Sacked from Archie's detective agency on account of the quality of his work ( ie. never having done any ), Frankie decides to enlist in the military. His mother is horrified to learn that 'her little soldier' intends on becoming just that.
Seeing himself as the new Lee Marvin, Frankie reports to barracks, and starts throwing his weight about. Unfortunately, his cockiness soon vanishes when he meets the sadistic Corporal Elliott...
A very funny episode by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, and which with the benefit of hindsight can now be regarded as the 'pilot' for their later hit sitcom 'Get Some In!'. There's Frankie acting in much the same swaggering manner as Jakey Smith, a vicious Corporal ( played by Tony Selby, who was 'Marsh' in the other series ), and amongst the squaddies is a young Scot ( shades of 'Leckie' ).
Frankie's stupidity lands both him and the squad in hot water. During target practice, the Corporal is so fed up of his childish antics he commands the others to shoot him. Frankie is genuinely terrified. Luckily, the squad fire their rifles into the air.
Dennis and Maureen are the only other gang members to appear in this episode.
Funniest moment - Frankie being arrested by M.P.'s for going A.W.O.L. As they drag him away, he squeals: "But I've a 48! I haven't been here a week yet!". One of the police points out that the '48' referred to hours, not days.
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