"once used by a lot of soldiers"
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 01/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"--Mr. Harmon's perceived reading of Mrs. Slocombe's medical report.
Of the DVDs in the Season 6-10 boxed set of the AYBS? series, volume 9 is the best. It contains six episodes--and all six are winners. In The Junior, the staff must choose an applicant to fill the space left by Mr. Tebbs' retirement (at first, a junior position as Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas were to be promoted). The funniest part of this episode is when one of the applicants bears a little too strong a resemblance to Mr. Humphries who remarks "We don't want people like that working here." In this episode, Alfie Bass as Mr. Goldberg is introduced. Of the three characters who tried to replace Mr. Grainger as the senior salesman, Goldberg was the only one that worked. Mr. Tebbs seemed like a cheap imitation of Grainger and Mr. Klein was so unmemorable, you almost forget he was there. Goldberg, however, provided a spark and, right away, gets "up the nose" of Col. (oops, Capt.) Peacock with memories of their army days. In Strong Stuff This Insurance, the staff must undergo medical exams for a pension bonus plan. The guys get caught with their pants (and everything else) down and the staff mistake Mr. Harmon's reading of appraisals of Young Mr. Grace's antique furniture for their medical reports. In The Apartment, Mrs. Slocombe finds squatters in her new house and must spend the night in the store. Due to a transport strike, she gets many visitors, including Mr. Humphries who she tries to put the moves on! Mrs. Slocombe takes over Mr. Rumbold's position in Mrs. Slocombe, Senior Person (the temporary promotion does not go to her head as much as it did Mr. Grainger, when he once got the position). In The Hero, the staff (and the store) find out Capt. Peacock has a boil on his "bum." They try not to be "cheeky" about it but, when word spreads, Peacock finds himself scheduled to box Mr. Franco in sports who first revealed the "misfortune" (played by wrestler Jackie "Mr. TV" Pallo). Finally, the staff takes over the canteen for a day in Anything You Can Do and, for once, seem to work well together. If you are unsure about getting the Season 6-10 boxed set, volume 9 represents the best of the last half of the series."