The blundering Reggie Grace is feeling ill again so Waring decides to use a new computer to find out what his prognosis is and it turns out that he has typhoid. The hospital is sealed off ... See full summary »

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The blundering Reggie Grace is feeling ill again so Waring decides to use a new computer to find out what his prognosis is and it turns out that he has typhoid. The hospital is sealed off and features on the evening news as a state of emergency is called. Ultimately a second opinion shows that Reggie has gastroentiritis and not typhoid after all. The machine was faulty - especially when it shows up that Lawrence Bingham is pregnant. Written by don @ minifie-1

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6 October 1973 (UK)  »

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Typhoid!
25 July 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Dick and Paul are suffering from dreadful hangovers, so Duncan makes their lives hell by deliberately dropping bedpans and the like.

With Bingham off sick, Duncan agrees to take his students round the ward. Among them is the cack-handed Reggie Grace ( Tony Robinson ), last seen in the previous year's 'Amazing Grace'. The bespectacled blunderer is behaving unusually oddly ( even by his standards ); whenever Duncan mentions a symptom Grace suddenly exhibits it. Soon he is staggering round the ward, knocking over students, fighting the urge to vomit, urinate etc.

When Grace's symptoms are fed into a computer, it diagnoses his condition as typhoid. Duncan immediately orders that the hospital be sealed, and a mass sterilisation programme gets underway...

One of the weaker episodes of this season, bearing a striking plot similarity to the previous year's ( much better ) 'The Long, Long Night'. Phil Redmond's script is only made funny by the performances of the cast, rather than any major effort on his part. Grace's exhibition of typhoid symptoms would have been inspired had not Jerry Lewis not done something similar in 1964's 'The Disorderly Orderly'. Still, its nice to have Robinson back, and a pity he made no further appearances after this.

Future 'Are You Being Served?' cast member Nicholas ( 'Mr.Rumbold' )Smith appears as panicking patient 'Mr.Neave'.

Funniest moment - a news reporter ( Tim Brinton ) interviews Dick on camera. "Emergency supplies are being delivered!", he tells worried 'News At Ten' viewers. We then see Dick taking stock of two crates of whisky!


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