The Goodies: Season 2, Episode 13

The Baddies (14 Jan. 1972)

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The boys are a shoe-in for their "Nicest Person of the Year" contest, that is until a mad scientist sets up a plot against them to win.

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Episode cast overview:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
Himself / Robot Bill Oddie
Dr. Petal
John Junkin ...
Police Sergeant
Peter Reeves
Felix Bowness
May Warden
Lola Morice


For some reason, the Goodies are being hated by the public rather than being loved, which is what they need to win the "Nicest Person in the World" competition. But when they ask the local police sergeant, they are told that they are in fact 'Baddies'. But at the same time as being in the police station, the Goodies are simultaneously committing offenses all over England. When the Police Sergeant accuses them, they point out that it couldn't be them as they were with him. The Police Sergeant agrees eventually. However, all the other nice people in the "Nicest Person in the World" competition are also being involved in offenses. Many other nice people are also simultaneously committing similar offenses, and all of the people involved are contestants in the "Nicest Person in the World" competition. The Goodies investigate and find that a mysterious Dr. Petal is behind the occurrences. Dr Petal then imprisons them in an alligator-sulfuric-acid-based death trap. The Goodies however, ... Written by Joe-14

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"Look! I'm dreadfully confused!"
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Contestants for 'The Nicest Person In The World' award are being systematically nobbled. The Goodies find this out the hard way when they get chased by an angry mob out to steal their trandem. Taking refuge in a police station, they cannot believe it when the desk sergeant starts blowing raspberries and issuing schoolboy insults. On the wall is a 'wanted' poster featuring the Goodies. But who is discrediting them?

The last episode of Season 2 was also the last to be produced by John Howard Davies; with its over-the-top arch-villain out to make a name for himself by building robot doubles of his rivals, it feels like an episode of 'The Avengers'. Our heroes even find themselves in two 'inescapable doom-traps'! The gag about Julie Andrews going topless proved astonishingly prescient; nine years, she did 'S.O.B.' for her husband, Blake Edwards.

The late Patrick Troughton gleefully hams it up as 'Dr.Wolfgang Adolphus Ratphink Von Petal', complete with maniacal cackle, pet vulture and dressed in a Richard The Third costume. John Junkin had worked with Tim Brooke-Taylor in 'Its Marty!'. Peter Reeves supported 'Tommy Cooper' in his 1969 L.W.T. series. Felix Bowness, seen here as a bookie, was a decade away from his role as jockey 'Fred Quilly' in 'Hi-de-Hi!'.

Funniest moment - the Goodies battling their robot doubles. Must have a swine to film, but it was worth the effort!

On 24/9/72, B.B.C.-2 put out 'A Collection Of Goodies', a compilation of material specially recorded for 'Engelbert With The Young Generation'. Tim and Graeme are playing 'Strip Scrabble' while Tim fills out a Tax Evasion form. In flashback we see the Goodies working out in the gym, playing football with a plum pudding, 'Pan's Grannies' ( a very funny send-up of 'Pan's People' ), converting a car wash into a Baby Wash, and becoming street entertainers. It helped relieve the long wait between Seasons 2 and 3.

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