At the front door is Bertie’s new valet, Jeeves. Within about a minute, he cleaned Bertie’s apartment and was able to fix Bertie some concoction that completely took away his hangover. After about 8 minutes of Bertie on screen, he finally utters his first lines of dialogue. Jeeves is impressive right from the start. Helpful, all-knowing and usually having a slight air of superiority over Bertie. That afternoon, Bertie has lunch with his Aunt Agatha who has news Bertie does not want to hear. Aunt Agatha wants Bertie to marry Honoria Glossop. She is a very sporty, outgoing and strong woman. Probably not the best fit for Bertie yet he has no choice but to go out to the country and see her. At the Glossop Manor, Bertie finds out that his buddy Bingo Little has a crush on her so it is in Bertie’s best interest to get them to fall in love with each other. Bertie has a plan, which only Bertie could come up with, which has him pushing a small child off a bridge while Honoria is there so Bingo can rush out of the bushes jump in the water and save the small boy. Everything is set and the kid is pushed off the bridge. The only problem is that Bingo isn’t there. Bertie jumps in to save the kid. Where is Bingo? Well, even though at one point he was absolutely in love with the muscular Honoria, he has now found a new love and plans to play golf with her.
This incident makes Honoria adore Bertie and the only obstacle to married bliss is her parents. Now, Bertie already had breakfast at the manor with them and that didn’t really go to well. Now, back in London, Aunt Agatha has set up for Honoria’s parents Sir Roderick and Lady Glossop to dine at Bertie’s home. Bertie is all set, with Jeeves employed by Bertie nothing should go wrong except for the fact that Bertie is still going to attend dinner. Earlier in the day, friends from the club Bertie often resides in drove passed Sir Roderick and stole his hat right off of his head. Now at dinner, Bertie is really trying his best. After figuring out the seating arrangements which had all three members circle around the table multiple times, they sit down only for Sir Roderick to start hearing cats meowing. How is this possible? This is the worst possible thing that could happen since both Sir Roderick and Lady Glossop have an actual fear of cats. Earlier in the day, after the guys nicked the hat from Sir Roderick, they dropped by Bertie’s to see if he could hold onto the hat and also some cats that they got in some kind of trade. Now, these guys had no idea who Sir Roderick was or that they knew that Bertie knew him. Jeeves just agreed to hold on to everything. So at dinner, when Sir Roderick starts getting angry that he is hearing cats, Bertie assures him there are no cats and even opens to the door to show that there are no cats in the room. Of course, when he opens the door, three run out of the room. To add insult to injury, Sir Roderick asks for his coat and Bertie hands him his coat and his hat…..which was stolen earlier in the day. The engagement seems to be off. Now, was this Jeeves knowing his employers situation well enough to steer events in the right way to get Bertie out of his predicament? Of course it was! This is going to be the start of a beautiful relationship!
I lump this series along with another one, All Creatures Great & Small. It is funny, it is gentle, and by the time the end credits roll I have a smile on my face. This episode is not complicated and in some ways Jeeves is almost a super hero. He is perfect. Bertie remarks how Jeeves sure knows an awful lot of stuff and asks him, is there anything you don’t know? Jeeves pauses for a moment and replies, “I don’t know sir!” Great stuff! There is a great moment where Bertie is singing at his piano “Minnie the Moocher” and tries to get Jeeves to sing the response. He needs Jeeves to sing :
I watched this from the 2008 UK re-release of the entire series. It says it was digitally remastered. When I originally looked at it, I didn’t think there was much difference but after watching this episode, I noticed how great it looks and it is so much better looking than the A&E set. It was last released in the US in 2002. It was shot on 16mm film and as long as the film sequences still exist, there is no reason why we couldn’t see a Blu ray release like we have with Poirot which certainly hails from that same time. This would be great to see in the best quality possible.
If you have never seen this series, I have some options listed below. This is a great, great series and since it was set in a certain period of time, it never ages. To me, this will always be the definitive article.
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