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Things That Go Bump in the Night 

After scaring the gullible Alan with a joke werewolf hand, Rigsby tries to spook him even more by telling him about the house ghost, the Grey Lady. Philip persuades Alan to put on a long ... See full summary »

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After scaring the gullible Alan with a joke werewolf hand, Rigsby tries to spook him even more by telling him about the house ghost, the Grey Lady. Philip persuades Alan to put on a long dress and a bonnet to impersonate the ghost, to scare Rigsby, which he does on several occasions, including at a séance Philip has stage managed. Rigsby then calls in the vicar to exorcise the ghost but the vicar only catches Alan and Brenda kissing on the sofa. By this time Rigsby has found the dress and bonnet so that the Grey Lady makes one final appearance. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Alan Moore: I've been to see Dr Zhivago.
Rupert Rigsby: Oh! What'd he say?
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Mask of Death
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Performed by Jack Trombey
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She could have been the Salvation Army, mind you there was no sign of a Tambourine.
8 October 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Philip and Alan have been to the cinema to see Doctor Zchivago. Alan refuses to walk back past the Graveyard and they arrive back late, Rigsby's been waiting up for him. Rigsby tells Alan of his love of horror movies, and intent on scaring Alan he spins him a yarn of a ghost that walks the house, The Grey Lady. Alan relays the story to Philip and he decides to return the joke, and create his ghost.

This episode is near perfection, it's one of the funniest in the show's history, maybe even my favourite. It has some utterly hilarious one liners, 'have you ever met a vampire? ..get down the tax office.' I think I'd feel guilty calling it my favourite episode as there's no Miss Jones, but Brenda deputises very well. The appearances of Alan's grey Lady and Rigsby's reactions are side splitting, 'My god she's a size, wild hair and feet like barges, no wonder they walled her up,' utterly hilarious, but the part where they hold the séance had me on the floor laughing. Comedy Platinum!

Leonard Rossiter as always is a joy to watch, his sense of timing was just awesome, his facial expressions too just brilliant.

This episode is side splittingly funny, totally madcap. 10/10


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