'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 5'
The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is James McAvoy, who before he became a fan favorite as Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class was in that great political thriller State of Play. Jeremy takes him to task for owning a Nissan Micra (at least it wasn't a pink one) and playing a car thief in the UK version of Shameless - the role Justin Chatwin has in the Showtime edition - without having his driver's license. Apparently it was his X-Men co-star Michael Fassbender's idea for him to appear on Top Gear. And apparently they crashed a golf cart once. McAvoy does his lap in 1:43.6, putting him below Fassbender, but he's just happy he didn't flip the car.
Back to the elderly-friendly (they think) vehicle. It's time for the road test, so the audience gets its first look at the beige monstrosity, complete with a bewildered-looking cat in the carrier. Jeremy and Richard fancy a bit of bingo, so they program their new less complicated sat-nav (with only four options) to take them there. Unfortunately, Jeremy's bit of speeding en route causes the cat to fly off the roof, which draws the attention of the cops. Our hosts then discover that they're horrible bingo players, but at least they can find their car, after deploying a flare and a balloon.
Richard and James decide to see what their target demographic thinks of their creation, so they visit a senior living home and recruit a trio of elderly ladies for a drive. Everything seems to be going decently until Richard's external airbag deploys while Jeremy is parking and startles everyone. The Hamster then demonstrates his shopping-trolley hitch, which really doesn't work. And after that, the roof leaks.
The next morning, the Rover is put to one last test, which involves driving the wrong way on the motorway until Jeremy's warning system activates - after flashing lights and sirens, the vehicle self-destructs. "I've wet myself again!" Richard exclaims. Clearly, it's back to the drawing board. Or maybe next time, just let James do it.