The Home Guard are given the job of guarding the pier at Walmington and manning the machine gun post for the next four nights. Mainwaring is in his element and has meticulously, and laboriously, planned the strategies.
When Mainwaring tells Pike to fetch the food from the boat, he returns empty handed. A little sheepish, he explains that although he tied the boat to a small cable, it's been washed away, pulling the telephone line with it! The only way left to communicate is by morse code, but when the light they use is spotted by Hodges, he uses a children's paddle boat to reach the pier. The boat sinks before he gets there, leaving him no alternative but to swim the rest of the way.
As the hours pass, the men become increasingly hungry, so everyone is excited when Pike spots a machine full of chocolate. After Frazer loses a small fortune trying to win some chocolate, Walker gives the machine a quick slap and wins the jackpot in terms of chocolate bars. The trouble is they're all artificial except for Frazer's bar.
As morning breaks, Jones spots a mine close to the pier. They try to fend it off the girders but struggle until Hodges arrives on the scene, lobs an object at the mine which blows it up and saves the day.
Also appearing: Bill Pertwee (ARP Warden Hodges), Stuart Sherwin (2nd ARP Warden), Bill Treacher (1st Sailor) and Larry Martyn (2nd Sailor).
I have always thought the plot was a bit shakey, why would Pike tie the boat to a cable & not the pier or the metal ladder that they climb up on ? - Fraser is the only one with any pennies - 18 of them as he reminds them all- it's not too bad but not one of the best IMHO - I remember most seaside towns had old landmines as charity boxes after the war often for the RNLI.
why would Pike tie the boat to a cable & not the pier or the metal ladder that they climb up on
Because he is a stupid boy. ;D
I really enjoy this episode. It is perhaps not one of the more sophisticated plots, but I find it very funny all the same. One of the most humourous moments for me is Wilson's little foot-stamping tantrum when he tells Mainwaring he is not happy about him taking the hammock. I also think the scene where Pike apologises to all the members of the platoon is beautifully acted - check the different expressions of each of them. Frazer looks as if he is barely holding back, Wilson waves him away in exasperation and Walker just looks very disappointed.
Oh yes, that is a funny scene. I think Hodges is a strong swimmer in that episode, isn't he? But in "Come In, Your Time is Up", he can't swim. Not that it worries me - a few little inconsistencies doesn't detract from the fun for me.
Post by Andy Howells on Aug 4, 2010 3:44:35 GMT 12
It is a good episode, I love the sequence when the platoon attempt to dot and dash with a stiff window. Theres also some great dialogue between Mainwaring and Wilson over the hammock.
The laugh that always gets me is Pike apologising to everyone for losing the boat and then shouting Sorry at Godfrey who's on duty outside... Godfrey comes in about 30 seconds later and replies "What About?"
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 4, 2010 10:16:33 GMT 12
Yes, I really like Godfrey's reaction to the apology too. I also love the bit where Frazer starts getting all creepy about the wind and the sea, etc, and then admits it was a piece he recited at some Walmington evening.
I will have to watch this episode again soon ...i remember switching on the subtitles when Fraser swears in the direction of Captain Mainwaring when they just land on the pier....what he said was really funny in the subs(because you couldnt make it out with his actual voice)
I always thought he said ach go away and die you slanty government git lol.
it was something similar!.....will have to watch it again with sub titles up....i think there are a few tirades from Fraser that its hard to pick...when i rewatch the dvds will have to put the subtitles up...will be interesting to hear what they do actually say..