Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Season 2, Episode 1

Frank Goes Over the Edge (22 Nov. 1973)

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Frank manages to mess up the library card system, without actually getting a book out and returns to the farm supplies firm with one more chicken then he let escape. Frank finds out that ... See full summary »

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Frank manages to mess up the library card system, without actually getting a book out and returns to the farm supplies firm with one more chicken then he let escape. Frank finds out that job he's going for with the farm supplies company comes with a company car. He lies he has a driving license and passes the interview with stand-in recruiter Henry. So they take the car for a picnic to the sea-side. Written by KGF Vissers

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1973 saw the debut of 'Some Mothers Do Ave Em', and before the year was out, Frank was back. Ignoring the conclusion of the previous series ( which suggested that Frank and Betty had emigrated to Australia ), it continued more or less where it left off. Frank is still out of work. Following a sequence in a library where he upsets the box containing the tickets, we see him wrecking a chicken shed. Frank is trying to develop an interest in agriculture so he can apply for a job as salesman with a fertiliser company.

The interview is a disaster, but the manager ( Vernon Dobtcheff ) agrees to employ him for a trial period. One of the perks is a company car. Great news. Except that Frank has not yet passed his test. Betty has her licence, so they head off into the country for a picnic. She then expresses an interest in motherhood...

So it was business as usual, with a few minor changes. Jane Hylton did not return as Betty's mother, and sexy Michele Dotrice shone a bit more brightly, particularly with the pregnancy theme running through Season 2. The stunts got more ambitious too. The credit 'Action By Havoc' appeared on a few '70's shows, most notably 'Dr.Who' and 'Manhunt'. 'Havoc' was the collective name for a team of stunt-men, and they earned their money on this show, even if Crawford and Dotrice did do all their own stuff. The finale with the car hanging over the edge of a cliff is one of the best remembered in the series, owing a debt to 'The Italian Job'.

Elissa Derwent, seen fleetingly as 'Joan' ( the librarian who thinks Frank is a pervert ), made a memorable appearance ( in both senses of the word ) in the 'Billy Liar' episode 'Billy & The Lost Weekend'.

Funniest moment - knowing that should anything happen to the car he will have to reimburse the company, Frank climbs over the roof in an effort to open the boot and release the fertiliser he has stored there. He is successful but then is left hanging from the exhaust pipe!


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