Keen to secure a £3,000 decorating contact, Eric begins getting friendly with the very pretty Shirley Matthews. Sharon assumes he is two-timing her. Maureen tries to bust up the pair by masquerading as one of Eric's 'girlfriends'. Outraged, Shirley storms out of the pub.
Once she realises the truth, Maureen attempts to put things right...
A Rowley/Baker episode of little merit. This being a family sitcom, there was never any danger of Eric's motives being anything other than honourable, his interest in Shirley is ( so he claims ) for 'business' only. When I tell you that Shirley is played by the stunning Jan Francis ( she of 'Secret Army' and 'Just Good Friends' ), you'll find his claims a little hard to swallow.
The low point is Maureen's impersonation of a squeaky-voiced floozy. Aimi MacDonald she ain't.
The late Kenneth Waller, later to play 'Grandad' in Carla Lane's 'Bread', is seen briefly as a randy pensioner in a burger bar. Future 'Citizen Smith' star Cheryl Hall appears as Shirley's mate 'Brenda'.
Funniest moment - when the 'End Of Part One' caption appears, Peter Cleall and Liz Gebhardt start eating peanuts ( which Craven had earlier dropped ) off the table. From their expressions I'd say they knew this script was a loser.
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