Man About the House: Season 2, Episode 4

Did You Ever Meet Rommel? (30 Jan. 1974)

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The flatmates throw a party for the Ropers' wedding anniversary and Robin invites a German student, Franz to come along. Unfortunately this sets off George's obsession with the Second World... See full summary »

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Richard O'Sullivan ...
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Sally Thomsett ...
Jo
Yootha Joyce ...
Mrs. Roper
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The flatmates throw a party for the Ropers' wedding anniversary and Robin invites a German student, Franz to come along. Unfortunately this sets off George's obsession with the Second World War,leading to a falling-out between the two men. One of a set of cuff-links bought as a present for George also goes missing and ends up in the food. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Did you see 'The World At War'?"
9 August 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The Ropers are approaching their wedding anniversary, so Robin, Chrissy and Jo decide to throw a private party in their flat. But Robin has also invited Franz Wasserman ( Dennis Waterman ), a German philosophy student who recently graduated. With World War 2-obsessed Roper around, the insults are bound to fly thick and fast - and do, even though Franz is too young to have fought.

But the flat-mates have another problem to contend with. One of the cuff-links they bought Roper has gone missing. Robin and Chrissy fear it may have wound up in the food...

Not one of the series' triumphs. The spectacle of Robin waving knackwurst around suggestively is bad enough, but the row between Roper and Franz unfortunately culminates in the latter giving a Nazi salute and going 'Sieg Heil!'. A similar thing happened in both the first episode of 'Love Thy Neighbour' and the 'Black & White Medical Show' episode of 'Doctor In Charge'. The person on the receiving end of racial abuse decided to show the abuser up by conforming to the stereotype he was believed to be. It just did not work. When 'Fawlty Towers' served up the classic 'The Germans' a year later, it succeeded where those shows failed by making the abuser look foolish. Had one of the Germans goose-stepped into the hotel foyer instead of Basil it would just not have been funny.

Dennis Waterman was a few months away from landing the role of 'Sergeant George Carter' in the iconic '70's drama 'The Sweeney'. He is good as 'Franz', though would have been even better with a stronger script.

The cuff-link in the dinner joke lacks a decent pay-off too. It is found by Franz. I had hoped Roper would choke on it.

Funniest moment - Roper mistaking Franz for a doctor of medicine, and taking off his shirt for an examination.


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