Man About the House: Season 3, Episode 7

Three of a Kind (20 Nov. 1974)

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When Robin is rushed to hospital during a poker game he asks Chrissy to take his place. This is a very bad idea as she has not got a clue as to how to play and puts the rent money at risk. ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Paula Wilcox ...
Sally Thomsett ...
Yootha Joyce ...
Mrs. Roper
Brian Murphy ...
Doug Fisher ...
Jeremy Bulloch ...
Derek Sutton
Duncan Lamont ...
Dr. McLeod
Louisa Martin ...


When Robin is rushed to hospital during a poker game he asks Chrissy to take his place. This is a very bad idea as she has not got a clue as to how to play and puts the rent money at risk. George steals from Mildred in order to get the stake money to take part in the game and pays the price. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The colour of ( rent ) money
10 September 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Robin is playing Poker with his mates, Larry and Derek ( Jeremy Bulloch ). The air in the flat is thick with cigarette smoke and the smell of cheap beer. Robin suddenly complains of a sore throat, so Derek ( being a doctor ) offers to have a look. He diagnoses tonsillitis.

While Robin goes off to hospital to have his tonsils out, the next game goes ahead as planned, only with Chrissy taking his place. The trouble is, she does not know how to play...

A less than brilliant end to an otherwise good season. Putting Robin in hospital effectively keeps him away from the others for much of the story. Where's Chrissy's sense in gambling good money on a game she knows she cannot play? She phones Robin for help but he lets her down badly. There's some amusement to be had in seeing the astonished looks on Larry's and Derek's faces as Jo produces fairy cakes and barley water instead of the expected sandwiches and beer, and Chrissy raising the stakes by a penny a game, but not much.

Jeremy Bulloch is best known for playing 'Boba Fett' in 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return Of The Jedi'. He also appeared in two Roger Moore Bond films.

Funniest moment - Roper, desperate to enter the Poker game, steals the money Mildred has put by for a new coat. When she finds out, she storms into the flat, clutching an empty Toby jug ( which is where she had kept the money ). The next time we see Roper ( visiting Robin in hospital ), he has a bandage on his head!

Fans only had to wait three months for Season 4 and, just in case they suffered from withdrawal symptoms, there was the Hammer movie version, released at Christmas. It suffered from the usual faults of sitcom movies, being stretched to fit the requirements of the big screen, and overloaded with superfluous new characters, but had its moments, most notably Robin and Larry working in Bill Maynard's disgustingly filthy restaurant kitchen.

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