It’s election time in Ireland and Martin’s mum Debra is part of a group of local women who are campaigning in favour of Mary Robinson, the only female candidate. They are trying to raise money for their campaign, as they only have one poster (which is moved every night), while the male favourite to win has them all over town. Liam has been given the contract to print those posters, and although Debra tries to persuade him to give them a deal for Mary posters, she still needs to raise the money.
In desperation, they turn to Francie ‘Touchie’ Feeley (Steve Coogan), a local and successful, fishmonger, given that nickname because, well, he likes to touch people. It’s not that he only does it to women that creates problems (because he’s the same with men), it’s just that being a fishmonger, he usually smells like fish when he does it. But he’s surprisingly keen to contribute to the cause, pledging £1000. Later however, he wants Debra and a friend to ‘return the favour’, asking them to do some ‘cleaning’ for him.
While Debra is campaigning, Martin is having his own adventure. Dismayed at the lack of culinary expertise in the Moone house with his mum out campaigning, he befriends Trevor, a new boy at school (previously seen in episode 1 when Martin persuades the Bonner brothers to bully him instead) whose mother does nothing but create wonderfully tasty treats for Trevor at school and at home. He starts going to Trevor’s house for food every night, despite feeling that what he’s doing isn’t right, but Sean convinces him that he’s just being a good friend.
Martin isn’t being entirely selfish about it, as he at least brings drinks with him, giving Trevor’s mum the option of Ribena or Robinson’s Lemon Barley water to accompany the meals, but it’s not long before Trevor’s family grow weary of Martin’s overbearing presence.
Episode 2 again has multiple story-lines that are well written and funny, but there is a slight problem with the amount of screen time O’Dowd’s Sean is getting. Although the show can be funny without Sean on screen, his presence has been billed as a major part of the series, and he hasn’t really been that involved in any of the stories in either episode so far. David Rawle is very engaging as Martin and it does feel like the show doesn’t really need Sean in it to be funny.
It might come later in the series, but I’d like to see an episode where Sean’s advice turns out badly for Martin, resulting in some kind of fall out that makes the episode all about their relationship, instead of the Moone family. But while that could become a problem, Moone Boy is off to a good start.