Oscar Lomax is a character in the UK TV series, Psychoville. He is a blind millionaire who sacrificed his eyesight to complete his collection with the piece, Snappy the crocodile. He ‘loses’ Snappy, so that he can once again enjoy the thrill of the chase. The chase is his true obssession.
Backstory – spoiler alert
Lomax spends his time collecting plush toys which he calls “commodities” and his “Holy of Holies”, keeping them in a locked room. Lomax only needs one more item to complete his collection, Snappy the Crocodile. He once discovered it online, but two more people, the Crabtree sisters (conjoined twins from Braintree, Essex) bought it before him.
Lomax bought Snappy from the sisters in exchange for his vision.
Lomax lets Snappy be stolen so he could once more feel the “thrill of the chase”.
His carer, Michael, helps Lomax make an offer on Snappy when it appears online, which results in a bidding war with the Crabtrees. The people selling Snappy withdraw the sale after seeing the demand for the toy. They tell Lomax he won the auction but then reveal that they don’t know where Snappy is. Lomax tries to coax the information out of their son, but with no luck.
Michael, meanwhile, bribes the son and escapes with the Crabtree sisters, along with the phone number of a third bidder who the son sent Snappy to. The bidder is the mysterious blackmailer. Michael cons the Crabtree sisters out of their money and arranges to meet the blackmailer at Ravenhill. There, Snappy has been left in a room. As Michael enters to collect Snappy, the door slams behind him and Joy locks it from the outside. Michael phones Lomax and begs to be rescued.
Lomax arrives with his new helper and they free Michael. Michael gives the toy crocodile to Lomax. The two walk out to a nearby cliff, where Lomax throws it over the edge. He confesses that he suffers from Paradise Syndrome. Only by yearning and searching for something can he be truly happy, thus he’ll keep searching for Snappy.