Eddie is horrified to read in a newspaper about an African man who was thrown out of his digs for non-payment of rent only to get eaten by a crocodile soon afterwards. Has he suddenly changed his attitude towards black people? It certainly seems that way, because when Bill and Barbie are threatened by the Electricity Board for alleged non-payment of a bill, he leaps to their rescue; firstly, by confronting 'Mr.Sylvester' ( who turns out to be black ) and then putting them up when they get their supply disconnected. The Booth house suddenly becomes very crowded...
It seems incredible that no-one thought of this idea before; having Bill and Barbie move in with Eddie and Joan was a masterstroke on the part of writers Lawrie Wyman and George Evans. Bill complains about Eddie's fondness for chips, while Eddie learns to to his horror that his little boy has been sharing a bath with the Reynolds' son. "You'll be saying that Bill and me should go in together next!". As it turns out, Eddie is responsible for the Reynolds' predicament - he forgot to post their payment!
Funniest moment - Bill is delighted when Barbie says she is doing the cooking that night, thinking he is going to get some good old fashioned Trinidad-style grub. Instead she offers him 'fish, chips, and mushy peas!', much to Eddie's joy.
A workman in this episode is played by Oscar James, who used to appear in 'Eastenders'. At long last, the omnibus edition of said soap has been moved from its usual Sunday afternoon slot to early Saturday mornings. Fans are up in arms, describing the experience of watching the show as being as traditional a Sunday activity as eating roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or going to church. I personally think the move is long overdue. When 'Eastenders' began in 1985, home video had only been around a few years, hence an omnibus edition was justified. But with the advent of satellite television and the internet, this is no longer the case. Hopefully the B.B.C. will ( though I doubt it ) use that slot to show ( as they used to ) classic movies. I used to love sitting down to Sunday dinner and seeing the likes of 'The Lavender Hill Mob', 'Passport To Pimlico' or 'The Fast Lady'. That is how it should be. We get enough doom and gloom on our screens the rest of the week.
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