of the decade? Who’s double-crossing who? Stay tuned to T. Bag and the Rings of Olympus.
Stay tuned preview (from start of episode)

Exit With A Puff

Me Oh My

A Deal

Promised Ring

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The greatest movie classic of all time

Max Clapper: Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah.
Delores Clapper: Coffee?
Max Clapper: Nah. Nah.
Delores Clapper: Don't tell me you're still searching for an actress for your movie.
Max Clapper: I'm still searching. Nah.
Delores Clapper: What's wrong with her?
Max Clapper: I worked with that dame on Ben Hur. All she ever did was complain. Never could get the hang of pulling that chariot. Nah. Oh holy cow! This is a nightmare. I gotta find someone for this part. Like now!
Delores Clapper: I've been thinking. I know a little lady who'd be just hunky dory.
Max Clapper: Yeah. Who?
Delores Clapper: Me!
Max Clapper: Say again.
Delores Clapper: Me!
Max Clapper: One more time.
Delores Clapper: Me! I could play the lead part of Scarlet O' Sugar to perfection.
Max Clapper: Honey, in the movie Scarlet is supposed to be fourteen years old.
Delores Clapper: Well I can play fourteen. Gee. Shucks, daddy. Can I please have a pony for Christmas? Oh please, Daddy, pleeeease. W...what do you say Max?
Max Clapper: Any more dried prunes?
Delores Clapper: Oh give me a break, Max. I haven't had a decent part in the movies for, I don't know how long.
Max Clapper: Oh hang in there babe. The right part'll turn up for you soon, one of these days, but I'm afraid this ain't it.
Delores Clapper: Ohhh.
Max Clapper: You gotta understand, over at MGM they're making this big blockbuster, Gone With The Wind. Well I'm gonna take the wind right out of their sails with a blockbuster of my own, Exit With A Puff.
Delores Clapper: Great title, honey.
Max Clapper: In fifty years time, no one's gonna remember Gone With The Wind, but Exit With A Puff will surely become the greatest movie classic of all time.
Delores Clapper: I don't doubt it darling.
Max Clapper: Well that's why everything has to be perfect. Especially the part of Scarlet. It's got to be right. I need me a fourteen year old girl. But where, oh where am I going to find me one. Nah. Nah. Nah.

Added: 04/04/2015

Starring in the movie

T-Bag: I do believe I see a way of bagging the next gold ring.
T-Shirt: Don't tell me. You're going to go to the studio, dress yourself up, do a stunning audition, land yourself the part of Scarlet O' Sugar and demand the gold ring as your fee for starring in the movie.
T-Bag: No. I was going to hit him over the head with a baseball bat... Buuuuuuut, ha, come to think of it, that's a nifty idea you got there T-Shirt, it might work.
T-Shirt: Course it'll work, unless you muck it up.
T-Bag: Meaning?
T-Shirt: Meaning, fools rush in. Like you said. Why don't you let me go first, soften him up a bit. Before you go barging in like a rhinoceros with horn-ache.
T-Bag: What do you mean soften him up a bit?
T-Shirt: Here's what I mean (he whispers in her ear).
T-Bag: Oh why are you whispering in my ear, you numbskull? There's nobody else here. Ouuurgggghhhhhhh. Give me strength.

Added: 04/04/2017

A gift from the gods

(Delores is on the phone).
Delores Clapper: So I said, Max I said, you're going to make yourself ill if you don't go easy. But he will insist on throwing himself into his work. I'm just glad he doesn't work at the sewage farm.
Polly: Er, excuse me.
Delores Clapper: Got to go Hedy, someone at the door. Love and kisses darling, mwah, mwah, mwah (she hangs up). Can I help you?
Polly: Well I hope so, you see I'm looking for...
Delores Clapper: Oh! You are Scarlet!
Polly: No, I'm Polly actually.
Delores Clapper: Young, pretty, can you act?
Polly: Well…
Delores Clapper: You're ideal, you're perfect. Wait 'til my husband hears about this, he'll be tickled pink. You're a gift from the gods, my dear, sent from Heaven to save us. (She uses the phone) Hello Max, Delores, ah. Delores Clapper, your wife, hmm. Listen I think I've found your perfect Scarlet 'O Sugar. I'm telling you, she's exactly right for the part. Oh, she has the sweetest little... Max, t'uh. He hung up, how do you like that? Well you little lady are going to play the lead part in Max's new movie, would you like that?
Polly: Well I...
Delores Clapper: He'd pay you anything you ask for you know.
Polly: Yeah?
Delores Clapper: Mmm-hmm.
Polly: In that case lead me to the studio.
Delores Clapper: Ah, hold your horses. He's got to see a photograph first. And if he likes the photo you're in. Now you stay right there my pretty angel while I go and get my camera.

