Gervaise Gascoigne, the pompous, rude and very wealthy father of James, arrives as a patient at the hospital and manages to irritate everybody, including his son, whom he refers to as ... See full summary »

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Gervaise Gascoigne, the pompous, rude and very wealthy father of James, arrives as a patient at the hospital and manages to irritate everybody, including his son, whom he refers to as Florence Nightingale. Dick tries to fleece him in a gambling scam but Gervaise is too canny to be had and turns the tables on him. Even Sir Geoffrey is not immune from old Gascoigne's withering comments as Alicia, Gervaise's wife, once had a fling with him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 February 1977 (UK)  »

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Like Father, Like Son!
31 October 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Gascoigne's fabulously wealthy - not to mention insufferably rude and pompous - father is at St.Swithins, being treated for a head injury. He manages to make everyone around him miserable, including Loftus, with whom his wife had once had an affair.

He refers to James somewhat disparagingly as 'Florence'. Stuart-Clark tries fleecing the old man with a gambling scam, but he does not fall for it. Whenever Mr.Gascoigne upsets anyone, he insists its 'for your own good'.

A brief return to writing duties for Graham Chapman, working in collaboration with the then-unknown Douglas Adams. Don't expect any Hitch-Hiker-style humour here, however; its an enjoyable if standard episode, based on the old 'problematic patient' cliché, used countless times in the series before. Derek Francis is delightful as the bombastic Gervaise Gascoigne.

Funniest moment - the look on Dick's face as the old devil turns the tables on his betting scam!


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