Donegal viewers waited in anticipated to see the Derry Girls crew make it over the border last night, and while they never did reach the seaside at Portnoo, their eventful journey was a hoot.
The fifth episode of Derry Girls was another cracker (just like the Orange Order, according to Orla). It was the 12th of July and the Catholic crew were the last Fenians standing in Derry as the marching kicked off. So, they packed up for a caravan holiday in Donegal, but as usual, events took a hilarious turn.
From the wee Ra man to the delightful waitress Nicola, here are our favourite moments from last night:
Everyone was talking about the brilliant Derry Girls 90s soundtrack last week, but not so much this time around as The Twelfth tunes rattled the windows, and they weren’t just practising:
"They've been playing the same 3 songs since 1795. What do they need to rehearse for?" #DerryGirls on the Orange Order. Brilliant!
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) February 1, 2018
With Clare, Michelle and the wee English fella in tow, they packed their tents and made for Donegal. The first of a series of disasters struck when they got caught in the middle of a parade. Eager Michelle enjoyed the sights though:
“You can’t marry an orange man Michelle?”
“Pity cos I think there’s something pure sexy about the fact they hate us so much”😂😂😂#DerryGirls
— Johnfitzpatrick🇮🇪 (@johnfitzp1967) February 1, 2018
Disaster number two was Mary forgetting her ‘punt purse’. Donegal mammies are known to operate dual money systems for shopping over the border, so Mary’s pain was a relatable experience. Praying to St. Anthony was the only sensible course of action.
I can't find my purse.
There your purse right there.
No thats my sterling purse.
I can't find my punt purse.
We are puntless. #DerryGirls
— Derry Girls (Fan Account) (@Derry_Girls) February 1, 2018
St. Anthony acted fast and reminded Mary the punt purse was in the boot. A wee surprise was in the boot too, in the form of ‘a wee RA man’ Emmett. As pleasant as he was, he put Erin on edge.
— Terence Keeley (@tegs86) February 2, 2018
Sshh can you hear that? He has a bomb!!! There’s a bomb!!
Agh Erin that’s just the big clock!! 😂☘️💚 #DerryGirls
— Sarah_Lou91..❤ (@sarahmc1630) February 1, 2018
Emmett’s priority to get across the border threw a spanner in the holiday plans. The clan needed to make a pit stop to think about their options, which is where we met Nicola.
Gerry (Tommy Tiernan), who is in a constant battle of masculinity with Granda Joe, vented all his pent-up anger at waitress Nicola’s shoddy service.
When she burst into tears, Granda Joe had another fantastically withering snap at his son-in-law.
— Sally-Anne Tarpy (@SallyTarpy73) February 1, 2018
Sharp-eyed viewers recognised that much of last night’s events took place Peggy’s Diner in Toome. They were on the road to Donegal, and then suddenly in Antrim, which prompted many to wonder what caused the detour.
On my way to Portnoo, Donegal… via Toome 😂 #derrygirls
— Tyler Collins (@tylerc0llins) February 1, 2018
Peggy’s diner ,Toome a slight detour en route to portnoo but their tae is great #DerryGirls
— Niall Shivers (@flakeman7) February 1, 2018
In the end, it was a bit of a disappointment for local viewers to miss out on seeing the Derry Girls in Donegal. However, we could be seeing one wee man about town, who was last seen in the boot of a DL-reg car!
— Donegal Woman (@dglwoman) February 1, 2018
Actor Terence Keeley said he had the best craic filming Derry Girls as Emmett. You just have to love his BTS point of view: