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Jeeves and Wooster: Pearls Mean Tears

Aunt Agatha has found the perfect girl for Bertie: Aline Hemmingway, sister of a Curate. Requesting Bertie's presence at the seaside resort of Westcomb-On-Sea so that she can introduce the two, Aunt Agatha promotes Aline as a good, solid, honest girl; Bertie, however, finds both her and her brother deadly dull. The Reverand suffers a financial set-back and looks to Bertie for assistance; Aline offers her pearls as collateral, which Bertie accepts then promptly loses. Aunt Agatha, meanwhile, seems to have lost her pearls as well, and is turning the hotel upside-down to find them. Jeeves comes to the rescue and manages to find the pearls that Bertie lost as well as Aunt Agatha's in one fell swoop.

While in Westcomb-On-Sea, Bertie bumps into his old pal, Biffy Bingham, who is in love with Mabel, but can't remember her last name. Biffy, who makes Bertie look intelligent, has accidentally become engaged to Honoria Glossop as well, and wants Bertie's help in removing himself from this entanglement. Jeeves brings the matter to a satisfactory conclusion for Biffy, although not for Bertie.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x3
Airdate: Sunday April 28th, 1991

Director: Simon Langton
Story: P.G. Wodehouse
Screenplay: Clive Exton

Guest Stars
Mary WimbushMary Wimbush
As Aunt Agatha Gregson
Elizabeth KettleElizabeth Kettle
As Honoria Glossop
Jane DownsJane Downs
As Lady Glossop
Roger BrierleyRoger Brierley
As Sir Roderick Glossop
Richard DixonRichard Dixon
As Oofy Prosser
Martin ClunesMartin Clunes
As Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps
John Duval (1)John Duval (1)
As Freddie Widgeon
Colette ForbesColette Forbes
As Chorus Girl
Rebecca SaireRebecca Saire
As Aline Hemingway
Graham SeedGraham Seed
As Sidney Hemingway
Philip ShelleyPhilip Shelley
As Biffy Bingham
Steph BramwellSteph Bramwell
As Thompson
Phillip ReaderPhillip Reader
As Superintendent
Robert AldousRobert Aldous
As Manager
Natalie AbbottNatalie Abbott
As Chambermaid
Salli RandiSalli Randi
As Chorus Girl
Joanna RidingJoanna Riding
As Chorus Girl
Lucy BlairLucy Blair
As Chorus Girl
Jane Spencer PriorJane Spencer Prior
As Choreography
Main Cast
Stephen FryStephen Fry
As Jeeves
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Bertie Wooster
Episode Notes
The song that Bertie sings in the episode is "Sunny Disposish", composed by Philip Charig and Ira Gershwin. The first recording of this song was in 1926, by Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra.

Episode Quotes
Bertie: Have you ever seen a floral clock, Jeeves?
Jeeves: I've not had that pleasure, Sir.
Bertie: Oh, well, don't. Have nothing whatever to do with floral clocks. If a friend says, 'Just one more floral clock can't do you any harm,' be firm.
Jeeves: I shall do as you recommend, Sir.

Aunt Agatha: The Innmouth Museum is renowned for its collection of napped flints.
Bertie: Ah, well, that's the trouble, you see... only last week, the doctor said I wasn't even to look at another napped flint. Sad, I know, but...
Aunt Agatha: Don't talk drivel, Bertie. And stand up straight!

Bertie: Did we hear from Biffy again, Jeeves?
Jeeves: Mr. Bingham? No, Sir.
Bertie: No, probably forgotten all about it. Biffy's got the worst memory you've ever come across, Jeeves. Compared with Biffy, I come out as one of the ten great minds of modern times.

Sidney Hemingway: Ah, Mr. Wooster, I trust you have searched the innermost recesses of your heart.
Bertie: Yes, I bally-well have. And the innermost recesses of my bank account.
Sidney Hemingway: I'm sure you'll find your reward in Heaven.
Bertie: Hmm... no chance of anything a bit earlier, I suppose?
(Sidney and Aline laugh)

Biffy: Is it really true you were once engaged to Honoria?
Bertie: It is.
Biffy: How on earth did you manage to get out... I mean, uh, what was the nature of the tragedy that prevented your marriage?

Episode References
Biffy: (to Bertie) Is it really true you were once engaged to Honoria?

Bertie and Honoria Glossop were engaged very briefly in the series 1 episode Jeeves' Arrival.

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