Dad's Army

Season 4 Episode 9

Mum's Army

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Aired Wednesday 8:20 PM Nov 20, 1970 on BBC
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Mum's Army
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Captain Mainwaring decides to enlist women to the platoon to assist with the war effort. After initial interviews go rather less than satisfactory, a Mrs. Fiona Grey walks into his office and into his life. Mainwaring is flattered that Fiona not only has similar views to him about the war, but also is complementary about his persona. He finds himself falling in love, unfortunately the men very quickly realise and start to gossip behind his back and Fiona decides to leave, but can Mainwaring get to the station in time to stop her?moreless

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    John Le Mesurier

    John Le Mesurier

    Sergeant Arthur Wilson

    Clive Dunn

    Clive Dunn

    Lance Corporal Jack Jones

    John Laurie

    John Laurie

    Private James Frazer

    James Beck

    James Beck

    Private Joe Walker

    Arnold Ridley

    Arnold Ridley

    Private Charles Godfrey

    Ian Lavender

    Ian Lavender

    Private Frank Pike

    Carmen Silvera

    Carmen Silvera

    Mrs Fiona Gray

    Guest Star

    Wendy Richard

    Wendy Richard

    Edith Parish

    Guest Star

    Jack Le White

    Jack Le White

    The Porter

    Guest Star

    Janet Davies

    Janet Davies

    Mrs. Pike

    Recurring Role

    Pamela Cundell

    Pamela Cundell

    Mrs. Fox

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (16)

      • Phraseometer
        0 = You stupid boy! Mainwaring
        0 = I wondered who'd be the first to spot that one Mainwaring
        1 = Permission to speak sir! Jones
        0 = Don't panic! Don't panic! Jones
        0 = I'd like to volunteer... Jones
        0 = They don't like it up 'em Jones
        0 = We're doomed! Frazer
        0 = Put that light out! Hodges

      • Fiona: You can't afford scandle or tittle-tattle!
        Mainwaring: I tell you I don't care!
        Fiona: But there's the bank!
        Mainwaring: Damn the bloody bank!

      • Fiona: People are talking!
        Mainwaring: People always talk, who cares about that?
        Fiona: But there's your wife!
        Mainwaring: Nobody will talk to her! She hasn't been out of the house since Munich!

      • Jones: Mrs. Cross is a very good friend of mine, but there's nothing in it! Don't tell Mrs. Fox though will you? I mean, I give her pieces for her cat and on her part she keeps me company from time to time.

      • Mainwaring: (about Walker) Heart of gold that man, do anything to you... f-for you!

      • Walker: 'ere, I think that's a good idea sir, then you could come in and say 'Good evening ladies, what nice straws [draws] you're wearing!'

      • Jones: It's the same as in the American civil war, you know that war they had over in America sir, they had a similar trouble because all the soldiers they got in it, they were rough country yokels and most of them didn't know their hmm hmm hmm from their elbows you see sir. They got a very ingenious idea sir, they tied a piece of straw to one boot sir and a bit of hay to the other boot sir. When the commanding man wanted to turn left he shouted 'HAY TURN!' or alternatively 'STRAW TURN!' depending on whether the straw was on the left foot or whether it was on the other foot. But they had to get themselves organised so all the men had to have either the straw on the left foot or... is that any use to you sir?

      • Edith: Blimey what a way to win a war!
        Godfrey: The captain knows best you know, you ought to listen to what he's saying.
        Mainwaring: Godfrey, look to your front, stop staring at the ladies.
        Walker: Yeah , quite right, he's woman mad he is, woman mad!

      • Mainwaring I hadn't noticed that that girls got very big thighs, had you?
        Wilson: They're just a bit on the long side, that's all really.
        Mainwaring: Mmmyes.

      • Frazer: Captain Mainwaring, may I point out that Mrs. Ironside here is doing it very, very well,Her legs are coming together with a firm. strong action (slaps his hands together) just you listen sir!
        Mainwaring: Thank you Frazer(!)

      • Mainwaring: That was very sloppy... Not you Mrs. Grey, that was very good. Now I want you to stand upright, stomach in, chest out.
        Jones: Not you Mrs. Fox, that's very good!

      • Mainwaring: Now here comes the tricky bit. At the same time you put the hands down by the sides with the thumbs in line with the seems of the trousers, Thus.
        Jones: Permission to speak sir!
        Mainwaring: Yes?
        Jones: These ladies are not wearing trousers sir, because they're ladies you see.
        Walker: Well perhaps they could put their thumbs down the side of their knickers!

      • Mavis: Lot of red-tape nonesense!
        Pike: No talking in the ranks Mum!
        Mainwaring: Pike, no talking in the ranks!

      • Fiona: Captain Mainwaring, may I ask you something awefully personal?
        Mainawring: Yes?
        Fiona: Do you always wear glasses?
        Mainwaring: (laughing) Yes. Yes I always have.
        Fiona: Would you take them off for a moment?
        (He removes his glasses.)
        Fiona: Oh, that's so much better. Do you know, I think specti... well they, they take away the warmth in a persons eyes, just as a fireguard takes away so much of the heat.

      • Mainwaring: Where do you live Miss Usher...erberber Parish!
        Edith: Down Berwick Road, 35. I live with my Dad, he's six foot three so don't you go getting any ideas!

      • Frazer: The lassie from the gas light and coke company cannee be hear tonight Sir but I've asked her and she's very keen to join. She's just the sort we need sir; Fine firm bodied lassie, Sonsy you understand, with big strong thighs!

    • NOTES (4)

      • Analysis: Mainwaring in Love
        This is a landmark episode for the character of George Mainwaring. Having spent so long with his overbearing wife he's forgotten his true self. Fiona reminds him that he can be happy after all. So when Fiona tries to leave he panics, and begs her to stay, telling her he'll casually discard his wife, the bank and the platoon. But it's not to be and we leave this episode seeing Mainwaring lonely once again.

      • It is revealed that Mainwaring is practically blind when he removes his glasses, he can't read, has difficulty identifying people and consistantly walks into things.

      • First appearance of a new Coffee shop set. It's used many times later in the series.

      • The only Dad's Army episode with a serious and dramatic ending.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Jones: "They got a very ingenious idea sir, they tied a piece of straw to one boot sir and a bit of hay to the other boot sir."

        Jones' story about the American Civil war may be long winded but he's actually right.

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