Added: 04/04/2021

Fourteen year old slip of a girl

T-Shirt: You play the part of Scarlet O’Sugar, a beautiful, fresh faced, fourteen year old slip of a girl... ha ha ha.
T-Bag: What are you laughing at?
T-Shirt: Nothing. Nothing.
T-Bag: I can remember what it was like to be fourteen, you know. It was only seven years ago.

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  • Grant Cathro has sent me a copy of this episode's script which includes a scene taken out where T. Shirt is making a fly-on-the-wall documentary about child slavery with Granny Bag's camcorder.
  • This episode is titled 'Hollywood' on the script.
  • According to the Fremantle Archives this episode was titled 'Hollywood'.
  • When T-Bag is learning her lines for Exit With A Puff, if you look closely enough you can see what it says on the script cover - “EXIT WITH A PUFF” by Ernie Pressburger and J.B. Cathrovitch.
  • The author name 'Ernie Pressburger' as seen on the Exit With A Puff script is a pastiche of the scriptwriter Emeric Pressburger, most famous for the films 'The Red Shoes' (1948), 'Black Narcissus' (1947), '49th Parallel' (1941) and many others.
  • Lee Pressman kept this 'prop script' which consists of several Mike & Angelo scripts inside!
  • The name of the film 'Exit with a puff' is a parody of 'Gone with the wind'.
  • Marlena Mackey, who played Delores Clapper, sadly passed away several years ago.
  • Marlena Mackey was a friend and neighbour of Lee Pressman, one of the writers of the series.
  • Matt Zimmerman appears on the reunion DVD documentary filmed by Fantom Films in early 2007.
  • Matt Zimmerman appeared in Spatz which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Matt Zimmerman appeared in the episode 'Witness' (#3.2, 06/03/1992) as Brewster Dwight.
  • Matt Zimmerman appeared in Mike & Angelo which was also written by Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro. Matt Zimmerman appeared in the episodes 'Angelo's Big Break' (#2.6, 19/10/1989) as Bob Bright and 'A Turn Up For The Books' (#9.10, 20/03/1997) as Lord Chief Justice.

  • Matt Zimmerman and Marlena Mackey appeared together during the previous series. This is the only instance in the nine series where two guest actors appear in more than one episode together.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 2: High Noon)
  • Matt Zimmerman, who plays Max Clapper, appears in four episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag, making him the most prolific guest actor alongside James Saxon and Jo Warne. This is his last of his four appearances.
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 9: Doc Leaf)
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 6: Rock Star Baby)
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 2: High Noon)
  • Marlena Mackey, who plays Delores Clapper, appears in two episodes throughout the nine series of T-Bag. This is her second of her two appearances.
    (T. Bag and The Pearls of Wisdom, Episode 2: High Noon)
  • This is only one of three episodes from this series which has a credit for 'Video Tape Editor'.
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 2: Bandits)
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 3: The Yukon)
  • Delores Clapper refers to Polly as 'a gift from the gods', echoing Polly-Zena coming from Mount Olympus in episode one.
    (T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus, Episode 1: The Rings Of Olympus)
  • Max Clapper speaks to Nancy on the phone when trying to get in contact with Shirtburger, Nancy is also spoken to on the phone in other episodes.
    (T. Bag and The Revenge of the T. Set, Episode 6: Rock Star Baby)
    (Take off with T. Bag, Episode 9: The Red Shoes)
  • In this episode Max Clapper calls T-Bag 'Rip Van Winkle' after the short story by author Washington Irving, first published in 1819. This moniker was used before in another episode.
    (Turn on to T-Bag, Episode 4: Bubble Boy)