Rose goes to Mickey's flat, like he's going to be at all comforting, and the first thing he does is welcome her and then slap her ass and order her to remove her clothing. He does this with a rather charming and laddish air, so it doesn't come off as bad as you might think, but there's a horny basic-hetero level to his interactions with Rose that's a bit oversimplified, considering the complete lack of conflict it's going to generate when Rose gets all Companionate. She tells him to shut up and he offers her coffee. "Only if you wash the mug," she tells him. "And I don't mean rinse, I mean wash." Her fondness and basic uninterest in his bullshit is really refreshing. I love how she's one of those shopgirls that has a fella, you know? "Yeah, that's Mickey. He'll be drunk soon." She asks to use his computer, and he laughs that she'll use any excuse to get in the bedroom, and when she closes the door behind her, he gets a hilarious worried face: "Don't read my emails!" Maybe he responded to one of those penis enlargement spam emails. Or maybe I'm only assuming everybody gets those.
Mickey's room is a disaster, of course. Rose types "Doctor" into the most generic search engine ever, and unsurprisingly, it doesn't immediately produce a Doctor Who website or anything. "Doctor Living Plastic," that's just like Nip/Tuck and the later seasons of ER. She searches "Doctor Blue Box" and hits bingo. If you'd like to know what she sees, I suggest you do the same. At the bottom she sees a link to "contact Clive," and she does so.
Mickey drives Rose to Clive's house in a yellow Bug as Rose explains once again that "Clive" has a wife and kids and telling him not to come in with her. The suckiness of Mickey in this episode is a good reason to leave him in the car, but also: you don't want to talk about mysterious time-traveling phone booths in front of your boyfriend, no matter how sucky he is. That's a good way to end up alone. Mickey demurs, calling Clive possibly "an internet lunatic murderer," but Rose smiles and jumps out of the car anyway. Mickey watches the whole time, and tosses some meanness at a random man on the street.
A little boy answers Clive's door: "Dad! It's one of your nutters!" Clive talks crazy, like Linda in Nighty Night. I thought it was a Welsh accent but I was apparently wrong. (Did you know I taught myself Welsh? That's like the Daily Double trivia question of things about me. Consider it your object lesson in how boring Lubbock, Texas actually is. I pick up and lose languages really quickly, if I don't use them, and dead languages are hard to keep current on so I'm pretty rusty now, but I do remember that the first sentence I put together was "I believe you're in league with the butcher," because that's the always the first sentence you should learn when you learn a new language.) I wish everybody talked like that hot dude on Black Books and then all I would watch is British TV. Clive appears and introduces himself, and Rose immediately tells him that Mickey is in the car in case of a sudden murder. Clive smiles and waves, and his wife calls down from upstairs, "Oh it's something to do with the Doctor! She's been reading the website." Overjoyed, Clive drags Rose back to the shed, as wife Caroline comes down the stairs chuckling that it's finally a "she" dorking out about the Doctor. Yeah, that's funny and all, but I wonder how funny Caroline would find this if she'd gotten a gander at Rose first. She chuckles ironically and shuts the door, as Mickey watches from the street, still suspicious.