Man About the House: Season 1, Episode 2

And Mother Makes Four (22 Aug. 1973)

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With the girls having convinced the Ropers that Robin is gay and therefore it is quite proper for him to share with them, they have a new problem. On the day Robin moves in, Chrissy learns ... See full summary »

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Richard O'Sullivan ...
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Sally Thomsett ...
Jo
Yootha Joyce ...
Mrs. Roper
Brian Murphy ...
Daphne Oxenford ...
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With the girls having convinced the Ropers that Robin is gay and therefore it is quite proper for him to share with them, they have a new problem. On the day Robin moves in, Chrissy learns that her mother, who is no liberal, is to pay a visit. The girls try to bluff Robin into moving out temporarily but end up sharing the room with him whilst Chrissy's mother takes her bed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Robin's ( love ) Nest!
21 February 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Students file out of Euston Polytechnic, climb onto motorbikes, and roar off. Robin Tripp, mindful of his cool image, lags behind so he can don sunglasses. Elsewhere, Chrissy boards a double decker bus to find she has lost a shoe in the street, its heel stuck in a grating. The third flatmate, Jo strolls out of the London Underground, carrying a parasol. A 'blind' man stares in disbelief at her undulating bottom. They meet up outside 6, Myddleton Terrace, before venturing inside. So begins another episode of 'Man About The House'. This title sequence was used on the first two seasons.

Chris Barlas wrote a novelisation ( published by Sphere ) of the first series, but curiously 'Three's A Crowd' was omitted. The book starts instead with an adaptation of this episode. The girls arrive back at the flat to find Mr.Roper attempting ( without success ) to fix the doorbell. It is pouring down outside, and Robin is due to move in today. No sooner has he settled in the spare room than Chrissy learns her mother - Mrs.Plummer ( Daphne Oxenford ) - is in London and wishes to pay a visit. But how to explain Robin's presence? Failing to persuade Robin to go and see 'War & Peace' ( the full version ) at the cinema, the girls smuggle him into their room ( Mrs.Plummer having taken Robin's bed ). This causes a new problem. They are reluctant to undress in front of him...

An excellent second episode, picking up from where the first left off. The title is a reference to the sitcom 'And Mother Makes Three' starring Wendy Craig ( still in production at this time ), and also made by Thames. Daphne Oxenford reprised the role of Mrs.Plummer in 'The Tender Trap and 'Another Bride, Another Groom'.

Spot The Mistake - Chrissy saying to Jo: "Him in the same room as three sexy young girls!". Who's the third one?

The 'Mucky Duck' pub is seen for the first time, although the camp Scottish landlord ( John Carlin ) is not around.

Funniest moment - remembering she forgot to close the lounge window, Chrissy asks Robin if he will do the honours. Putting on a bad South American accent, he melodramatically drapes a blanket around his body like The Red Shadow, and says: "Make yourself beautiful for me. I will return!" before leaping out of the room. The studio audience applauds. Great stuff.


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