Frank brings a stray dog home, and calls it Columbo. The insurance damage assessor reduces his ludicrous record moving claim to £40. In order to do some repairs and replacements himself, ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Harris
John Malcolm ...
Mr. Wilson
Norman Chappell ...
Hazel Bainbridge ...
Mrs. Cooper
Eric Dodson ...
Mr. Cooper
Carl Andrews ...
Sheila Keith ...
Roger Kemp ...
Peter Schofield ...
Sir George
Sheila Ferris ...
Bunny May ...
Roy Sampson ...
Roger Elliott ...
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Frank brings a stray dog home, and calls it Columbo. The insurance damage assessor reduces his ludicrous record moving claim to £40. In order to do some repairs and replacements himself, Frank has enlisted on a wood-shop course. His super-glue efforts manage to glue several people together including a passer-by and a naively helpful conductor - they all end up in hospital. Frank then starts on a Wendy house for Jessica but has to get it out of the building. Written by KGF Vissers

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18 November 1978 (UK)  »

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According to Richard Wilson The sofa which he sinks into was not used in rehearsals so when the scene was filmed Michelle Dotrice started to corpse which in turn caused him and Crawford to corpse as well but the BBC decided to keep it in. See more »

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You wouldn't want to get stuck with Frank...
28 March 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

On his way home from the take-away, Frank is followed by a stray dog. He tries to shake it off but it follows him all the way to the garden gate. Taking pity on the animal, he brings it into the house. Betty is not happy about having another mouth to feed. The next day, Frank tells the postman ( Bunny May ) that the new addition to their family is called 'Columbo', but the postie thinks he is talking about their baby.

Frank shows the man from the insurance company, Mr.Harris ( Richard Wilson ), round the house as he has tried to claim for the furniture damaged in the move to Sodbury Terrace. Most of it is Frank's own work, and would have fallen to bits in any case.

At his woodwork class, Frank has built a chair with the aid of a tube of super-glue. When he tries to get it home on the bus, it sticks together an old lady, himself, and a bus conductor. But the ultimate challenge comes when he has to get a Wendy House out of the building...

Frank's trademark beret and mackintosh are back in this episode. Bunny May was in Eric Idle's 'Rutland Weekend Television', while Richard Wilson was at this time to be found in David Jason's 'A Sharp Intake Of Breath' in which he played a new character each week. Norman Chappell had previously been writer 'Mark Faraday' in Episode 2 Season 1. This return appearance ( as a different character ) just requires him to pull a funny face, nothing more.

Funniest moment - Frank and Betty are on the sofa, inviting Harris to join them. But as he sits down, he sinks through, finding himself on the floor. Michael Crawford can be seen struggling not to laugh, but Wilson loses control completely and the camera focuses instead on Michele Dotrice. Like the 'undercover cops' sketch in 'At Last The 1948 Show', its unprofessional behaviour but hilarious all the same.

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