Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Season 1, Episode 7

The Labour Exchange (29 Mar. 1973)

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When the new employment exchange manager Bradshaw insists that everyone can be helped, veteran Hooper gladly passes on the hopeless case of Frank Spencer. Both his serial disaster-record ... See full summary »

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Michele Dotrice ...
Betty
George A. Cooper ...
Bradshaw
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Hooper
Dorothy Frere ...
Mrs. Dobson
Geoffrey Adams ...
Clergyman
Jack Watson ...
George
Jay Neill ...
Jack
Peter Wickham ...
Policeman
Derek Ware ...
Window Cleaner
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When the new employment exchange manager Bradshaw insists that everyone can be helped, veteran Hooper gladly passes on the hopeless case of Frank Spencer. Both his serial disaster-record and 'qualification' (25 meter breaststroke, after 'attending' many schools, till age 11, no actual classes) support Hooper's point amply. Yet Frank acts indignant, and Bradshaw insists on trying - betting he'll keep a job for a week. The only way to win is to employ Frank himself, but this proves far more costly and dangerous for everyone and everything. Written by KGF Vissers

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In the 'sophisticated computer' there are two spools spinning around - yet there's no tape in the spools. See more »

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Frank Spencer: [referring to the sophisticated computer in the employment exchange] I thought it was a sort of tea thing.
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Frank Vs. I.B.M.
3 March 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The final episode of the first season.

Mr.Bradshaw ( George A.Cooper ), manager of the Labour Exchange, believes that 'no man is unemployable' and makes a bet with Mr.Hooper ( Edward Hardwicke ) that he can get Frank Spencer into a job that lasts more than a week. In rapid succession, we see Frank as a window cleaner ( he almost falls from the cradle ), a night watchman ( he loses his Alsatian and while he is busy looking for it, thieves raid the factory he is meant to be guarding ) and removal man ( he reverses the van into the furniture ). Finally, Bradshaw gives him a job at the Labour Exchange...

The biggest influence on 'Some Mothers' was the Charlie Drake sitcom 'The Worker' and it is no more noticeable than here. Like that other show, there is a Labour Exchange setting, a 'Mr.Pugh'-like manager, and visual comedy galore. But the shows are poles apart in terms of quality. 'The Worker' was issued on D.V.D. a while back and, while some episodes are funny, many are not. I could not recommend it as an essential purchase. 'Some Mothers' is superior in every way.

The window cleaning sequence is harrowing for anyone suffering from vertigo. In the documentary 'To Be Perfectly Frank' it was revealed that the star nearly fell to his death. Ever the trooper, Crawford was determined to do his own stunts, even it it meant putting his line on the line.

George A.Cooper went on to play 'Mr.Fisher' in the L.W.T. sitcom 'Billy Liar' which started the same year this went out. Edward Hardwicke became 'Dr.Watson' in the Granada series 'The Return Of Sherlock Holmes' opposite Jeremy Brett, while Jack Watson, who plays one of the removal men, was in 'The Wild Geese'. John Witty must have specialised in computer voices, he also did one for 'Dr.Who' - 'The Seeds Of Death' ( 1969 ).

Funniest moment - Frank accidentally destroying the Labour Exchange computer!

As no-one knew if the show would return or not, the first season ended in Australia with Frank searching for lost sheep. The idea would not be carried over into the next season.


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