Going Straight

Season 1 Episode 5

Going, Going, Gone

Aired Unknown Mar 31, 1978 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Going, Going, Gone
When Fletch tries to prevent a crime from happening at his new place of work, he runs the risk of getting arrested for it himself. Meanwhile Ingrid urges Lennie to tell her father their big news.

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  • They finally get it right.

    The fifth episode of this short series finally reaches the level of Porridge, its originator. The viewer gets to sympathise with ex-con Fletcher, the plot is full of surprises and Lennie takes up his role again of Fletcher's innocent alter ego. First of all there is Fletcher's disappointment with his pay packet and his revenge on the two inspectors harassing him. Especially the latter could come straight from a scene in Slade Prison. The plot nicely keeps you guessing and offers a great final line. (It's also wonderful to see two sitcom giants, Barker and Hawthorne, perform in the same show.) The character of Lennie had been underused so far, and in this episode the Porridge dichotomy of world-weary Fletcher and innocent Godber comes back to life. Perhaps the show should have stuck to the hotel setting, but, then again, Fawlty Towers had taken in that area some years earlier.moreless
Nicholas Lyndhurst

Nicholas Lyndhurst

Raymond Fletcher 1978 - 1978

Ronnie Barker

Ronnie Barker

Norman Stanley Fletcher 1978 - 1978

Richard Beckinsale

Richard Beckinsale

Lennie Godber 1978 - 1978

Patricia Brake

Patricia Brake

Ingrid Fletcher 1978 - 1978

Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne

Worm Wellings

Guest Star

Lally Bowers

Lally Bowers

Mrs Appleby

Guest Star

Rikki Howard

Rikki Howard


Guest Star

David Swift (I)

David Swift (I)

Mr McEwan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Fletcher: What's that?

      McEwan: A pay packet. Have you never seen one before?

      Fletcher: No, my money usually goes straight into a bank. Or straight out of it, if you know what I mean.

    • Inspector Crowther: Where have you been?

      Fletcher: Work.

      Inspector Crowther: Work? Pull the other one!

      Fletcher: I heard you haven't got another one...

    • Ingrid: When we live somewhere nice, people are going to ask how I met my husband. And I'm going to have to say: "He shared a cell with my dad."

    • Mrs Appleby: I'm going to see a new play. I'm told it's rather sordid and sexually explicit.
      Fletcher: (shocked) Oh dear!
      Mrs Appleby: I do hope so. It's 3.50 a ticket.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Fletcher: Not much to laugh at these days. Not since Mastermind finished.

      Mastermind is a long-running, highbrow quiz show on BBC television. Fletcher probably refers to the many occasions when very smart people got simple questions wrong.

    • Fletcher: Come on, Billy Graham.

      Fletcher compares Lenny, who tries to convince Wellings to stay on the right side of the law, to American evangelist Billie Graham, adviser to many US presidents.

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