Martin Moone, like most 12 year old boys, is very lazy. So when it comes to getting up for school, he’s not very good at it. This can be problematic, as his sister Sinead decides to put make up on his face one morning, and because he gets up late, he doesn’t have time to wash his face and doesn’t know she’s done it.
Naturally, being a boy at school wearing makeup, he has a bit of a rough start to his day. But after surviving that, he decides that he needs to find a way of reducing the time it takes for him to get to school. Luckily for Martin, he literally walks into the answer; the wall in his back garden, which runs along the length of the school grounds. And even more luck follows, as he realises that his dad built the wall, and as Sean helpfully points out, he’s a lovely man is Liam, but he’s really not very good at building. So under Sean’s supervision, Martin starts to take the wall apart, hoping his mum and dad won’t notice, and assume it’s just natural erosion when a massive hole appears in it.
While Martin’s hatching a plan to allow himself to be lazier, his mum Debra has a new job running a ‘Weight Wishers’ club. This causes problems for Liam, as he’s not been listening to her when she’s told him about it, and doesn’t want to let her use his work station to hold the meetings. Walls become a recurring theme in this episode as Debra starts to build a pillow wall between her and Liam in bed as he continues to not take her new job seriously.
While Martin and his parents are dealing with walls, both metaphorically and literally, in the background of the episode is the fall of the Berlin Wall being played on televisions around Boyle (and including David Hasselhoff’s glorious anthem ‘Looking for Freedom’). There’s also a nice montage that Martin and Sean dance along to, that shows Martin’s progress with the wall (including a nice Shawshank Redemption nod) and the building of the pillow wall in Liam and Debra’s bed.
Another positive part of this episode is Sean having a much bigger role. He’s a bit more of an protagonist here, encouraging Martin’s wall destruction, while also complaining about Martin’s lack of imagination when creating him (certainly when compared to Martin’s friend Padraig, who imagined a superstar wrestler, played by Johnny Vegas, as his friend), as Sean Murphy is the most common name in Ireland, and he gave Sean the middle name of Caution.
It’s another good episode of Moone Boy, which is finding its feet quickly and being consistently funny whichever member of the Moone family its story is focussing on.