Rumpole of the Bailey: Season 5, Episode 4

Rumpole and the Tap End (14 Dec. 1988)

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Featherstone's controversial remarks and ruling in a domestic violence case causes fallout from women's rights groups and concern from the Lord Chancellor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Joanna Van Gyseghem ...
Peter Blythe ...
Samuel Ballard Q.C. (credit only)
Julian Curry ...
Claude Erskine-Brown (credit only)
Richard Murdoch ...
Uncle Tom (credit only)
Henry (credit only)
Maureen Darbyshire ...
Dianne (credit only)
Abigail McKern ...
Denis Lill ...
Mr. Bernard
Preston Lockwood ...
Lord Chancellor
Peter Carlisle ...


One of the Timson clan is accused by his wife of trying to drown her in their communal bath. Rumpole appeals to Featherstone's weaknesses and is able to plea bargain the domestic violence to a lesser charge. The resultant fallout from women's rights groups labels him a male chauvinist and the Lord Chancellor makes it clear that his judicial robes are in jeopardy. When Timson is brought before Featherstone again shortly thereafter on a charge of robbing a liquor store and assaulting its female manager, the judge feels undue pressure to better his standing with feminists. Rumpole is also distracted when he learns that Hilda is taking law courses with the object of joining his chambers. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Hilda Rumpole: So, you think that men and women are entirely equal?
Horace Rumpole: Everyone is equal in the dock, Hilda.
Hilda Rumpole: And in the home?
Horace Rumpole: Oh, well, naturally, yes, of course, yes, naturally, although, I suppose, some are born to command.
Horace Rumpole: [to himself, whispering] She who must be...
Hilda Rumpole: What?
Horace Rumpole: I said trust me, Hilda. I shall always be a staunch supporter of women's rights.
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