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The Erotic Dreams of Mrs Slocombe 

Mrs. Slocombe, who has been a widow for quite a long time, begins to have weird erotic fantasies about Mr. Humphries. Her cranky behavior towards everybody else, including her customers, forces Mr. Rumbold to intervene.


John Kilby


Jeremy Lloyd (by), David Croft (by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
John Inman ... Mr. Humphries
Mollie Sugden ... Mrs. Slocombe
Frank Thornton ... Captain Peacock
Wendy Richard ... Miss Brahms
Nicholas Smith ... Mr. Rumbold
Arthur English ... Mr. Harman
Mike Berry ... Mr. Spooner
Benny Lee Benny Lee ... Mr. Klein
Kenneth Waller Kenneth Waller ... Old Mr. Henry Grace
Vivienne Johnson ... Mr. Grace's Nurse
Louise Burton Louise Burton ... Virginia Edwards
Brenda Cowling Brenda Cowling ... Lady Customer
Jack Haig Jack Haig ... Old Gentleman


After years of reaction in her widow's love life, Mrs. Slocombe is getting extremely cranky with everybody, even with customers. The notable exception is Mr. Humphries, whom she showers with embarrassingly obvious attention, including presents. When the obsession drives her to alcoholism and it starts raining complaints from verbally abused customers, Mr. Rumbold and Mr. Grace investigate, and end up with psychological advice that the only cure is for the object of her desire to appear to be responsive- poor Mr. Humphries has to sit next to her when the whole floor gets to attend a ballet show of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker... Written by KGF Vissers

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Jack Haig who play the Old Gentleman also featured on " 'Allo 'Allo ". See more »


Mrs. Slocombe: [staggers sideways into the office, obviously very drunk] I hope you're not under the impression that I have been out there boozing, Mr. Rumbold. I simply slipped down to the corner to buy a packet of "crisops."
Mr. Rumbold: Without doubting your word, Mrs Slocombe, may I ask you to breath into this bag? And let me warn you that your whole future at Grace Brothers depends on it!
[she breaths into the breathalyzer bag, puts it on Mr Rumbold's desk, and it flies into the air]
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References Dallas (1978) See more »

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As wild as Mrs Slocombe's hair.
12 September 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Mrs Slocombe is hitting the bottle, the reason, Mr Humphries and her erotic dreams.

This one is almost surreal, it's as far away from the early episodes of the show as possible, but it does work. It plays on the talents of Inman and Sugden once again, there's an ever greater reliance on the pair. Mollie is incredibly funny here, they made her do all sorts, asides from having that remarkable blue hair, she now falls in love with Mr Humphries, which is the more shocking I ask you.

Lots of double entendres as you would expect, the finest coming as the team sit down to watch the ballet, and Mrs Slocombe is convinced she knows what an entre chat is.

It doesn't perhaps have the shine of the earlier episodes, but it is funny, Mollie makes it so, her bizarre behaviour, gin drinking and rude behaviour give it just enough to make it funny, 7/10.

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Release Date:

28 May 1981 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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