Series 4 Episodes
Warning! If you have not seen the series, these episode guides will contain spoilers.
- 1. "Away From It All" (originally telecast 04/10/77)
- After a poor harvest due to lack of rain, the frustrated Goods are persuaded to take a weekend off at a friends' condo, leaving the Ledbetters to watch the crops and the animals.
- Additional Cast: None.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Much fun watching the Goods act like anxious parents as they leave their animals for the first time.
- The Goods are exposed to Kojak for the first time.
- 2. "The Green Door" (originally telecast 04/17/77)
- When the Goods solicit manure from the Pony Club, they find out Margo hasn't shown up for her twice weekly hack for weeksand they suspect she is having an affair.
- Additional Cast: Mrs. Holman: Jane Hilary. Blonde Woman: Toria Fuller.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: This is the first episode where we find out Jerry is jostling to take Sir's place.
- 3. "Our Speaker Today" (originally telecast 04/24/77)
- Barbara becomes so popular as a
speaker for the self-sufficent lifestyle that it leaves her no time to practice it.
- Additional Cast: Lady Georgette "George" Truskett: Angela Thorne. Inmate: Robert Lindsay. Conductor: Colin McCormack. Remand Home Supervisor: Con Chambers.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Check out Margo's apologyit's a classic.
- Tom builds a new chicken coop in this episode, evidently replacing the old greenhouse.
- In another classic Good Life scene, Tom chases Lenin the cockerel, who goes "walkabout."
- Angela Thorne later co-starred with Penelope Keith in To the Manor Born.
- 4. "The Weaver's Tale" (originally telecast 05/01/77)
- Tom, wishing to start weaving the
Goods' clothing, buys a loom, counting on Margo's acquisition of a spinning wheel to provide them with threadbut Jerry finally puts his foot down about her spending, at Barbara's instigation.
- Additional Cast: Ernie: Milton Johns.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: The Goods' soft fruit gambit evidently "bore fruit," as Tom sells them at a nice profit.
- The Goods acquire their loom in this episode; it figures in the next story.
- 5. "Suit Yourself" (originally telecast 05/08/77)
- The Goods, working with their new loom and a makeshift spindle, have started producing their own cloth. Meanwhile, Jerry and Margo are invited to a dinner that may spell Jerry's rise to managing director.
- Additional Cast: Sir: Reginald Marsh. Snetterton: Philip Madoc. Donald Dolby: Terence Conoley. Mrs. Dolby: Patricia Driscoll.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: We find out Margo plays golf in this episode, in which Tom is discovered foraging nettles on the perimeter of the golf course (they make dye with the nettles).
- Yet another classic scene: Tom and Barbara "teasing the fleece."
- Sir once again calls Tom and Barbara "Tim" (or is it "Ted"?) and "Fatima."
- 6. "Sweet and Sour Charity" (originally telecast 05/15/77)
- Margo is against the Music Society's production of Sweet Charity because of the heroine's lifestyle; meanwhile Tom has an idea to earn money by selling the oil in Mrs Weaver's heating tank.
- Additional Cast: None.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Mrs. Weaver has moved from "the avenue" to Ischa.
- 7. "Anniversary" (originally telecast 05/22/77)
- Faced with a partially ruined back garden from Mrs. Weaver's leaking oil tank, the goat going dry, and mice in the supplies, the Goods still celebrate their self-sufficency. Meanwhile, Jerry is appointed managing director of JJM.
- Additional Cast: Sir: Reginald Marsh.
- Landmarks/Notes/Observances: Having struggled with the Goods for 28 episodes watching them survive and finally triumph, the vandalization of their home is a particularly hard blow to the audience as well as the characters. You indeed want to cry when you see what's been done to the living room.
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