The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin: Season 1, Episode 4

The Bizarre Dinner Party (29 Sep. 1976)

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Still at her mother's house,Elizabeth rings Reggie to remind him that she had planned a dinner party but Reggie does not cancel it.Instead he asks C.J. and his wife,young colleague David,... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Pauline Yates ...
Terence Conoley ...
Sue Nicholls ...
John Barron ...
Tim Barrett ...
Mr. Campbell-Lewiston
Trevor Adams ...
Bruce Bould ...
Virginia Balfour ...
Davina Letts-Wilkinson
Dorothy Frere ...
Mrs. C.J.
Tony Sympson ...
Uncle Percy Spillinger
John Horsley ...


Still at her mother's house,Elizabeth rings Reggie to remind him that she had planned a dinner party but Reggie does not cancel it.Instead he asks C.J. and his wife,young colleague David,who toadies to C.J.,the well-endowed Davina from the custards department and his rude uncle Percy,who makes sexist comments about Davina. Then he tells them that there is no food as he has made a donation to Oxfam instead. Next morning he finds a hung over David has stayed the night and can remember nothing of the evening before,not even when his trousers fell down,exposing his Beethoven underpants. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Sit down, you little twit!"
13 May 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Elisabeth is still at her mother's, and Reggie misses her. She reminds him to cancel the planned dinner party, but he thinks it would be fun to let it go ahead. He has invited people whom he knows detest each other on sight - C.J. and his wife Mrs.C.J. ( Dorothy Frere ), David Harris-Jones, the well-endowed Davina Letts-Wilkinson ( Virginia Balfour ) from 'Custards' ( with her custards ), and Reggie's randy old goat of an uncle - Percy Spillinger ( Tony Sympson ). Reggie has another surprise in store for his guests - no food...

For some reason this is not one of the more well-remembered episodes of the series. I think the dinner party with no food idea worked a bit better in print; for one thing, Uncle Percy Spillinger was a lot ruder and cruder than he was here. And he got off with Davina! The fuss over Harris-Jones' Beethoven underpants is not especially amusing, but the episode is redeemed by Reggie's insulting interview with Mr.Campbell-Lewiston ( Tim Barrett ). After recognising him as an old school friend - who bit him in the changing room - Reggie lets the abuse fly.

Funniest moment - Reggie ( to Campbell-Lewiston ): "Breaking wind much these days, are you? We used to say you had more of a chance of hitting the target if you ate a tin of curried beans and stood with your back to it!".

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