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Rumpole agrees to defend an elitist restaurateur whom he dislikes when a live mouse jumps out from one of his gourmet meals.





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Robin Bailey ...
Peter Blythe ...
Julian Curry ...
Abigail McKern ...
Christopher Milburn ...
Dave Inchcape
Jean Pierre O'Higgins (as T. P. McKenna)
James Maxwell ...
Everard Wystan
Richard Hampton ...
Mr. Pinhorn
Frank Mills ...
Pauline Delaney ...
Mrs Rafferty (as Pauline Delany)
Pamela Miles ...
Tricia Benbow
Gaston LeBlanc


Rumpole reluctantly agrees to accompany Hilda and her male cousin to a very elite, exclusive restaurant. Rumpole objects to the pretentious atmosphere, fancy fair, and skimpy portions and demands comfort food like steak and kidney pudding. Jean Pierre O'Higgins, the gourmet restaurateur, is insulted that Rumpole would expect him to prepare such proletarian dish and an argument ensues. An even greater uproar arises when a live mouse jumps out from the serving dish at another table. The diners are Erskine-Brown and a pretty colleague that he's attempting to romance. Embarrassed by Rumpole's behavior, Hilda leaves him for her more genteel cousin. When a recalcitrant O'Higgins comes to Rumpole to beg his help in saving his license and reputation, Rumpole does agree to defend him without embarrassing Erskine-Brown. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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28 October 1991 (UK)  »

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Jean Pierre O'Higgins: What do you say then, Mr. Horace Rumpole? Will you take me on?
Horace Rumpole: Well, I'll have to think about that.
Jean Pierre O'Higgins: Be honest. Is it my personality that makes you hesitate? Do you find me objectionable, Mr. Rumpole?
Horace Rumpole: Mr. O'Higgins, I find your restaurant pretentious and your portions skimpy. Your customers regale themselves in a dim religious atmosphere more fitting to evensong than a good night out. I find you an opinionated and self-satisfied bully. However, unlike you, I am on hire to even the most ...
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