On the Buses: Season 7, Episode 2

The Perfect Clippie (4 Mar. 1973)

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With money tight as ever in the Butler home Stan asks Blakey to employ Olive on the buses and eventually he relents. Olive's last excursion into being a conductress was a disaster but now ... See full summary »

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With money tight as ever in the Butler home Stan asks Blakey to employ Olive on the buses and eventually he relents. Olive's last excursion into being a conductress was a disaster but now she is completely in charge,super-efficient to the point of annoying, particularly as she has learnt the rule book off by heart and takes Stan to task for his rule-bending.It can't last. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Olive Turns Into Big Brother!
13 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

With Arthur gone, money is tight in the Butler household. Stan pleads with Blakey to take Olive on as a clippie, but the Inspector is not at all keen on the idea. In desperation, Stan tells the hard luck story to end them all, and Blakey relents, provided that Olive work on Stan's bus.

To everyone's amazement, she turns out to be good at the job, and before long is quoting the bus company's rule book as though she wrote it herself. Stan and Jack find that, with Olive around, most of their 'busmen's perks' have suddenly gone...

This George Layton & Jonathan Lynn penned episode provided Anna Karen with a welcome opportunity to step outside the normal confines of her character ( is it just me, or has Olive lost weight? Perhaps the depression caused by her divorce caused her to cut down on her eating ). Of course, she's annoying, that's the whole point.

In a very good piece of continuity, Olive's previous time as a clippie ( 'Olive Takes A Trip' from Season 1 ) at the bus depot is mentioned.

Funniest moment - Stan knocking an egg out of Olive's mouth.


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