With 5C's time at Fenn St. School drawing to a close, the pupils have to start thinking about work. To everyone's amazement, Frankie lands a job in a private detective agency - but as a tea-boy. It does not stop him from fantasising about being Humphrey Bogart, however.
After failing to secure a job, Dennis is demoralised, so Mr.Hedges decides to help him. Noticing that he is good with animals, the kindly teacher suggests he work as stable boy at a local brewery. The owner agrees to give him a three-month trial. Dennis is elated - but there's a fly in the ointment. Dennis' father is dead against the idea, on account of the fact that one of the brewery's pubs refused him credit.
Angered, Mr.Hedges prepares for a showdown with the drunken, violent David Dunstable...
The seeds of 'The Fenn Street Gang' were sown with this episode. It does seem odd that two seemingly unemployable pupils should get jobs so quickly! Mr.Dunstable's unreasonable behaviour upsets not just Hedges, but everyone in the school. Duffy is ready to beat seven bells out of him, while both Mr.Price and Miss Ewell call him a 'bastard' ( an uncommon word in a prime-time sitcom in those days ). Hedges' rage boils over and, for a moment, it looks as though the mild-mannered teacher is going to turn violent. Ultimately though, its Dennis who breaks his drunkard father's nose, bringing about a reluctant change of heart. Its a unusually powerful scene. Fine acting from John Alderton, Peter Bayliss and Peter Denyer here.
Funniest moment - Abbott turning up for school as 'Hank Abbott- Private Eye'!
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