"Bambi" is the first episode of the second series of The Young Ones, and was first aired on BBC2 on 8th May 1984.
Mike expresses concerns to the household that they haven't been to the launderette since 1981, and urges them all to bag up their dirty washing and head into town. The visit is made more urgent by the outbreak of one of Vyvyan's socks. The boys decided to go the following morning, and inexplicably arrive downstairs with the actors playing different characters; Rick is now dressed as Vyvyan, Vyvyan is now dressed as Mike, Mike is now dressed as Neil and Neil is now dressed as Rick. A quick and unexplained teleport to the launderette quickly solves this quandry, and they encounter a problem when the washing machines refuse to take their filthy clothes. Vyvyan temporarily solves the matter with a combination of "psychology and extreme violence," although all appears futile when they discover that they have to pay to use the machines.
Later on back at the house, Neil suddenly remembers something really important he had been meaning to tell everyone; they've been invited to appear on University Challenge on that very evening to represent Scumbag College. The boys scramble to the train station and hitch a ride to the studio, interrupted when Vyvyan sticks his head out of the train window and becomes decapitated. The four are ejected from the train and forced to walk the rest of the way, which takes them several weeks.
Finally arriving at the studio, they are greeted by the presenter Bambi, who allows them in despite being long overdue, where they face off against Footlights College, a well-to-do team of rich folks. Neil becomes hooked on getting Bambi to let him go to the toilet, and Vyvyan becomes frustrated at the progress of the game and chucks a grenade at the opposing team.
The episode ends when an enormous chocolate eclair lands on them, revealing the lads to live in a microscopic world on a glass slide.
Guest Stars Edit
Griff Rhys-Jones as Bambi
Mel Smith as Guard
Alexei Sayle as Train Driver
Ben Elton as Kendal Mintcake
Stephen Fry as Lord Snot
Hugh Laurie as Lord Monty
Emma Thompson as Miss Money-Sterling
Robbie Coltrane as Dr Carlisle
Tony Robinson as Dr Not The Nine O'Clock News
Ace of Spades by Motorhead
Stephen Fry made a genuine appearance on University Challenge whilst he was a student at Cambridge.