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Erotic Dreams of Mrs. Slocombe (#152)

Mrs. Slocombe has dreams in which she and Mr. Humphries become romantically embroiled. [29 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: The ridiculous goings-on at Grace Bros. have kept audiences laughing since 1973. This tongue-in-cheek farce, by top writers Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, is one of BBC's best-selling classic comedies, especially in America, where its success is phenomenal. A large, old-fashioned department store in London, Grace Bros. is still run on strictly hierarchical lines. Each member of staff knows their place -- in theory. In practice, they are all engaged in their own private wars with management and with each other.

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  • Are You Being Served (#101)

    The Ladies' Intimate Apparel must share a floor of Grace Brothers department store with the Gentlemen's Department. In fact, Mr. Grainger is forced to take down his trousers and let Mrs. Slocombe put her knickers there instead. [28 minutes]

  • Dear Sexy Knickers (#102)

    Mr. Lucas continues his attempts to win the heart (or at least the body) of Miss Brahms, this time through a love letter addressed to " Sexy Knickers". His attempt at delivery creates even greater problems, however, as Mrs. Slocombe receives the note and assumes it is from Captain Peacock. [28 minutes]

  • Our Figures Are Slipping (#103)

    The staff are concerned about the decrease in sales. Mr. Rumbold decides to hold a staff training session for the departments on Captain Peacock's floor, but the staff find its timing most unfortunate. [29 minutes]

  • Camping In (#104)

    The staff must spend the night in Grace Brothers due to a transport strike, camping out in tents on the sales floor. Mrs. Slocombe refuses to share her tent with Miss Brahms, who then won't leave Captain Peacock's. Mr. Lucas has great trouble getting his to stay up (which is unusual for him). [29 minutes]

  • His and Hers (#105)

    A perfume retailer causes agitation among the staff by giving away free ties and knickers with each sale. The sales staff feel she will reduce their sales, but Captain Peacock's agitation is of an entirely different sort -- he immediately attempts to chat her up. [30 minutes]

  • Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend (#106)

    A wealthy client loses a valuable diamond in the store. A reward is offered for the missing diamond, but at the same time a shipment of rhinestones is dropped in the store. The staff each finds a rhinestone which they think is the missing diamond. [29 minutes]

  • Clock (#107)

    Mr. Grace misunderstands and accepts a clock that is Mr. Grainger's retirement present. [29 minutes]

  • Cold Comfort (#108)

    As the staff cope with a shortage of heat, Mr. Lucas creates a bewildering array of heating devices. [28 minutes]

  • Think Tank (#109)

    The staff is asked to pool their ideas for improving sales when they begin to slip. [30 minutes]

  • Big Brother (#110)

    Mr. Rumbold begins to watch the staff members' every move when surveillance cameras are installed. [28 minutes]

  • Hoorah for the Holidays (#111)

    The staff tries to choose a group holiday package when they are ordered to take vacation. [30 minutes]

  • Hand of Fate (#112)

    Everyone on staff hopes the hand of fate is working for their own particular promotion. [29 minutes]

  • Coffee Morning (#113)

    The staff protest the monitoring of their breaks in the form of a signing in and out book. [29 minutes]

  • Up Captain Peacock (#114)

    Mr. Grainger is dismayed when Captain Peacock gets to use the Executive Washroom and Dining Room. [29 minutes]

  • Cold Store (#115)

    Mr. Lucas feigns illness and pretends to sprain his ankle in an effort to get home to his girl. [28 minutes]

  • Wedding Bells (#116)

    Young Mr. Grace says he is going to marry one of the staff. Could it be Mrs. Slocombe? [29 minutes]

  • German Week (#117)

    The staff tries to promote the sale of their goods by dressing up in German fashion. [29 minutes]

  • Shoulder to Shoulder (#118)

    Tensions run high when remodeling forces the ladies' department to move into the gentlemen's. [29 minutes]

  • New Look (#119)

    The floor promotes the Great Gatsby style, complete with appropriate musical accompaniment. [29 minutes]

  • No Sale (#120)

    When the store opens earlier, the staff tries not to sell anything to avoid the longer hours. [29 minutes]

  • Top Hat and Tails (#121)

    A ballroom dance contest has the Grace Brothers staff at their elegant best. [28 minutes]

  • Forward Mr. Grainger (#122)

    Mr. Grainger temporarily takes over Mr. Rumbold's position, and Captain Peacock is envious. [29 minutes]

  • Fire Practice (#123)

    After a fire drill, attempts are made to turn the staff into escapists, anti-arsonists & paramedics. [29 minutes]

  • Fifty Years On (#124)

    The staff celebrate Mrs. Slocombe's birthday. The major task is to confirm her age. From the records they decide that she must be turning 50. But is that right? [30 minutes]

  • Oh What aTangled Web (#125)

    Captain Peacock appears to be having an affair with Miss Hazlewood and is attacked by her father. [29 minutes]

  • Mrs. Slocombe Expects (#126)

    Mrs. Slocombe requests leave in order to have a baby, but the expectant mother is her cat. [28 minutes]

  • Change Is as Good as a Rest (#127)

    Mr. Grace orders the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Wear into the toy department. They warm to the change. [30 minutes]

  • Founder's Day (#128)

    The staff compiles a retrospective for Mr. Grace's 80th birthday so he can be brought to full glory. [28 minutes]

  • Old Order Changes (#129)

    Mr. Grace makes the staff perform different sales gimmicks after he visits the U.S. and China. [30 minutes]

  • Takeover (#130)

