‘PALE HANDS I LOVE’
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In this ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ episode, the Sgt-Major is still smitten with Daphne Waddilove-Evans’ maid, Yasuko Nagazumi as Ling Soo. She previously appeared in the Series 2 episode ‘Forbidden Fruits’. I wonder how many people recall Ling Soo’s character when they watched the series in 1976.
This episode doesn’t even feature Margaret Courtenay as Daphne Waddilove-Evans from the ‘Forbidden Fruits’ episode. You’d think a Daphne Waddilove-Evans appearance would be required when Ling Soo makes an appearance in this episode. And Ling Soo only appears twice in the series. 😐
More on that in a bit. The Sgt-Major hopes to marry Ling Soo and perhaps help out in a Chinese restaurant with her father, Robert Lee as Chung Soo. It doesn’t go well when the order-taking is haphazard for the Sgt-Major. He has to read from Chinese numbers to know what orders are which.
I also think Ling Soo’s father doesn’t approve of the union between the Sgt-Major and Ling-Soo, since the Sgt-Major gets subject to death threats by the Tongs, a sinister band of Chinese gangsters. Apparently, there is such an organisation called a Tong. I found it intriguing when reviewing this episode.
Attempts are made to kill the Sgt-Major. It was funny when Colonel Reynolds and Captain Ashwood thought of the Sgt-Major’s safety and the Concert Party were willing to help out to protect him, including Gloria. The Sgt-Major however becomes annoyed once the Concert Party are guarding him.
Rangi Ram soon arranges for the Sgt-Major to meet up with Ling Soo at her father’s restaurant. It’s suggested that they elope, but the Sgt-Major is reluctant to do so, since he could never leave the army. I would’ve thought this would lead into the next episode, as this episode seemed open-ended.
But there’s no more Ling Soo appearances after this one. I think there should’ve been another Ling Soo appearance in order to emphasise how smitten the Sgt-Major is with her. There are also a few insensitive racial slurs, particularly when Punkah Wallah Rumzan states the Chinese ‘look all alike’. 😐
This episode ended up being about average for me. I appreciate the return of Ling Soo as a character for the Sgt-Major’s smitten feelings to be readdressed again, but I wonder how many people cared about that at the time. After all, Ling Soo did two episodes spread across two seasons of the show. 😐
‘Pale Hands I Love’ rating – 5/10
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