In Sickness and in Health: Season 1, Episode 6

Episode #1.6 (13 Oct. 1985)

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Tired of pushing Else around in her chair Alf feels she should have an electric scooter but they cost two and a half grand and the woman at Social Security tells Alf that,as long as he is ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dandy Nichols ...
Roger Martin ...
the Salesman
Daphne Anderson ...
the DHSS Officer
Alan Renwick ...
the man at the DHSS
Melita Manger ...
the TV Reporter
Erica Lynley ...
the Make-up Girl
Albert Welch ...
the Mechanic


Tired of pushing Else around in her chair Alf feels she should have an electric scooter but they cost two and a half grand and the woman at Social Security tells Alf that,as long as he is around to push,Else is ineligible. Taking an idea from some kids with a go-kart Alf adds jet propulsion to the chair,which goes out of control,foiling a bank robbery and landing him in hospital. He is declared a hero but,following Winston's view that the robbers' accomplices may be out to get him,decides to remain anonymous. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Fed up at having to push his crippled wife everywhere, Alf takes Else's wheelchair to bits in the living room in an effort to make it lighter.

At the Department of Social Security ( now the Department of Works & Pensions ) he tries to see about getting Else a motorised model. The starchy clerk informs him that she would if only qualify if she and Alf were unmarried. Losing his temper, Alf shouts: "S.S. is right! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!".

Next he goes into a showroom and asks to test drive a chair. The young assistant is helpful until he realises Alf has not got any money. Giving him a two-fingered salute, Alf walks out.

Finally, he goes to see a man about a chair. Alf tests it out, but loses control. The chair causes mayhem on London's roads, but stops bank robbers from making a getaway. Alf is now the man of the hour!

The last episode of the first season of 'In Sickness' is a little beauty, with Alf's anger at his wife not being eligible for a powered chair turning him into an unlikely hero. The studio audience is on his side as he rounds on the D.H.S.S. clerk, pointing out that when he retired from the docks, he never banked on getting a job harder than the one he had just left! Winston only appears in the final scene, when he puts the wind up Alf by pointing out that his going on the news could conceivably make him a target for the underworld.

Funniest moment - Alf's wheelchair rampage, but the most memorable moment is his little soliloquy about how he, as man and boy, served under fourteen Prime Ministers, and was poor under every one of them! Thousands of other British people could say the same.

Alf Garnett had returned in triumph to B.B.C.-1.

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