Captain Mainwaring's reservations to accept the 'non-combatant' role of umpire in maneuver exercises (as deputy for the Home Guard colonel) quickly disappear when he learns the job comes ...
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Captain Mainwaring's reservations to accept the 'non-combatant' role of umpire in maneuver exercises (as deputy for the Home Guard colonel) quickly disappear when he learns the job comes with a non-assigned staff car. His platoon might be allowed to keep this car, but he makes the mistake of bragging in advance it would be some sort of limousine, so the less grand model gets him generally laughed at. Next Jones' remarks about military car seating etiquette starts an unmusical dance of chairs in it. Pike's eagerness to be allowed in it as runner and general boyish pride are irresponsibly stirred by warden Hodges's niece Sylvia, a regular army driver and the only girl to look at him in times, who besots him to go to the pictures and makes him take the car, ignoring Jones didn't put the petrol in.Written by
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Time for Pike to grow up?
Captain Mainwaring is delighted to receive a staff car, he's furious when Like and his new friend Sylvia, niece of Mr Hodges disappear in it to the pictures.
It's not a favourite episode of mine, it does play on the eternal stupidity of Pike, no more a stupid boy, but a soppy one. It could have been a coming of age story for him, but they simply refused to let him grow up.
There are some funny scenes, but overall it's not a patch on the earlier series. It does however light up in the cinema with the appearance of Mrs Fox alongside Jones.
It's decent. 6/10
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