Barbie announces that she's pregnant. Due to Bill's bragging, Eddie, believing that anything Bill can do, he can do better, tries to convince Joan to start a family as well.

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Barbie announces that she's pregnant. Due to Bill's bragging, Eddie, believing that anything Bill can do, he can do better, tries to convince Joan to start a family as well.

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30 April 1973 (UK)  »

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The stork is due on Maple Terrace
12 February 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Barbie learns she is pregnant. Bill is delighted, especially when he realises how much the news will upset Eddie. It does. Their neighbour sees her pregnancy as no less than part of a plot by black people to try and outnumber the whites. He leaves the club early go home to Joan and have an early night, but she is having none of it. As it turns out, she is already pregnant...

The notion that a man should want to deliberately impregnate his spouse for no reason other than to get one over on his neighbour may strike some as revolting. Indeed it is. But it is entirely in keeping with the warped character of Eddie Booth. As I wrote in an earlier review, he is a total knob.

'Till Death Us Do Part' had an advantage over 'Neighbour' in that Alf's racist rants were not the focal point of the comedy. It was different here though. Powell and Driver had recognised the limitations of the format, and decided to tinker with it, hence the double pregnancy plot. When it returned for a fourth season, it would be developed further.

Fans of 'Neighbour' missing their favourite show could go and see the movie version in the summer. It did good business, but unlike 'On The Buses', there were no sequels.

Funniest moment - Eddie attempting to get romantic with Joan. His cheeky grins and winks would turn any right-minded woman off sex completely!


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