The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin: Season 2, Episode 7

Extreme Solution (2 Nov. 1977)

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Desperate to kill off Grot Reggie goes to extreme lengths,such as insulting chat show hosts on whose television shows he appears.He also insults a job applicant who mistakenly believes he ... See full summary »

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Desperate to kill off Grot Reggie goes to extreme lengths,such as insulting chat show hosts on whose television shows he appears.He also insults a job applicant who mistakenly believes he is making a pass at him so he pretends to be gay when visiting the branch manager,only to find that he is gay and is attracted to Reggie. He dresses in drag in public but by now everybody is used to Reggie's eccentric behaviour and see it as the norm.Finally he and Elizabeth go back to the beach and fake a double suicide,only to discover that they have set a trend and scores of people are following suit in order to reinvent themselves. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Reggie's Final Rebellion
31 May 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Having failed to destroy 'Grot', Reggie starts behaving even more eccentrically than usual. Invited onto talk shows - 'Pillock Talk', 'The World Tomorrow Today' and 'Hi Finance' - on three different channels, he makes a spectacle of himself by issuing contradictory statements and insulting the hosts.

He then terrorises new job applicant Mr.Herbert ( David Rowlands ), goes to work making daft noises, tries to make Tony angry by kissing Joan in front of him, and even pretends to be gay. It is no use. People have gotten used to Reggie's strange ways. In desperation, he puts on drag and goes to a pub. That fails too. No-one is shocked by him anymore.

He decides to fake his own death again, only this time taking Elisabeth along...

A superb climax to a superb second season. Reggie has pulled off every middle-aged man's fantasy - achieving success while at the same time showing contempt for the world. It seems a bit odd that anyone would want to walk away from such success, but then that's Reggie for you.

It is difficult to say which of the first two seasons was best - I rate both of them equally highly.

Funniest moment - Reggie's demolition of supercilious talk-show host Colin Pillock ( superbly played by Timothy Carlton, who was also in the Goodies' episode 'The Greenies' ).

Second funniest moment - Reggie pretending to be gay. 'Mr.Lisburn' is played by Keith Smith, a regular on Spike Milligan's 'Q' shows.

No-one knew if 'Fall & Rise' would get a third season, not even Rossiter, who told reporters: "It seems unlikely as the first two were based on novels.". As it turned out, David Nobbs had a new book up his sleeve - 'The Better World Of Reginald Perrin' - and an adaptation was swiftly commissioned.


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