Episode: S1E2, Mutants
Air Date: 25 May 2004
Summary: There is a crisis at the Zooniverse: the animals, and even the quiet Joey Moose, have gradually been going missing and nobody knows who the culprit is (well, half of the staff haven’t even noticed). However, all hell breaks loose when Vince discovers that Bollo, too, has been snatched, as well as Mrs Gideon’s beloved python. The evil mastermind behind the trouble is the one and only Dixon Bainbridge who has been making mutants in his Secret Lab. Don’t worry, he has his reasoning: “Times have changed, zoos are over. You see a rhino, big deal. You see a wolf, who cares? You see a rhino with a wolf’s head- that’s a kind of twisted poetry”. His demands are getting out of hand as he orders Fossil to “get me a human person” and Howard is in severe danger of becoming a ‘mansnake’…
What Else? This episode features another one of Fossil’s iconic scenes, his quirky song: “Nicey nicey zoo zoo, for him and her, and me and you” as well as further development of Fossil’s inability to name the animals, for example, he refers to the elephant as the ‘grey leg faced man’. Howard demonstrates his brilliant skill for disguises, such as hiding behind a bunch of pink balloons: it’s true, he is a maverick.
Quote of the Episode:
Howard: “It’s very visually noisy, your face. It’s like a brass band under a wig”
Familiar Faces: Dave Brown as Joey Moose again, and more of Matt Berry’s Dixon Bainbridge. If you look closely, Dave Brown and Rich Fulcher can be picked out behind the mutant make up!