Dorothy is having bed rest after having her appendix taken out but Gary's nursing skills leave much to be desired as he pretends the appendix is a moustache and races around the flat in her... See full summary »

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Dorothy is having bed rest after having her appendix taken out but Gary's nursing skills leave much to be desired as he pretends the appendix is a moustache and races around the flat in her wheelchair. Dorothy gets revenge by pretending Gary has killed her. Tony finds he needs to wear glasses but, after everybody has laughed at him, opts for contact lenses instead. They still blur his vision though, especially when Gary offers him the appendix claiming it is a pickled chilli. Written by don @ minifie-1

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6 July 1995 (UK)  »

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Gary Strang: [to a near-blind Tony] So washing your contact lenses in Fuzzy Peach shower gel isn't a good idea, then?
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''I've seen them do this on 'Casualty'!''
20 April 2017 | by (Wallyford, East Lothian, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Dorothy has been discharged from hospital following an operation to have her appendix removed. Gary is left in charge of the role of nursemaid and, despite his obvious good intentions, his tolerance is eventually tested.

Meanwhile, Tony is feeling somewhat self-conscious as after a visit to an optician, he finds he needs to wear glasses. Gary's amusement at Tony's affliction does not help his disposition either...

A good episode of 'Men Behaving Badly'. Watching this, one is reminded of the 'Steptoe & Son' episode 'Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs, Downstairs' in which Harold is made to look after a bedridden Albert following his back trouble. Both episodes are funny for different reasons. Tony's attempts at trying to come to terms with having to wear glasses also reminds one of the 'Rab C. Nesbitt' episode 'Test' in which Rab tries to get used to having to wear glasses.

Martin Clunes is at his best here. One can't help feeling sorry for him as he tries to care for Dorothy, despite his lack of common sense sensitivity ( see the way he casually presents to Dorothy in a jar her burst appendix or the way he tips her from the wheelchair onto the bed ).

Funniest moment - warned by Dorothy not to draw attention to Tony wearing glasses, Gary struggles to keep his laughter under control as Tony surreptitiously tries to slip on his specs. Clunes' facial expression here is absolutely priceless!


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