The Goodies: Season 2, Episode 10

Women's Lib (17 Dec. 1971)

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Bill is appalled at the way Graeme and Tim discuss Graeme's new girlfriend. He calls the Women's Liberation army, and Barbara comes to Goodies HQ and threatens to rough the boys up. She ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Gaye Brown
Elaine Baillie ...
Maxine Casson
Zibba Mayes ...
(as Zibba Mays)
Tina Reeves


Bill is appalled at the way Graeme and Tim discuss Graeme's new girlfriend. He calls the Women's Liberation army, and Barbara comes to Goodies HQ and threatens to rough the boys up. She then sends them to her father's home to work as domestics so they can get an insight into the life of a woman. After a few days of Tim (dressed as a woman) and Graeme working at the house, Barbara arrives to announce that Bill is her new boyfriend. Tim struggles to adapt back to being a man after the encounter, and is convinced he is a liberated woman. Graeme now totally confused over how to handle gender relationships takes his computer out on a date. Finally Tim is forced to leave HQ after Bill and Graeme announce a double wedding to their respective partners. At the Church Tim makes an impassioned speech that convinces everyone to call the weddings off. He unfortunately attracts the attention of Barbara's father who thinks he might make a good brood mare, and all three boys make good their escape on... Written by glen_chapman <>

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That Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady
3 December 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Appalled by Tim and Graeme's boorish displays of sexism, Bill summons 'Women's Libber' Barbara. To show them what women have to endure, she puts them to work for her father - a chauvinistic aristocrat who treats women like dirt. Graeme has an easy life as the butler, but poor Tim is put through hell as the maid. He emerges a better man for the experience. In the meantime, Bill gets engaged to Barbara, whilst Graeme begins dating...wait for it...his computer!

The longer run of season 2 resulted in several episodes which should not have been made, and this is one of them. Its ammunition for those smug critics who claim '70's comedy is hopelessly sexist.

It begins as it means to go on with Tim being horrid to his date, Debbie. There's some good gags later on as Tim is treated appallingly by Barbara's father, and Graeme romping through the woods in slow motion with his computer, but the whole thing collapses at the end. Pretending to be a feminist protester, Tim shows up at the church where Bill and Graeme are to be married, and persuades his friends to abandon their wedding plans. Bill casually dumping Barbara got no laugh from the audience - nor from me. If the intention was to ridicule male chauvinistic attitudes, it failed because Garden and Oddie make fun of the alternative too. They were to repeat this blunder in their equally reprehensible 'Doctor In Charge' episode 'The Black & White Medical Show'. Chalk this down as an interesting failure.

Funniest moment - the spoof advertisement for 'Honest Holidays' which looks like the inspiration for 'Carry On Abroad'!

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