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Bertie Takes Gussie's Place at Deverill Hall (or, Right Ho! Jeeves) 

Bossy Aunt Agatha orders Bertie to go to Deverill Hall and woo Gertrude Winkworth. Gussie Fink-Nottle is due to go to the hall to impress Dame Daphne, Gertrude's mother and godmother to his... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Braine ...
Madeline (as Elizabeth Morton)
Gertrude (as Chloe Annett)
Rosalind Knight ...
Dame Daphne
Hilary Sesta ...
Harriet Reynolds ...
Celia Gore-Booth ...
Sheila Mitchell ...
John Elmes ...
Llewellyn Rees ...
Peter Mair ...


Bossy Aunt Agatha orders Bertie to go to Deverill Hall and woo Gertrude Winkworth. Gussie Fink-Nottle is due to go to the hall to impress Dame Daphne, Gertrude's mother and godmother to his beloved Madeleine Bassett. When Gussie is arrested for trying to catch newts in Trafalgar Square fountain, Bertie sees the chance to obey Agatha by going to the hall and also save the day for Gussie by impersonating him. When Gussie eventually turns up he has to pretend to be Bertie. Gertrude is captivated by him, romance blooms and Gussie writes to Madeleine to end their relationship. Bertie's efforts to retrieve the letter leads to his arrest and, worse, the attentions of Madeleine before Jeeves rescues him yet again. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 April 1992 (UK)  »

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[Bertie is driving all-out to the hall to avert disaster]
Reginald Jeeves: [shouting over the engine and the wind] Your pardon, sir?
Bertie Wooster: [shouting] What is it, Jeeves?
Reginald Jeeves: The speedometer indicates that we are traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour!
Bertie Wooster: Good lord! Is that all?
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JEEVES at Its Best
7 August 2016 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

This Season 3 episode (drawn largely from the P.G. Wodehouse novel "The Mating Season") represents JEEVES AND WOOSTER at its finest. Bertie's Aunt Agatha wants him to travel to Deverill Hall to woo the lovely Gertrude Winkworth. Gussie Fink-Nottle must go there as well in order to impress Dame Daphne, godmother to his fiancée Madeline Bassett. When Gussie is arrested for fishing for newts in Trafalgar Square Fountain, Bertie must avert scandal by traveling to Deverill and pretending to be Gussie. (Bertie is heavily invested in keeping Gussie and Madeline together, for if any scandal were to break them apart then Madeline would immediately turn her attentions to Bertie!) When Gussie is bailed out of jail and turns up at Deverill Hall, the only solution is for him to pretend to be Bertie! Hilarious mix-ups and hi-jinks result.

Key to the episode's success is the fact that it is based on a single Wodehouse novel, instead of being cobbled together from several Wodehouse short stories. As a result, everything flows nicely and feels of a piece. The spirit of classical European comedic literature always hovers over JEEVES AND WOOSTER; this episode could almost be a play by Oscar Wilde. The performances are pitch-perfect, including Richard Braine as lisping, petulant Gussie Fink-Nottle and Elizabeth Morton as drippy romantic Madeline Bassett. Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are at their wry best. Chloe Annett is a stunner as Gertrude. John Elmes registers too as Wooster's pal "Catsmeat"; it strikes me he could have easily filled in for Laurie as Wooster. The estate of Joyce Grove, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire offers a perfect setting for the shenanigans.

In one of the most hysterical scenes, Gussie embarrasses himself singing a rendition of the musical comedy song "Ever So Goosey" in front of the Deverill clan. There is also a subplot involving a novelty golf club of Bertie which Jeeves is determined to get rid of (and succeeds).

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