Season 5 of 'Get Some In!' ranks alongside Season 4 of 'Monty Python', Season 3 of 'Just Good Friends', post-2000 'Only Fools & Horses', the L.W.T. series of 'The Goodies', and the last two runs of 'Red Dwarf' as shining examples of good comedy shows going, if not exactly bad, certainly well below par.
'Get Some In!' was reinstated after viewers' protests, but few were laughing as one dud episode succeeded another over seven weeks. There was one bright spot, however. 'Labrador' begins in church. Matthew's father, the Reverend Lilley ( Seymour Green ) has invited Corporal Marsh to speak about his 'heroic' experiences in Canada. Amongst the congregation are Lilley, Ken, Jakey and Leckie, all of whom know him to be lying through his teeth. Afterwards, the Reverend and his wife take tea with the Corporal, who has ingratiated himself into their company. Disgusted, Matthew storms off to the pub and starts knocking back pints. He announces to his friends a change in his personality. He commences to ( mildly ) swear, make sexist remarks in women's company, and plans a heavy boozing session with Marsh...
Its amusing to see Gerard Ryder playing 'Lilley' in a different key, and Marsh treating the vicar's son as 'one of the boys' for once. As ever, Karl Howman's 'Jakey Smith' is almost invisible ( note that Marsh has stopped referring to him as 'Ted'. I suspect it was because the writers realised it was impossible to visualise Howman as a Teddy Boy ). In my view, they should have dropped the character completely.
Paul Luty, who plays landlord 'Mr.Talbot', was 'Nobby' in 'Love Thy Neighbour, while Deddie Davies - seen as 'Akela' - played fluttery 'Mabel' in the L.W.T. revival of 'The Rag Trade'.
Funniest moment - in the pub, Matthew asks Akela: "What are you having, toots?".
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