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Jeeves and Wooster: The Gambling Event

Thirty years ago, Uncle George fell in love with a barmaid, and Aunt Agatha has never forgotten the marriage that almost was. Now feeling his age, Uncle George decides to renew his youth by taking up with another barmaid; Aunt Agatha will have none of this and offers Bertie money to put a stop to things. Jeeves invites the young lady and her aunt around for tea with Bertie and Uncle George, who is much surprised to find that the aunt is the barmaid he was in love with thirty years ago. A marriage is still in the works, but now, Uncle George is determined to marry his long-lost love.

In an attempt to escape Aunt Agatha's anger, Bertie flees to Twing Hall, where he finds that Bingo Little has a series of bets going on the local fair events; with the help of Jeeves, Bertie manages to come out ahead in the betting.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Sunday May 06th, 1990

Director: Robert Young (2)
Story: P.G. Wodehouse
Screenplay: Clive Exton

Guest Stars
John Duval (1)John Duval (1)
As Freddie Chalk-Marshall
Mary WimbushMary Wimbush
As Aunt Agatha Gregson
Michael RipperMichael Ripper
As Drones Porter
Michael SiberryMichael Siberry
As Bingo Little
Richard BraineRichard Braine
As Rupert Steggles
Richard DixonRichard Dixon
As Oofy Prosser
Richard StirlingRichard Stirling
As Boko Fittleworth
Ben DavisBen Davis
As Harold Harmsworth
Beryl KingBeryl King
As Mrs. Penworthy
Charles MillhamCharles Millham
As Freddie Widgeon
Cheryl PayCheryl Pay
As Mavis
Deddie DaviesDeddie Davies
As Serving Lady
Georgia Allen (1)Georgia Allen (1)
As Hildegarde
Helena MichellHelena Michell
As Cynthia
Jack MayJack May
As Vicar
Jack WatlingJack Watling
As Lord Wickhammersley
James PattenJames Patten
As Ted Tucker
Kelly CryerKelly Cryer
As Myrtle
Margaret LawleyMargaret Lawley
As Serving Lady
Nicholas SelbyNicholas Selby
As Uncle George Wooster
Norman LumsdenNorman Lumsden
As Buffers Porter
Paula JacobsPaula Jacobs
As Maud Wilberforce
Richenda CareyRichenda Carey
As Lady Wickhammersley
Ruth BurnettRuth Burnett
As Beryl
Main Cast
Stephen FryStephen Fry
As Jeeves
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Bertie Wooster
Episode Notes
Bertie sings "Good Night, Vienna" composed by Eric Maschwitz and Simon Posford, and made famous by Jack Buchanan in the 1932 movie of the same name.

We learn that Bingo Little's real first name is Richard.

Episode Quotes
Bertie: Do you know what my Uncle George is thinking of doing, Jeeves?
Jeeves: Contracting a matrimonial alliance, Sir?
Bertie: Good Lord, how'd you know that?
Jeeves: Oddly enough, I happen to be acquainted with the other party in the matter.

Jeeves: One must remember, however, that it is not unusual to find gentlemen of a certain age yielding to a sentimental urge. The phenomenon is particularly noticeable, I'm given to understand, in the United States of America, amongst the wealthier inhabitants of the city of Pittsburgh. It's notorious. I'm told that sooner or later, unless restrained, they always endeavor to marry a chorus girl. The high turn-over rate of chorus girls in the State of Pennsylvania has been a matter of comment for some time in the public print.
Bertie: Are you finished, Jeeves?
Jeeves: Thank you, Sir, yes.

Bertie: I just think you're going to find it dashed embarrassing offering this girl money.
Aunt Agatha: I'm not proposing to do any such thing. You will undertake the negotiations.
Bertie: Me?
Aunt Agatha: Certainly.

Maud Wilberforce: You're a funny sort of doctor!
Bertie: Doctor?
Maud Wilberforce: Aren't you the doctor?
Bertie: No!
Maud Wilberforce: (laughing) Oh, you'll be the death of me! And me showing you all I got!

Aunt Agatha: I have never heard anything so spineless in all my life!
Bertie: Well... I'm sorry! Can a chap say more? You know, I lost my nerve... could have happened to anyone!
Aunt Agatha: Not to anyone with a spine!

Jeeves: I have information regarding the choir boys' handicap, Sir. The probable winner of that event is even now under the very roof of Twing Hall; Harold, Sir, the page boy.
Bertie: I don't see it, Jeeves; he's practically circular.
Jeeves: The boy is a flier, Sir.
Bertie: How do you know?
Jeeves: I happened to be pursuing him this morning with a view to catching him a clip on the side of the head.
Bertie: Great Scott, Jeeves! You?
Jeeves: The lad is of an outspoken disposition, Sir, and had made an opprobrious remark respecting my appearance.
Bertie: What did he say about your appearance?
Jeeves: I do not recall, Sir, but it was opprobrious. I attempted to correct him, but he out-distanced me by yards and made good his escape.
Bertie: This is sensational!

Bingo: Suppose I lose though?
Bertie: You can't possibly lose! Your youngest competitor is 65 and his bunions were him up this morning.

Cultural References
(after playing and singing "Good Night, Vienna")
Bertie: I heard it at the cinema last night...

The movie that Bertie saw the previous evening was Good Night, Vienna, starring Jack Buchanan who sang the title song. It was released in the U.K. in March, 1932.

Jeeves: If I might paraphrase the poet, Sir, I think we should be valiant, but not too venturous.

Jeeves is quoting John Lyly, from his poem "Euphues," written in 1579.

Bertie: You know what Kipling said: the F of the S is more D than the M.

Bertie is referring to Rudyard Kipling, born in 1865 in India of British parents. He wrote numerous novels, short stories and poems, and was very popular in the early 20th century. The poem that Bertie is referring to is "The Female of the Species," written in 1911, the first verse of which is:
When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Bertie: The rank is but the penny stamp.
Jeeves: The guinea stamp, Sir. The poet Burns was writing at a time...

"The poet Burns" is Robert Burns, born in Scotland in 1759; died 1796. Bertie is (mis)quoting the first stanza of "A Man's A Man For A' That," which was written in 1795.

Episode References
(upon hearing that Bingo is in love with Myrtle)
Bertie: What happened to Daphne?
Bingo: Daphne?
Bertie: The one who came after Honoria.

Bingo was in love with Honoria, then Daphne in the episode Jeeves' Arrival. According to Bertie, those events took place only a week and a half before this episode.

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