Series 3 Episodes
Warning! If you have not seen the series, these episode guides will contain spoilers.
- 1. "The Early Birds" (originally telecast 09/10/76)
- The Goods are already exhausted from their spring planting chores, so they decide to follow Nature's clock in rising and going to sleep, but it's harder than they thought.
- Additional Cast: None.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Pinky is expected to farrow at any time.
- This is the first time we ever see the Goods' bedroom; it looks very homespun. But a question: if it's so cold in the bedroom, why is Barbara wearing short sleeves?
- 2. "The Happy Event" (originally telecast 09/17/76)
- The Goods and the Ledbetters race against time to save the runt of Pinky's litter. Meanwhile, Barbara tries to solve the Goods' transportation problem by buying a horse.
- Additional Cast: Constable Claude Hillman: George Innes.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: There's a funny scene with the Goods' novel method for planting radish seeds that actually seems rather practical.
- 3. "A Tug of the Forelock" (originally telecast 09/24/76)
- To earn extra money to solve their transportation problem, the Goods hire themselves out as servants to the Leadbetters while their housekeeper and gardener are away.
- Additional Cast: None.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Tom solves the couple's transportation problem by hitching a cart to the rotary cultivator.
- 4. "'I Talk to the Trees'" (originally telecast 10/01/76)
- After a conversation with an elderly gardener, Tom and Barbara experiment with talking to their plants and playing them music in a effort to make them grow better.
- Additional Cast: Mr. Wakely: Noel Howlett. Madame Chairwoman: Joyce Windsor. Mr. Chipchase: Raymond Mason.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: The title is from the song from the musical Paint Your Wagon.
- We see the Goods' allotment for the first time.
- Felicity Kendal sounds as if she had a bad cold while filming this episode.
- While Miss Mountshaft is on holiday in Greece, Margo and some other members of the Music Society stage a "palace coup" and Margo is elected President of the Society.
- Barbara names her bean plant in the experiment "Douglas."
- The record Tom plays for the plants is an old 78 of Peter Dawson singing "The Bandolero," evidently a relic from his childhood.
- 5. "The Wind-Break War" (originally telecast 10/08/76)
- Margo's new wind-break shades the
Goods' all-important soft fruit sale crop, precipitating a quarrel between the neighbors.
- Additional Cast: Mr. Bailey: Timothy Bateson. Wally: Roger Pope. Young Man: Desmond Cullum-Jones.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: The "drunk scene" in this episode
is absolutely hilarious, especially when Margo reveals her secret about her sense of humor: she has none!
- We also find out that Jerry has always "fancied" Barbara.
- Margo has always been stuffy: at her girls' school she was referred to as "Starchy Sturgis."
- 6. "Whose Fleas are These?" (originally telecast 10/15/76)
- After an accident with a stovepipe, the Goods discover fleas on their property; they are afraid an infestation will force them to have to give up their animals.
- Additional Cast: Postman: Ray Dunbobbin. P.V. Balstrode: Michael Robbins.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Tom seems to be doing his odd version of "Fantasy Baseball" in the opening of this episode.
- Mrs. Domes-Patterson, wife of the local head of the conservative element, is first mentioned in this episode.
- I've always been puzzled at the Goods' panic at the flea infestation and their having to call in someone from the District Council; I can only assume their animals have to pass some sort of tests to remain in a surburban neighborhood. Or perhaps it stems from old fears from the Plague?
- 7. "The Last Posh Frock" (originally telecast 10/22/76)
- Feeling dowdy and unfeminine, Barbara is upset when she tears her last dressy frock, so Tom invites her old school friend to dinner to cheer her upand promptly makes a fool of himself over the woman.
- Additional Cast: Passing Man: Ronald Nunnery. Eileen: Liz Robertson.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Margo's always been nasty about Tom's attitude in previous episodes, but in this one you would have to agree with her: Tom's cavalier attitude is quite annoying here.
- The end of this episode is a bit "Gift of the Magi"-ish.
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