24 September 1978
Father Neil, the young new curate, arrives at the Parish of St. Jude, and crusty old Father Duddleswell wants to know what kind of man he's been sent. For Father Neil's baptism of fire - his very first confessionals.
1 October 1978
Billy Buzzle, whose property abuts St. Jude's, has pigeons that roost in the church tower and keep Father Duddleswell from his afternoon nap. The father has a solution. Get a bell for the tower to ring at dawn, noon ad dusk. Now it's Billy who can't sleep, and a noisy neighbor war begins.
8 October 1978
Father Duddleswell sets himself the lofty goal of raising 600 pounds in this year's parish bazaar - over twice what they barely pulled in the previous year. Despite the many doubters around him, Father D moves doggedly forward while insisting all should have faith, but is his faith blind?
15 October 1978
The absence of true faith always leads to superstition. That's Father Duddleswell's stand which he must now back by challenging the local legend of the doomsday chair - a cushioned seat, situated in a local pub, that reputedly brings death within a week to whomever sits on it.
22 October 1978
A dour portrait of the saintly french nun who founded the orphanage near St. Jude is damaged, revealing a rare and valuable work beneath it. If taken to auction, to whom should the money go, or should the only known image of the orphanage's foundress be preserved instead? Father Duddleswell must reluctantly meet with the imposing and humorless Mother Stephen about it.
29 October 1978
The town of Fairwater will get its first Catholic mayor and Father Duddleswell asks him to remain open about his faith. There's a price. The mayor-elect needs to show that he's not in the priests' pocket, so he asks Fathers Duddleswell and Boyd to agree to play doubles against the Anglicans in a clergy tennis match. Father D agrees superficially but then schemes to prove he can win without ever touching the ball.
5 November 1978
"Faith comes from hearing" says the good book, but St. Jude's needs some sound help: it's confessional walls are cardboard thin and it's pulpit speaker system hums loudly. While Father Duddleswell okays these improvements, Mrs. Pring's treatment of Father Neil's earwax buildup leaves the curate with temporary hearing problems, but the real disaster descends when Father D forgets to shut off his new cordless mic while in the otherwise soundproofed new confessional.
Season 1, Episode 17: WomenJuly 1981
A few days without Mrs. Pring show Father Duddleswell that he needs at least one woman in his life.
11 November 1979
Father D is not pleased to announce that lately there've been less births among the parishioners than he'd like. However, there IS a singular miracle - one woman in the blessed way - which soon has Father D butting heads with Mother Stephen in claiming divine credit for it.
18 November 1979
Father D appoints Father Neil the official Catholic chaplain to the hospital to keep him active. Father Neil soon finds himself drawn into case where an elderly African man believes himself cursed and needs "the white witch doctor" to cure him.
Season 2, Episode 3: Fatal Lady25 November 1979
Special attentions from a rich middle-aged female parishioner is getting young Father Neil a little hot under his collar.
9 December 1979
Father Neil has appendicitis. While recovering in hospital, Father Duddleswell fears his head may be turned from the priesthood by the administrations of a pretty nurse.
Season 2, Episode 5: All at Sea16 December 1979
A seaman lies dead and Father Duddleswell vies with the Anglicans for his body and soul. Unforeseen is that the man's will stipulates a burial at sea.
23 December 1979
As Christmas nears, Father Duddleswell enters into his annual period of being on his best and most charitable behavior. It's a grand opportunity for others like Father Neil and Mrs. Pring to test the limits of his temporarily sweet disposition.
6 January 1980
Lately inundated in weddings, Father Duddleswell loses track of one. It necessitates a reception that comes before the nuptials while the embarrassed Fathers - both away at the movies - race to make it back to the church on time. Though cleaver Father D adopts a white lie to make the event a happy one for all, a further oversight creates a greater problem a lie can't cover.
5 July 1981
Molly Downes, wife of P.C. Johnny Downes (Neil's closest friend), has Father Neil come round for a series of private talks. She fears her husband is fooling around and seeks advice, but it's Father Neil's visits to Molly that set tongues wagging against the curate's clandestine behavior.
Season 3, Episode 2: Women12 July 1981
It's Mrs. Pring's birthday and family news takes her away for a few days, leaving Fathers Neil and Duddleswell to tend to their own cooking, cleaning and washing. To further Father D's growing appreciation of all that Mrs. Pring does for them, Father Neil plants the idea that Mrs. Pring may soon be gone for more than just a little while. Meanwhile, while Mother Stephen wants Father D to plant her mother foundress's tibia in the church, Father Neil grows weary of giving Catholic instruction to Mrs. Rollings.
19 July 1981
Hoping to curb the decay in family values, Father Neil initiates family group counseling sessions which produce quite the opposite of the intended effect of bringing and keeping couples together.
26 July 1981
St. Jude goes through Hell week, so to speak. Father D's sermon on the fires of eternal damnation has everyone abuzz about it, from Father Boyd's private instructions to Mrs. Rollings to his newly appointed lessons for ten-year-olds, to the family of an angry patriarch as he nears death, and to an interfaith conference between the Fathers and the Anglicans, with Mother Stephen and Billy Buzzle attending.
2 August 1981
New Year's Day finds Father Duddleswell more irascible than ever thanks to neighbor Billy Buzzle's all night party next door. Now the old priest's lumbago is ailing him terribly, but the topper comes with the sudden visit of Father Abe, the wild old priest to whom Father D was once a curate - an inveterate smoker, drinker and gambler who feels his arrival comes just in time to help ailing Father D run his parish.
9 August 1981
With a new stench about the church, the livin' ain't easy. Neighbor Billy Buzzle's built a sty next door for Porgy and Bess, his two newly acquired pigs. When Father D takes action against Porgy's roving and destructive habits, Billy takes Father Duddleswell to court.
16 August 1981
Father Duddleswell and Mother Stephen are equally distressed about Christine Hammond, who grew up in their orphanage and now wants to marry a Jewish boy.
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