A solicitor comes to tell Rigsby that an uncle has left him fifty thousand pounds - on condition he can prove he is married. Since Rigsby parted from his actual wife Veronica years ago and ... See full summary »

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A solicitor comes to tell Rigsby that an uncle has left him fifty thousand pounds - on condition he can prove he is married. Since Rigsby parted from his actual wife Veronica years ago and she moved away, he persuades Ruth to pose as his 'wife' when the uncle's widow, Aunt Maud, comes to check on his marital status. To confuse matters the real Veronica also shows up but, since he does have a wife, he is allowed to inherit the money. Unfortunately it is all eaten up by his uncle's unpaid taxes. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 April 1978 (UK)  »

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Plenty of revelations, name and wife!!
6 November 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Celebrations for Rigsby as he's visited by a Solicitor, and given some wonderful news. Uncle George has kicked the bucket, and left Rigsby his entire estate, £50,000, Rigsby is in the money. It isn't long before Miss Jones and Philip come with unreasonable demands, carpets and towel heaters, Rigsby is not impressed, things get worse when the Solicitor returns to advise Rigsby that a condition of the will is that he has to be happily married, elderly Aunt Maud will arrive soon to confirm. Quick thinking Rigsby manages to bribe Miss Jones to play the role of brassy chain smoking wife Veronica. Things become even more complicated when the real Veronica arrives just before Aunt Maud.

Without any doubt this is one of the funniest episodes in the show's history. Leonard Rossiter is at his absolute best, he is hilarious, his bribery of Miss Jones with shag piles is just wonderful, the two are incredible together. I'd also put this as perhaps my favourite episode for Miss Jones too, she's delightful at playing Veronica, and the scene between her and the real one is delightful. Gretchen Franklin is cracking as cranky deaf old Aunt Maud too. I love that we see 'Rupert's wife.

9/10 one of the best.


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