Good Neighbors: Season 4, Episode 7

Anniversary (22 May 1977)
"The Good Life" Anniversary (original title)

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With their goat not yielding any milk and much of the garden still soaked in oil Tom is in no mood to celebrate his birthday and the second anniversary of quitting his job. To get funds he ... See full summary »

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With their goat not yielding any milk and much of the garden still soaked in oil Tom is in no mood to celebrate his birthday and the second anniversary of quitting his job. To get funds he and Barbara ask Margo to sell their record collection and learn from her that there have been a spate of burglaries in the area. The good news is that with Sir retiring - also to pursue self-sufficiency - Jerry has been promoted and the Goods celebrate at Margo and Jerry's. Returning home they find their house has been broken into and ,though nothing was taken, severely vandalised. Jerry suggests Tom returns to work with him but Tom and Barbara are determined to carry on living the Good Life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Anniversary" 30-plus years hence
17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To my delight, "The Good Life," or "Good Neighbors" as it appears in syndication here in Minnesota, has just had another run on Twin Cities Public Television.

Never have I enjoyed a program with such simplistic beauty. The fact that many episodes contain only the four main characters is a testament to great writing, wonderful acting, and a life so simple and "Good" that it warms the heart with every episode.

I was sad to read in the monthly publication from our Public TV station that the series includes in its cast now "the late Paul Eddington." While all wonderful things and people do come to pass, my heart sank as I read it.

It's been years since we've had a run through the episodes here, and it's been nostalgic and lovely to have seen them again. "Anniversary" aired tonight (Thursday, 17 April 2008, 10:30 p.m.) and tears streamed down my face as it closed out. The plot itself coaxed the tears, although seeing the title, I also felt the sense of melancholy as I knew the series was closing out again.

The final scene is both heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. Particularly Barbara's line regarding their goat, Geraldine, requiring mating again in order to produce sufficient milk, when she explains, "I was just thinking about tomorrow, I guess." What a shining ray of hope and courage in the face of all they've encountered.

On a side note, I have come to appreciate many things about British comedies we get to see here, but in particular, I'm always impressed with the high billing received by the writers. American media is so starved for opportunities to highlight "stars" it scarcely seems to remember that without the words to say, the characters die with the actors.

Bravo, all involved with "The Good Life," you've truly made it so, even now, more than 30 years hence. Thanks so much!


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