Last night at approximately 9:04pm, Irish Twitter collectively lost their minds as Michael Fry graced the Derry Girls screen, declaring himself to be the trolly dolly, manager and driver of the Derry to Portrush train.
The cameos for the final instalment of Derry Girls are coming in hard and fast, and if Nadine Coyle doesn't make an appearance by the final episode, I'll eat my hat.
— Michael Fry (@BigDirtyFry) April 26, 2022
We're now halfway through the third and final season of Derry Girls - a thought I don't want to dwell on too much for fear of welling up in the office - and the latest episode saw the entire Quinn/McCool risk travelling to largely protestant and unionist populated Portrush, all in the name of a go on the Big Dipper.
derry girls is coming i can feel it in my brittle Irish bones
— 🐝JENAISSANCE🍋 (@jenmaurrr) April 27, 2022
While Erin, Michelle, Orla and James battled it out with Fra (played to perfection by online comic extraordinaire Michael Fry) over display-only KitKats, Clare was left to her own devices with Sister Michael and a sexually unsatisfied train attendant (brought to life by Ireland's answer to Alexis Rose, Amy Huberman).
Great to see the #DerryGirls & family catch the train to Portrush in tonight's episode 👍 Though the funniest line was when Clare missed the train & asked when the next one was - to be told 20mins ! We can only dream of that type of frequency for rail from Derry in real life 😄 pic.twitter.com/lDgIXXi2AC
— Into The West (@RailDerry) April 26, 2022
While Clare waited the gruelling 20 minutes for the next train, those on board had their own battles to fight - a misplaced schoolbag full of cash, firearms and a wee face-hat, and an over-familiar stranger that no one could remember. Granda Joe, who revealed he'd just recently caught dementia, was excused from trying to remember exactly who the friendly blonde with the cheekbones you could slice your hand off was.
— all panic! no disco (@daniellelongx) April 26, 2022
This episode, in classic Derry Girls fashion, gave us everything - an iconic rushing-for-a-train scene accompanied by Riverdance (obviously), an ill-fated game of Guess Who and best of all, James strutting down the train in platform glittery boots. A joy for all the senses.
Until next week.
@LisaMMcGee should be legally compelled to make more Derry Girls, like when people who live near new airport runways are forced to sell their homes.
— The author, Séamas O'Reilly (@shockproofbeats) April 26, 2022
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