Pet shop owner Graeme sells Tim a 'Barbara Woodhouse' dog training kit, which turns him into a facsimile of the eccentric lady herself. But when Tim calls out "Walkies!" in the park, his dog ignores him. However, passers-by respond to the command.
Tim and Graeme begin a new business - to sell people who act just like animals. One of these is Bill, dressed as a cocker spaniel. As a result of the success of their business venture, real pets are no longer in demand, so Graeme sets up a new kind of restaurant - 'The Rumbling Tum'
whose menu consists of dogs and cats.
But the 'animals' come to resent being treated badly, and turn on Graeme. Bill becomes a canine 'Spartacus'...
The final episode of the disappointing London Weekend series is a cracking return to form for the lads from Cricklewood, even if the basic idea seems similar to one they did two years earlier at the B.B.C. - the superb 'Animals'. There's an oddly touching moment as Bill, in his dog guise, reminds his master ( Tim ) that he loved him once. The climax in which the 'animals' chase Graeme is reminiscent of the finale of H.G. Wells' 'The Island Of Dr.Moreau'.
Funniest moment - in the restaurant, Graeme offers Tim a Twiglet. As Tim takes a bite, Graeme tells him it is in fact a stick insect!
For the Goodies, this was indeed the end of the road. Disappointing ratings ensured they did not get another season ( perhaps a later time slot would have helped ). 'Animals' appears to suggest that they had overcome the teething troubles caused by the change-over, and were ready to roll again. I do not accept the oft-repeated charge that their humour became outdated. 'The Two Ronnies' ran until 1987, 'The Morecambe & Wise Show' until 1984 ( only ending because of Eric's death ) and Alf Garnett was successfully resurrected in 1985.
There were plenty of juicy comic targets for the lads to aim at in the '80's - Ronald Reagan, Heavy Metal, the New Romantics, 'Dallas', 'The A-Team', and films such as 'Rambo' ( one can easily visualise a 'Goodies' version of 'Rambo' - it would probably have been called 'Timbo' ). But they were not given the chance to lampoon the decade. That job went to a new show called 'Spitting Image'...
In 1984, L.W.T. repeated 'The Goodies' on Sunday afternoons, and the B.B.C. rather graciously included 'Kitten Kong' as part of a retrospective in 1986.
More recently, 'Beanstalk' was part of a 2004 Boxing Day comedy retrospective on 'Five', the lads reunited for 'The Return Of The Goodies' one-off on B.B.C.-2 a year later, followed soon afterwards by a timely reshowing of 'Winter Olympics'. That appears to be it, folks.
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