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Season 9 Episode 1

The Sweet Smell of Success

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Apr 22, 1983 on BBC
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The Sweet Smell of Success
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Mrs. Slocombe sells her home-made perfume. After a misunderstanding, Mrs. Peacock finds Captain Peacock without his pants (perfume had spilled on them) and the ill-fated trousers in the hands of Mr. Rumbold's secretary.

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Michael Sharvell-Martin

Michael Sharvell-Martin

Handsome Customer

Guest Star

Rex Robinson

Rex Robinson

Military Customer

Guest Star

Doremy Vernon

Doremy Vernon

Canteen Manageress

Recurring Role

Candy Davis

Candy Davis

Mr Rumbold's Secretary

Recurring Role

Diana King

Diana King

Mrs Peacock

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the canteen the staff sing 'Brother Can You Spare a Dime', the 1930 song by Harburg and Gorney.

    • Mr Rumbold's department seems to have moved again in the store. Whereas in the previous season it was mentioned several times that Ladies and Gentlemen's Apparel could be found on the first floor (second floor in American terms), it is now on the fourth floor (fifth in America). Of course, this lapse in consistency may be the result of a plot line. If they were on the first floor, a broken lift wouldn't be much of a problem.

    • In this episode we learn that Mrs Slocombe is sales assistant 193 and Mr Humphries sales assistant 4711. (The latter is an obvious reference to the famous Eau de Cologne brand.)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mrs Slocombe: I love the aroma of flowers. When I smell them in the house. It makes me feel all light and gay.
      Mr Humphries: Come to think of it, my mother used to take me to the botanical gardens a lot when I was a boy. She's got a lot to answer for.

    • Harman: What's that pong?
      Miss Brahms: It's Mrs Slocombe's perfume, from the Garden of Eden!
      Harman: Blimey, she's older than I thought she was.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Singing to himself while cleaning, Mr Harman wishes that Arthur Scargill go and live in Peking. Scargill was the leader of the Miner's Union at the time the episode aired. Apparently Scargill was a bit too extreme (read: communist), even for a good union man such as Harman.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1957 movie titled, Sweet Smell of Success. It was a film noir. It starred Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis.

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