Jeeves and Wooster

Season 1 Episode 4

How Does Gussie Woo Madeline?

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 13, 1990 on ITV
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How Does Gussie Woo Madeline?
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Gussie Fink Nottle is in love with Madeline Bassett, and seeks Bertie's advice on wooing women. Aunt Dahlia demands that Bertie attend the local grammar school to hand out prizes; Bertie, looking to escape any kind of duty at all, sees a way out of both of his problems: he sends Gussie off to Brinkley Court, where Madeline is, with orders to deliver the prizes at the school. Things take a turn for the worse, and Bertie's presence is required. Arriving to find that both Gussie and Madeline, as well as Cousin Angela and her fiance, Tuppy, are on the outs, Bertie comes up with the perfect plan, and even manages to include Aunt Dahlia in his scheme in her bid to get some much-needed money for her ladies' magazine. Unfortunately, his plan has some unforeseen repercussions.moreless

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  • In which we meet Anatole.

    9.5
    This is one of the few episodes where Bertie has an idea that might actually work, and is allowed to implement it. His idea is that those wishing to win back their loved ones (or get money out of their loved ones) should ~not~ eat dinner. Now, if this were done one at a time, things might have been fine. But, unfortunately for Bertie, he gives this same piece of advice to three separate people, and they all use the ploy at the same time, causing Anatole, the chef, to quit. Another story line is the Madeline Bassett one, and that's just hilarious. To find out that Bertie was, indeed, smitten with her while in Cannes is funny enough, but to have her turn to him and belatedly accept his proposal, or what she takes to be his proposal, is even funnier. This is one of the classic Wodehouse stories of mixed lines of communication, and Jeeves, of course, eventually saves the day. The actors are fantastic, and the scenery, the setting at Brinkley Court, is marvellous. All in all, this is a great episode.moreless
Brenda Bruce

Brenda Bruce

Aunt Dahlia

Guest Star

Ralph Michael

Ralph Michael

Tom Travers

Guest Star

Amanda Elwes

Amanda Elwes

Angela Travers

Guest Star

Robert Daws

Robert Daws

Tuppy Glossop

Recurring Role

Francesca Folan

Francesca Folan

Madeline Bassett

Recurring Role

Richard Dixon

Richard Dixon

Oofy Prosser

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • (about Gussie Fink-Nottle)
      Bertie: What a lesson it is to us, Jeeves. In this life, you can either shut yourself up in a country house and stare into the newt-tank, or you can be a dasher with the sex. But you can't do both.

    • Gussie: Oh, Bertie! Life would be so much simpler if we were newts!
      Bertie: Yes, well... yes, I've said the same thing myself a hundred times.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Anatole: In the words of the so-called poet Shakespeare, 'If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?' Anatole shall have his revenge...ment!

      Anatole is quoting Shylock's speech from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice; "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" (Act III, scene i)

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