Good Neighbors: Season 2, Episode 4

The Day Peace Broke Out (2 Jan. 1976)
"The Good Life" The Day Peace Broke Out (original title)

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A series of thefts of the Good's leek crop leads to Tom taking drastic measures to stop his livelihood being destroyed. His actions lead to a series of events that leave Tom in a very difficult situation.




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A series of thefts of the Good's leek crop leads to Tom taking drastic measures to stop his livelihood being destroyed. His actions lead to a series of events that leave Tom in a very difficult situation.

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2 January 1976 (UK)  »

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The judge mentions that Tom shot the leek thief (Harry) in the left buttocks, but when Harry says that the pellet did hurt, he starts to reach down for his right buttock. See more »


[first lines]
Barbara Good: Tom! Lunch is ready.
Tom Good: Coming!
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Do Re Mi
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Penelope Keith
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A Good man goes to war!
25 May 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

From Season 2 of the hit Esmonde/Larbey sitcom.

Noticing that a number of leeks have gone missing from his front garden, Tom ( Richard Briers ) decides to take the law into his own hands, and lays in wait for the thief one night with a pellet gun. When the leek-laden man runs off, Tom shoots him in the left buttock. That appears to be the end of the matter. But no, because the wounded thief ( Brian Grellis ) cheekily charges him with common assault. The local Magistrate ( James Cossins ) lets the thief off lightly, but Tom is bound over to keep the peace for three months. After telling the Beak he would do the same thing all over again if he had the chance, Tom is sent to jail...

A good episode. For as long as I can remember, politicians of all parties have grumbled about 'the rising time of crime and lawlessness', promising to stem it if elected, and then done nothing about it once in power. Tom is the victim of a crime, yet he is the one who winds up behind bars. In a nice closing scene, the thief turns up at the Good house to explain his motives for stealing, and Tom gets to like him so much he offers to give him the leeks!

Funniest moment - not realising that Tom has offered to give the thief the vegetables, Barbara sets Geraldine the goat on him!

Second funniest moment - Margo's windy rant about how the country has gone to the dogs since the fall of the last Tory government which, amazingly, the studio audience fails to laugh at!

I want to end this review with a quick mention of those recently deceased disco icons - Robin Gibb and Donna Summer. Thanks to them for helping to make the 70's so exciting!

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