‘Jeeves & Wooster’, Series 1, Episode 2 (TV)



Please feel free to comment on my review.

This is another one of my favourite episodes from Series 1 of ‘Jeeves & Wooster’. In fact, the first third of this episode was the first thing I ever saw of ‘Jeeves & Wooster’ before I saw all of the series!

In this episode, Bertie looks after his Aunt Agatha’s dog called Mackintosh. Yeah, Mackintosh was introduced in the first episode, but he didn’t really have much of a big part to play in that episode. 😀

I found it very funny when Mackintosh kept ruining Bertie’s golf match with Barmy Fotheringay (‘Fungy’) Phipps. The dog did it by constantly barking. This got on Bertie’s nerves right up to a point.

The episode also has Bertie falling in love with a highly-spirited young girl, Nina Botting as Bobbie Wickham. Jeeves is disapproving of his master falling in love with Bobbie. He finds her ‘too frivolous’.

This proves to be the case when Bobbie sets Bertie up by giving his friend Barmy a practical joke. The idea is to puncture Barmy’s hot water bottle when in bed. This goes disastrously wrong in that night.

Adam Blackwood returns as Barmy in the episode. I’ve also seen Adam Blackwood in the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Trial of a Time Lord’ with Colin Baker. He’s funny as Barmy in the show’s first season.

The episode also features Michael Poole as Professor Cluj and Zulema Dene as his wife Aneta. They end up being the victims of Bertie’s practical joke instead of Barmy. Bertie gets in trouble with them.

He’s forced to spend the rest of the night in their room whilst they sleep in theirs. But Bertie learns from Jeeves that Barmy also played the same practical joke on Professor Cluj and Aneta in that night.

It seems that Bobbie was putting both Bertie and Barmy up to play the same practical joke on each other. Once he realises this, Bertie ends his infatuation with Bobbie, very much to Jeeves’ approval.

In the second half of the episode, Mackintosh the dog gets ‘dognapped’ by complete strangers. This is because of Bobbie who gives the terrier away when trying to advertise her mum’s play over lunch.

This is to a Broadway director named Billy J. Mitchell as Mr. Blumenfield and his son Anatol Yusef as Sydney Blumenfield. The boy takes a fancy to the dog. The father agrees to let his son have that dog.

But Mackintosh belongs to Aunt Agatha. Bertie is gobsmacked by how Bobbie has done this to get approval of her mum’s play. Bertie has to get Mackintosh back and Jeeves has the solution to all this.

It all leads to a very humorous sequence where Bertie has to sprinkle aniseed on his trouser in order to get Mackintosh back from the Blumenfield’s hotel. It works as well as singing a song to the dog. 😀

I found it funny when Bertie thinks that Jeeves has given the dog back to Mr. Blumenfield when he comes round his flat. He goes into such a state and tries to get the dog before Aunt Agatha turns up.

Thankfully, Jeeves purchased another dog and gives the real Mackintosh to Aunt Agatha. I like how that all played out in the episode and seeing Bertie’s look of astonishment was so hilarious to watch.

This episode also features Robert Daws as Tuppy Glossop, one of Bertie’s friends. He appeared in the first episode, but like Mackintosh, he didn’t do much in that. I did enjoy his appearance in this story.

Tuppy’s a bit of a lovesick brute as he easily falls for an opera singer who can’t sing. 😀 The opera singer happens to be Constance Novis as Cora Bellinger. The lady has a rather serious attitude to life.

Whilst Tuppy fancies Cora, Bertie is enlisted by Brenda Bruce as Aunt Dahlia to break up this affair. Tuppy is meant to be engaged to Aunt Dahlia’s daughter Angela. Thankfully, Jeeves has the solution.

It involves having to sing the song ‘Sonny Boy’ which Tuppy is intending to sing at a entertainment in a low-down hall. The ‘Sonny Boy’ sequence is the most funniest I’ve ever seen in ‘Jeeves & Wooster’.

Mary Wimbush returns as Aunt Agatha in this tale. There are also Bobbie’s parents Rosemary Martin as Lady Wickham and Brain Haines as Sir Cuthbert as well as Owen Brenman as Rev. Beffy Bingham. 🙂

I greatly enjoyed the second episode of Series 1 of ‘Jeeves & Wooster’. It’s one of my favourites as I love the Mackintosh dog scenes and the ‘Sonny Boy’ sequence at the end which you’ll greatly enjoy.

‘Series 1, Episode 2’ rating – 10/10

 Go next to

Go next to

Return to Jeeves & Wooster
Return to Comedy

7 thoughts on “‘Jeeves & Wooster’, Series 1, Episode 2 (TV)

  1. Pongo

    You don’t sound as if you have read any of the books. My father introduced me to Wodehouse more than 60 years ago and I’ve been reading him ever since – the older I get the funnier he gets.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Pongo,

      Actually, I have read some of the P.G. Wodehouse books of ‘Jeeves & Wooster’. As stated in my Day 3 blog post of my 2020 Advent Calendar (https://bradleybasement.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/day-3-bradleys-basements-advent-calendar-2020/), I’ve read ‘The Code of the Woosters’ and the short stories featured in ‘The World of Jeeves’ anthology. It’s been a while since I’ve read them, but I enjoyed them and found them very entertaining and funny.

      These reviews are on the episodes of the TV series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and I’m reviewing them on how they stand on their own rather than as adaptations of the books and short stories, since I saw the TV series first before reading any of the books and short stories. Hopefully someday, I’ll get a chance to revisit the books and short stories. I would like to review them as well as update my reviews on the ‘Jeeves & Wooster’ TV series. I also would like to check out the radio series starring Richard Briers and Michael Horden.

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂


      1. Terry McManus


        Pongo here. Bertie and Jeeves are hilarious but you should read some of his other stories. Start with Mr. Mulliner and just enjoy.

        ‘The Story of Webster’ followed by ‘Cats Will Be Cats’
        Honeysuckle Cottage
        The Amazing Hat Mystery

        That’s just for starters, and remember – the older you get the funnier he gets, even if you’ve read something 5 or 6 times. My favorite Jeeves & Bertie Novel is ‘Brinkley Manor’ from 1934.


        Liked by 1 person

      2. Tim Bradley Post author

        Hi Terry,

        Thanks for the recommendations. I look forward to checking out those Wodehouse stories, including the ‘Brinkley Manor’ novel (which I believe is called ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’ in the UK). 😀

        Tim 🙂


      3. Terry McManus


        One more thing – When you read ‘Brinkley Manor’ – the conversation between Bertie and Gussie Fink-Nottle in re. newts and their breeding habits on pp. 26 is priceless and I believe will leave you laughing quietly and appreciatively for at least a week – and you won’t know when it will happen.


        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.