Black Books – “Travel Writer”

Black Books Season 3 DVD

Original Air Date: April 8, 2004
Starring: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig
Directed by: Martin Dennis

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: Everyone becomes enamored with Manny’s special event guest, travel author Jason Hamilton (Julian Rhind-Tutt) while Bernard (Dylan Moran) finds out he has a new landlord.

Featured Feline: Bernard storms upstairs to have it out with his landlady only to find out the old woman has passed away and left the building to her cat, Mr. Benson.  Bernard finds this out when he insists on seeing the owner and the solicitor (Alice Lowe) opens the door to a breadbox to reveal the cat.

Black Books - Travel Writer cat Mr. Benson in breadbox

Bernard holds out the letter he has received demanding payment and insists he’s not going to pay it.

Black Books - Travel Writer Bernard refuses to pay cat Mr. Benson

The solicitor says that legally she has to leave Benson on the property, so Bernard becomes paranoid about the cat.

Black Books - Travel Writer cat Mr. Benson with solicitor

Bernard reaches the end of his rope when he gets out a super special biscuit to serve to Jason Hamilton only to have Mr. Benson sneak in the window and take it.

Black Books - Travel Writer cat Mr. Benson looks in window

Black Books - Travel Writer Bernard spots cat Mr. Benson in window

Bernard brings in Roland (Ryan Luhning), a professional exterminator, to kill Mr. Benson.  Roland doesn’t want to do it but is bribed with a thousand pounds.  He and Bernard wait for Mr. Benson to come in the cat door of the upstairs apartment.

Black Books - Travel Writer cat Mr. Benson steps inside cat door

Fortunately Roland can’t bring himself to kill Mr. Benson.

Black Books - Travel Writer cat Mr. Benson eats food

Bernard shoots up the apartment, disturbing Jason Hamilton’s presentation and when they return downstairs everyone is gone.  Everyone except for Mr. Benson, who changes the slide projector to a picture of a tiger.

Black Books - Travel Writer cat Mr. Benson brings up slide of tiger

Bernard is determined to shoot Mr. Benson and raises the gun.  The screen goes black.  Mr. Benson must have nine lives because this time Bernard ends up grazing Manny’s head.

Black Books - Travel Writer cat Mr. Benson on slide projector

Final Mewsings: Your cat landlord is likely to evict you if you try to shoot him.

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