Dad's Army: Season 4, Episode 9

Mum's Army (20 Nov. 1970)

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After Mainwaring announces that women are to join the Home Guard several lady friends of the platoon come forward,as does Fiona Gray,an elegant,quietly-spoken widow who has brought her ... See full summary »

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After Mainwaring announces that women are to join the Home Guard several lady friends of the platoon come forward,as does Fiona Gray,an elegant,quietly-spoken widow who has brought her mother down from London to escape the bombs. Mainwaring is very taken by her and contrives to have morning coffee in a local tea-shop she regularly uses,where they are interrupted by various platoon members.They are seen out a lot together and Wilson tries in vain to tell Mainwaring that he is the subject of gossip. Fiona realizes this and so decides to return to London without telling Mainwaring,who arrives at the station in time to say goodbye to her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Apparently the Only Dad's Army Episode To Not End with Applause
15 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Whatever exists of Dad's Army (it seems that like Doctor Who, Up Pompeii and other British shows, episodes of Dad's Army have been erased as well) would make their way to America.

Even then, we probably only got a smattering of episodes available. Maybe, maybe not.

But the last time Dad's Army aired here in the states, I was surprised to see one rather outstanding episode entitled "Mum's Army".

In this episode, the homeguard sought to recruit women, so each man brought in a female equivalent; Arthur had Mavis Pike, Wilson had Mrs. Fox, Walker had the scene-stealing Wendy Richard and John Laurie would give a hilarious description about his young female companion bringing her thighs together with a firm grip "I didn't notice that girl having exceptionally firm thighs," Mainwaring whispers to Arthur, hilarious at the thought of the Mainwaring checking out the girls legs like that.

Typical results, until one pleasant widow named Mrs. Grey enters.

Plain, unassuming, but devoted to England and stopping the Axis powers, how can Mainwaring not be smitten with her? And a gradual infatuation it is, completely innocent, but the thread of scandal is stronger than any platonic friendship.

When gossip threatens Mainwaring's reputation, Mrs. Grey takes it upon herself to return to London and face the consequences there.

Mainwaring, the old codger that everyone else foils and fumbles at every turn, now acts impetuous and pleads with Mrs. Grey to not return to London, but she refuses.

I read elsewhere this was the only episode to not end with audience applause.

We simply see Mainwaring watching the train leave, then it gives way to the credits and the marching men and we hear the theme.

When I recorded this episode and copied it elsewhere, I further enhanced the ending by removing the sound, so that after Mrs. Grey's final good-bye, all is silent.

Carmen Silvera, whom I just realized was the same woman in Allo, Allo, was clearly wasted in the second show, trying to concoct some Mrs. Slocombe character from Are You Being Served on Allo, Allo.

Had she been allowed to portray a deeper character like Mrs. Grey on Allo, Allo, she would have definitely helped that hammy program.

As it is, the dark scenery of the train station as Mainwaring confronts Mrs. Grey is wonderful to watch, but then so was this entire series.


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