    The staff prevents a firm's hostile takeover of Grace Brothers by impersonating the shareholders. [29 minutes]

  • Goodbye Mr. Grainger (#131)

    The staff decides Mr. Grainger must be let go because of his temper, but then he wins the lottery. [28 minutes]

  • It Pays to Advertise (#132)

    The staff star in a TV commercial for Grace Brothers, produced by Mr. Humphries. [29 minutes]

  • By Appointment (#133)

    Mrs. Slocombe accidentally pushes a flower pot out the window, narrowly missing the Queen. [29 minutes]

  • Club (#134)

    Young Mr. Grace invites the staff to form a social club, in a dismal cellar in need of decoration. [29 minutes]

  • Do You Take This Man (#135)

    Mrs. Slocombe stages a wedding with a bouzouki player she met in a Greek restaurant. [30 minutes]

  • Shedding the Load (#136)

    Sales figures are down and profits are low. Someone is going to have to go, but who is it to be? [29 minutes]

  • Bliss Girl (#137)

    When a new display of perfume arrives from Bliss, Mr. Humphries becomes the Bliss Girl for the day. [29 minutes]

  • Happy Returns (#138)

    The staff plan a more festive event for Young Mr. Grace's birthday than the traditional free lunch. [29 minutes]

  • Junior (#139)

    The staff learns that the newly hired Mr. Goldberg has served under the Captain in the army. [30 minutes]

  • Strong Stuff This Insurance (#140)

    The staff hears Mr. Harman describing the state of the furniture and think he is talking about them. [28 minutes]

  • Apartment (#141)

    Mrs. Slocombe moves into a display apartment in Grace Brothers. Mr. Humphries seeks to join her. [29 minutes]

  • Mrs. Slocombe, Senior Person (#142)

    When Mr. Rumbold gets ill, Mrs. Slocombe takes his place, but eats the ice cream that made him sick. [30 minutes]

  • Hero (#143)

    Captain Peacock is challenged to a boxing match by a member of another department, but he backs out. [29 minutes]

  • Anything You Can Do (#144)

    The staff complains about the Grace Brothers' food and are told to prepare food on their own. [27 minutes]

  • Agent (#145)

    The staff get raises when it's found that Mr. Goldberg is running an agency to get them better jobs. [29 minutes]

  • Is It Catching (#146)

    The staff is quarantined in the basement when they contract a strange tropical illness. [29 minutes]

  • Personal Problem (#147)

    When Captain Peacock's wife becomes Mr. Rumbold's secretary, he thinks they are having an affair. [28 minutes]

  • Front Page Story (#148)

    When Mr. Humphries becomes the new staff magazine editor, the staff isn't please with his stories. [29 minutes]

  • Sit Out (#149)

    The staff go on strike after being threatened with a pay cut or being moved to the basement. [28 minutes]

  • Heir Apparent (#150)

    Old Mr. Grace becomes convinced that Mr. Humphries is his long-lost son. [27 minutes]

  • Closed Circuit (#151)

    Grace Brothers begins displaying advertisements on closed circuit television throughout the store. [29 minutes]

  • Sweet Smell of Sucess (#153)

    Mrs. Peacock finds Captain Peacock without his pants, because he has spilled perfume on them. [27 minutes]

  • Conduct Unbecoming (#154)

    Mr. Humphries is accused of stealing and his distinguished career could end in disgrace. [30 minutes]

  • Memories Are Made of This (#155)

    When a golf pro hits Mrs. Slocombe, she thinks she's a little girl and wrecks havoc on the store. [28 minutes]

  • Calling All Customers (#156)

    When the staff perform a play on CB radio, the store becomes swamped by truck drivers. [29 minutes]

  • Monkey Business (#157)

    When the store might be bought by the Japanese the staff visits Mrs. Thatcher at Number 10. [29 minutes]

  • Lost and Found (#158)

    Mrs. Slocombe's cat is missing. Mr. Humphries comforts her and becomes Tiddles' replacement. [29 minutes]

  • Goodbye Mrs. Slocombe (#159)

    When Mrs. Slocombe is forcibly retired, Mr. Humphries and Captain Peacock get her job back. [30 minutes]

  • Grounds for Divorce (#160)

    Captain Peacock's marriage is in trouble. Miss Bagnold turns out to be his unwanted paramour. [30 minutes]

  • Hold Up (#161)

    When two ruthless criminals enter the store, the staff hatch an incredible plan that almost works. [30 minutes]

  • Gambling Fever (#162)

    Mr. Humphries mimes a horse race to the staff over the security camera from the sports department. [30 minutes]

  • Night Club (#163)

    The staff film a commercial for a nightclub inside the store, but the picture gets lost. [29 minutes]

  • Friends and Neighbors (#164)

    The staff are offered accommodation on the premises to save time and money on traveling. [30 minutes]

  • Pop Star (#165)

    Spooner is signed by a record company when his vocal talents are discovered during the staff show. [30 minutes]

  • Christmas Cracker 1975 (#166)

    The holidays are at hand and the staff dress up to try to boost sales. Mrs. Slocombe dresses as Robin Hood, which explains the funny quiver she has in back. The department is remodeled, and they enjoy their holiday dinner in the canteen. [28 minutes]

  • Christmas 1976, Father Christmas Affair (#167)

    Everyone wants to play Father Christmas after a mechanical version flashes the staff and crushes a small boy. Who will finally be selected to personify the season? [29 minutes]

  • Christmas 1979, Punch and Judy (#168)

    [30 minutes]

  • Christmas 1981 (#169)

    [30 minutes]

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