1) In Pélé, Mike says to Noel after he points out the ramifications of the small white sphere (“Is it a football? Or is it the saucer for the cup?”), “I’ve got to go and call Trisha.” You know, Trisha? From the zoo times? Trisha came to life. (This is made doubly cute when taken into consideration the fact that Trisha is Noel’s character’s alternate personality; I have a lot of Fielding brother feelings.)
2) Also in Pélé, the bit in the middle of the choruses in Roy Circles’ song consists of “Left, right, left right, no, yes, No Means Yes” - something which came up, as we all know, in the Big Fat Quiz. No analysis, just cute.
3) In BBQ Breakdown, Fantasy Man, aside from calling himself a Man of Action (hello Julian, I thought you weren’t in this one), also claims that “they call [him] the Neon Bullet [comin’ atcha like a ray, like a beam, like a laser]”
4) Also in BBQ Breakdown, during the Andy/Noel altercation with the kites, I felt like the natural expectation was one of them decking the other - which pobably would have happened in any “normal” television programme. This is a product of one of the most innocent minds in comedy, however, and so he addresses the perception of “manliness” in today’s society with the crying jab - while also wearing the most makeup I’ve ever seen him in when not playing a (more extravagant) character.
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Re: number 4, I think that’s spot on, and what’s more, that’s a repeated motif throughout the episode, regarding the (gendered) expression of emotion and sometimes being mocked for it, or trying to hide it. Andy needles Noel about his emotional reaction to losing his kite—in a way that suggests Noel often cries, and Andy anticipates this—and Noel denies it, despite the obvious evidence to the contrary. “I’m not gonna cry, am I?” he scoffs, even as his eyes are filled with tears. A variation on this shows up in the Joey Ramone sequence from this same episode, as Joey clearly cries about his lateness—but every time the narrator notes it and tries to provide some comfort or sympathy, Joey insists that he only has pink-eye. He won’t admit to crying, even though the truth is clear.
And then there’s the BBQ Breakdown itself, a weepy emotional meltdown that only gets worse with every dismissive accusation from the others that Noel’s coming apart, just like he always does. And that, too, breaks from gender norms, because what makes Noel break down is the frustration and stress of trying to please everybody, trying to be everything to everybody, trying to meet everybody else’s conflicting needs—not the types of pressure that men are stereotypically expected to feel, and certainly not to ADMIT to or visibly show, especially as anything other than anger.