The Bounder: Season 1, Episode 2

Howard at the Majestic (23 Apr. 1982)

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On Mary and Trevor's wedding anniversary Howard plans to give them a night at the Majestic hotel - for free. He starts by gate-crashing a rugby club private party to steal drinks and then ... See full summary »

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On Mary and Trevor's wedding anniversary Howard plans to give them a night at the Majestic hotel - for free. He starts by gate-crashing a rugby club private party to steal drinks and then poses as a high-up from hotel management and a waiter in order to appropriate their food. Unfortunately when he steals the rugby club's salmon and waltzes off to dance with Mary Trevor pays the price with his trousers. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Majestic Mayhem!
17 January 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Eric Chappell said that he gave up writing sitcoms when the men in suits at I.T.V. began asking whenever he submitted new ideas for shows 'how is this relevant to the modern world?' rather than 'is it funny?'.

This second episode of 'The Bounder' is very funny indeed. It is Trevor and Mary's 15th wedding anniversary, and Howard - eager to disguise the fact he has not remembered it - claims to have booked a table for two at The Majestic.

The thing is, he has not, and the trio inadvertently gate-crash a private function, a reunion of old Etonians. Howard tries to bluff his way out of trouble by pretending to be a rugby-playing student called 'Bodger Booth'. He then begins complaining about the quality of the food ( giving him an excuse to taste the stuff ) to the head waiter, Wilson ( Ronnie Stevens ).

He is quickly rumbled however when Wilson calls Head Office, and Trevor and Mary suspect something is wrong when prawn cocktails vanish from their table...

Some very good actors in this - Glyn Owen, Alan Curtis, Ronnie Stevens, and Dennis Ramsden ( 'Reggie Perrin' fans may remember the latter as 'Dr. 'Baldy' Hump' from the first season ), but as ever it is Bowles who shines. He is wonderful throughout.

As Howard's lies spiral out of control, it is poor Trevor who gets debagged by the old Etonians, his trousers flung onto the floor as Howard and Mary dance.

Funniest moment - Howard attempting to make off with a large platter of salmon, only to be unexpectedly called upon to give a speech to the gathering.


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