Man About the House: Season 1, Episode 1

Three's a Crowd (15 Aug. 1973)

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After a farewell party for departing flatmate Eleanor, Jo and Chrissy are anxious to find a third girl to share but find cookery student Robin Tripp in the bath instead. Word gets out to ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Paula Wilcox ...
Sally Thomsett ...
Yootha Joyce ...
Mrs. Roper
Brian Murphy ...
Helen Fraser ...


After a farewell party for departing flatmate Eleanor, Jo and Chrissy are anxious to find a third girl to share but find cookery student Robin Tripp in the bath instead. Word gets out to landlady Mrs. Mildred Roper that the girls have a man upstairs and she sends husband George to investigate. He meets a prospective flat-mate called Gaby,which is apt as she never stops talking, and insults her by mistaking her for a man. She storms out and the girls are delighted. They want Robin to stay because he is an excellent cook. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Robin: [the Ropers have just agreed to allow Robin to stay with Chrissy and Jo] What did you tell him?
Chrissy: [grinning mischievously] I just put his mind at rest. Mainly about the sex bit... the thing is, you're probably going to have to go on wearing that for the rest of your life.
Robin: Why?
Chrissy: I told him you're a poof.
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"He squeezed my bosom!"
15 June 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The first episode of the classic I.T.V. sitcom 'Man About The House'.

Chrissy ( Paula Wilcox ) and Jo ( Sally Thomsett ) are young working class girls sharing a bed-sit in 6, Myddleton Terrace, Earls Court, London. Their third flatmate, Eleanor, has left to get married ( and have a baby! ), meaning there is now a vacancy for her room.

A farewell party takes place in the flat, and the next morning Chrissy and Jo are faced with the task of clearing away empty bottles, used cigarette packets, and half-eaten food.

Preparing to take a bath, Chrissy finds it occupied - by Robin Tripp ( Richard O'Sullivan ), a Southampton-born cookery student of no fixed abode. While his clothes dry out, the girls give him Eleanor's old dressing gown to wear. He cooks them a scrumptious meal based on the few ingredients in their fridge. They like it so much they ask him to stay.

With no place of his own ( and keen on the idea of living with two sexy, single girls ) he accepts. But how to explain his presence to their landlord, Mr.Roper ( Brian Murphy ), who lives downstairs with his sex-starved wife, Mildred ( Yootha Joyce )?

Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke followed up their successful 'Father Dear Father' with this equally popular show. They had worked with O'Sullivan on 'F.D.F.' - he played 'Howard', the accident-prone boyfriend of one of Patrick Cargill's daughters. The actor was also then appearing in 'Doctor In Charge', as the conceited 'Dr.Lawrence Bingham'. 'Tripp' was very different, being trendy, lecherous, and in possession of a sense of humour.

Knowing the subject matter was likely to give Mrs.Mary Whitehouse a fit of the vapours, the writers made it clear that there was no hanky-panky in Myddleton Terrace. Robin might have wanted it, but the girls were not forthcoming. This game of 'will they won't they' was played for six seasons from 1973-76 and it is to everyone's credit that it never once became tiresome.

Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce stole the show as the warring Ropers, and later landed their own spin-off. Helen Fraser, a.k.a. 'Dr. Mary Bingham' from 'Doctor In Charge', appears here as the horsey 'Gabrielle' ( "my friends call me Gabby!" ), who has responded to the girls' ad in the paper for a new flatmate.

Funniest moment - thinking 'Gabby' to be a man in drag ( based on what Mildred earlier told him ), Roper pokes her ample breast with his finger, only to find it is not fake!

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