Eddie has a union meeting at the pub with Jacko and Arthur. Barbie and Joan think that their husbands have a roving eye, so phone two girlfriends to try and tempt them into cheating.

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Jack Smethurst ...
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Nina Baden-Semper ...
Kate Williams ...
Tommy Godfrey ...
Keith Marsh ...
Elyse Clare ...
Myra
Siobhan Quinlan ...
Carla
Sue Bond ...
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Hélène François ...
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Pauline Cunningham ...
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Eddie has a union meeting at the pub with Jacko and Arthur. Barbie and Joan think that their husbands have a roving eye, so phone two girlfriends to try and tempt them into cheating.

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11 May 1972 (UK)  »

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The seven-year itch!
4 February 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Bill tells Joan she has ragwort in her garden. When the news gets back to Eddie, he predictably blames it on his neighbours.

A buxom new barmaid ( Sue Bond ) is on view at the local pub, cue lots of lecherous chat from Eddie and Arthur. A furious Joan and Barbie, seated nearby in the saloon bar, decide to play a trick on their spouses. They send them a handwritten note purporting to be from two local girls, arranging to meet them there the following night.

Putting their hatred on hold, Eddie and Bill, both smartly dressed, head to the pub 24 hours later, pretending to be on 'union business'. Eddie has recognised Joan's handwriting, and, to get his own back, stays out boozing with Bill until two in the morning. Returning home paralytic, they find they have been locked out, and it is starting to rain...

Another point regarding this show usually missed by detractors is that, for quite a lot of the time, Eddie and Bill get on well. This episode is proof of that. Eddie, the prejudiced one, is happy for Bill to accompany him on his night of 'infidelity'. But, of course, something happens to restore the natural order ( there would be no show otherwise ) and back come the childish insults.

Things To Look Out For - Jacko drinking a pint of beer instead of the usual 'arf' - and nobody notices!

Sue Bond was in a number of Benny Hill shows from this period, and also the movie version of 'George & Mildred' in 1980.

Funniest moment - at the end, two ravers proposition Bill and Eddie in the pub. Thinking that Joan and Barbie have put them up to it again, they tell them to push off, not realising they have just thrown away a golden opportunity to commit adultery.


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