Taskmaster: Series 7, Episode 9 – The Pendulum Draws the Eyes

Taskmaster Series 7 Episode 9
Picture Shows: James Acaster. ©Avalon

This week, James Acaster uses a skull to drain a bowl, Jessica Knappett has some fun with a man named Fez, and Phil Wang finds a lime.

With Greg Davies and Little Alex Horne presiding over the quintet as they try to play for five surprising beautiful things, including a jack-in-the-box with a photo of Grace Kelly inside it, and a picture of Acaster in the nude, the opening task proper was a complex one. They had to fill a little bowl that was floating in a big bowl of water with coins, without making the little bowl sink, while saying their name every 30 seconds, with the winner being the person with the highest numerical value of the coins (i.e. 50p = 50 points, £1 = 1 point). However, the numeric value made little difference has only one person managed to complete the task and thus got any points. Among the errors made included Acaster trying to use a skull to drain the water out, while failing to realise that the skull was too large to it the mouth of the large bowl.

The next task was an oddity, as there were two tasks. One, done by Knappett, Rhod Gilbert, Kerry Godliman, was to take the most unusual photograph of them while wearing a fez, where Knappett is able to get a photo with a pilot named Fez (short for “Ferrington”), and Gilbert use a photo of Davies’s mum in the bath. Meanwhile, Wang and Acaster were tasked to Hula for a minute, and then had to make the biggest improvement in the studio. After that, they had find a satsuma that was inside one of around 50 socks, some thy could squeeze, some they could stroke, some they could sniff, some they could peak inside and some they could put on their feet. There are a lot of rules, and it would have been a lot easier if they spotted the large number 8 on the side of the caravan, which was Horne’s way of remembering where the satsuma was. Among the frustrating moments where we when Wang exclaimed that he wrongly found a lime, while Knappett steps on an egg.

After that was the final team task of the series: to achieve a rally of exactly 24 shots, with each member of the team hitting it their chosen object the same number of times, standing 6’8” apart from each other, and a bonus point for the use of the most ambitious equipment. This was an easy task to judge, given that the boys seemingly failed to obey any of the rules in the task. The live task involved writing their name and drawing a picture of a happy horse on an overhead projector acetate sheet upside-down, so it looked the right way when it was projected.

There was certainly plenty of be pleased with in tonight’s episode, mainly due to the incompetence of just about everyone: whether it was failing to spot the big clue in the satsuma task, sinking the little bowl or failing to count rally strokes correctly. However, the joyous frustration can best stated with the words: “A LIME!” Also, if Wang’s wang wasn’t already provocative enough, it is even more so when he is playing with a hoop.

Taskmaster is on Dave at 21.00 on Wednesdays.