Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is a beloved British sitcom whose main humour comes from the pratfalls and comedic stunts of the lead actor. Frank Spencer is a well-meaning and sweet guy, but he is terribly bumbling and accident prone.. His wife Betty loves him and dotes on him but is constantly anxious for his safety as Frank stumbles and crashes his way through life, turning day to day life into an ongoing but hilarious disaster area.

BBC
2 Seasons, 13 Episodes
February 15, 1973
Comedy
7.6/10
Cast: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice
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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Full Episode Guide

  • Frank is working as a captain on board a riverboat. He beaches the boat on a mud flat and is sacked. Meanwhile at home, Betty makes a secret appointment with Doctor Smedley who confirms that she is pregnant. Betty returns home and tries to break the news to Frank, who thinks the "little addition" to the family is a reference to getting a pet. Eventually the news sinks in and Frank vows to try to win the pools to get enough money to support the child. Frank visits Dr. Smedley's maternity clinic in order to get some advice on the pregnancy and to show Dr. Smedley the somewhat undersized crib he has built. That afternoon, Frank attends a job interview at a camp. His first act is a ventriloquist's dummy called Marvin in the form of a gorilla with a human head - Frank having reversed his car over the proper head. After destroying a microphone, he also demonstrates his other "talents": singing an appalling rendition of ?Early One Morning? whilst doing a dance. Reaching into his pocket for the lyrics, he accidentally sets off his "Vesuvius" - a human firework display. He is extinguished by gallons of foam pumped over him from a foam-generating machine.

  • After being sacked from his job with the water board for getting stuck down a sewer, Frank attends a residential course in public relations. On his first evening, Frank joins the other students in an automated canteen that dispenses food from a machine. Frank gets a plate of baked beans by mistake and attempts to stuff them back inside the machine, causing the machine to malfunction and cover everybody in food. Later, in the dormitory, Frank bursts his hot-water bottle and accidentally manages to squirt the contents over an aggressively militant co-attendee on the course. The angry student retaliates by emptying the rest of the water over Frank's bed. However, he has got the wrong bed and a fight ensues. The following morning, the students are nursing their wounds as the first session begins. Frank is selected to take a part in a role-play exercise but starts an argument when he uses insulting phrases - picked up from the militant student - against the course instructor. Convinced the instructor is a quack, the other students walk out of the course. The angry instructor chases Frank out of the grounds.

  • Frank is getting overexcited because of his forthcoming R.A.F. reunion evening. He is dreaming that he is a World War II pilot, heroically rescuing Betty from the rough antics of some American soldiers. As he wrestles with them, he wakes to find himself fighting with the sofa. As in previous years, when he arrives at the reunion he fails to introduce himself to the Air Commodore, which leads the Commodore to become suspicious as to what exactly Frank got up to in his days in the R.A.F. As it happens, even Frank's first night in his billet started badly, with him caught changing his trousers during an inspection. Trying to hide, he got stuck in a locker, which ended up plummeting down a flight of stairs. After explaining that he joined the air force mainly because he liked the uniform ("a nice blue"), Frank was sent for an aircrew medical. During this he managed to think the hearing test was a game and passed out when he was administered some eye-drops. Frank also succeeded in breaking the gymnasium equipment when he was being tested on his team-leadership skills. When asked to perform a simple fit-the-shapes-in-the-correct-holes test, Frank used all the pieces of wood but jammed them in all the wrong holes! Bells sound and Frank wakes to find himself in bed and wearing one of Betty's night-dresses, having returned home from the reunion in a drunken state.

  • Frank is looking after his neighbor's chickens and visits the public library to find a book on the subject. He has lost his ticket but thinks he spots it in a tray of 200 other tickets on the counter. The result is the 200 tickets depositing themselves on the library floor. Hastily, Frank returns home to feed the chickens. Trying to force the fowl into the daylight, Frank knocks down the chicken house surrounding him. Though he hastily rebuilds it in a ramshackle fashion, one of the chickens later decides to shift position and it collapses again. Using his newly acquired knowledge of poultry, Frank attempts to bluff his way through a job interview with a local farm-supply firm. Amazingly, he gets the job and is given the use of a car. That weekend, Frank takes Betty on a picnic atop some cliffs on the coast. As they start to drive back home, the car jolts and they discover the car is hanging precariously over the edge of the cliff. They both manage to climb out of the car but Frank decides to climb over the top of the car in order to ditch some heavy fertilizer that he has in the boot. This results in him slipping off the car and he is left hanging onto the bumper with the sea many feet below him. Betty runs off to phone for assistance but because it's a weekend, nobody will help. Luckily, a coach of rugby players stops and hauls the car away from the cliff and Frank to safety. The Spencers return home in the car, strapped to the roof of the coach.

  • At the local job center, his staff warns the new manager that Frank Spencer is unemployable. Mr. Bradshaw doesn't believe anyone can be that bad, but he has never met anyone like Frank before. Then Frank comes in to report that he has lost his job as a window cleaner (the first day's work ended with him and a colleague dangling from a rope halfway down a tower block). He has also tried being a security guard, but the factory was robbed while he was searching for his guard dog. Bradshaw sends Frank to a firm looking for a removal man, but on the first morning Frank manages to break all the furniture and is fired. Bereft of options, Bradshaw employs Frank to help out at the job center, but an accident involving the contents of a tea-urn and an expensive computer once more results in the sack. In despair, Mr. Bradshaw suggests Frank finds a job in Australia on a sheep farm.

  • Frank has lost his job as a fireman after continually missing the fire engine. Convinced he is a failure, he decides to act upon Betty?s suggestion to consult a psychiatrist. The therapist takes him back through his past. Frank first met Betty at a riding school (where the horse tossed him into a pond). On their first date, he got trapped in the bowling alley mechanism then tore the mailbox off his front door trying to sneak Betty indoors without his aunt hearing. When he first met his prospective mother-in-law, she mistook him for the oven repairman. After demolishing her cooker, he fell downstairs, taking the carpet and banisters with him. Such a catalogue of disaster convinces the psychiatrist that Frank really is a failure and beyond help. Frank leaves the surgery a happy man, oblivious to warning shouts from a workman across the street. Seconds later he is buried under tons of gravel being dumped from the back of a truck.

  • Frank is newly married and is living with his mother-in-law, who is frustrated by him constantly breaking things. His latest attempt to "help" results in him losing the door to the coal shed. Betty buys him a new briefcase and Frank attends an interview for a sales rep of a wholesale ironmongers. Unfortunately, he gets stuck in the lift then fails to impress the manager of the company by breaking an expensive bathroom thermometer with his door-knocking technique and causing a heavy metal cupboard to collapse with him under it. His patience worn thin, the manager becomes short-tempered and shouts at his staff, who resign in protest. Frank leaves, confident of the outcome of the interview, only to get stuck in the lift again.

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