Rumpole of the Bailey: Season 6, Episode 5

Rumpole and the Quacks (25 Nov. 1991)

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Rumpole defends a Pakistani doctor accused of molesting a female patient, and Phyllida suspects Erskine-Brown of philandering.

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Marion Mathie ...
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Julian Curry ...
Peter Blythe ...
Jonathan Coy ...
Henry
Richard Murdoch ...
Uncle Tom (credit only)
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Dr. Ghulam Rahmat
Gary Waldhorn ...
Dr. Cogger
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Stephanie Schonfield ...
Marietta Liptrott (as Stephanie Schonfeld)
Richard Hampton ...
Mr. Pinhorn
Pauline Yates ...
Mrs Whittaker
Jenny Oulton ...
Magistrate
Gawn Grainger ...
Mr. Govett
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A Pakistani doctor is accused of improperly touching a nanny who has come to him complaining of a sore throat. Although monitoring glandular swelling is appropriate when examining for mononucleosis, another doctor in his group testifies against him in the resultant malpractice hearing. Rumpole is aided in his defense from an unlikely source, a magazine for singles replete with personal ads that Phyllida has found in Erskine Brown's office. She becomes convinced that a an ad in the periodical is conclusive evidence that he is philandering. Rumpole is distracted by the amorous advances of a middle-aged ex-client. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Samuel 'Soapy Sam' Ballard, Q.C.: I think you were away sick when we agreed to take her on.
Horace Rumpole: Oh, I was dying.
Samuel 'Soapy Sam' Ballard, Q.C.: [Smiling] Really?
Horace Rumpole: I changed my mind.
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Another Case Solved for the Maverick Lawyer
8 February 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This episode has Rumpole (Leo McKern) successfully defending an Indian doctor (Saeed Jaffray) accused of molesting one of his patients. During the case, Rumpole enjoys making a monkey out of the judge (Graham Crowden), and outwitting his younger lawyer Phyllida Erskine-Brown (Patricia Hodge). Once again we admire Mortimer's dry humor as he shows the absurdities of the legal profession, although there is perhaps rather too much of the 'comic Indian' person about Jaffray's character. On several occasions he comes across as a quasi-colonial figure of the outwardly polite, submissive person who apparently accepts everything that his (white) lawyers say, but eventually succeeds in outwitting them. The experience of watching the episode today prompts us to think

  • or at least hope - that such representations have been successfully
consigned to the scriptwriters' mausoleum.


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