Manny proving to be a charming, sociable and extremely competent employee, apparently unaware that it's 'not that kind of operation'.
An offering of wine from Manny and the threat of physical violence from Fran persuade Bernard to keep Manny on board.
Manny, an accountant, enters Black Books for the first time to buy the The Little Book of Calm on his way to work and somehow manages to swallow it.
I took new dates to one particular microbrewery so often that it became a sort of home ground. Funnily, for such a buggy, mediocre app, Tinder sure gets a lot of attention. On the other hand, every now and then, I’ll “match” with someone who’s super-honest. Take the case of the visiting researcher who just wanted casual sex – and told me as much within a few minutes of conversation.
Every now and then, as if unable to handle the sheer force of all this chemistry, everything vanishes and my phone informs me regretfully that Tinder has stopped. We live most of our lives online, so why is it a surprise that we also look to meet new people online? “I already know a lot of interesting people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fran has taken the phone off the hook to listen to silky-voiced Howell Granger read the shipping forecast on the radio, leaving Bernard to wander the streets of London penniless, cold and wet, with only an adult video-shop and the allure of fast-food employment between him and freezing.
Guest stars: Nick Frost as the alarm installer, Peter Serafinowicz as Howell Granger, writer Graham Linehan as a fast-food customer, and Tony Way as the fast-food chain and cinema employee.
Bernard finally breaks the last straw with his constant bullying, and Manny leaves home, but doesn't even manage to let Bernard know about this without being attacked by a bee in a telephone box and finding himself on the streets.
He is soon picked up by a photographer with a beard fetish and is treated to a glamorous life of expensive clothes, satin sheets and crinkle-cut chips in silver bowls, but such high living comes at a high price.
Fran discovers the walls of her flat are literally closing in as her unscrupulous landlord creates another flat from the stolen space.
Bernard pretends to be her lawyer in an attempt to rectify the situation but quickly falls for the new lodger, Summer Girl Alice.
As a result, Fran and Bernard bribe Manny to hide inside the piano, armed with only spoons, in an attempt to make themselves look good. A heat wave sweeps London, causing Bernard to obsess about beautiful girls and to seek a "Summer Girlfriend", Fran to suffer from insomnia, and Manny to panic about his 'Dave's Syndrome', a curious condition that purportedly triggers at 88°F (31°C).
Naturally, Bernard refuses to believe a word of Manny's "attention seeking nonsense" and tries to get Manny as hot as possible.
I politely thanked him for his frankness, and hit “unmatch”.