‘A Barbecue At Violet’s’ (TV)



Please feel free to comment on my review.

In this episode, Hyacinth continues trying to get the leading part in Emmet’s musical play ‘The Boy Friend’. But that changes once Hyacinth receives a phone call from Violet’s. Hyacinth offers to entertain at Violet’s house. This all goes disastrously wrong when Violet and Bruce quarrel together.

My favourite moment in the episode is when Hyacinth tries to get into a phone box to call Emmet whilst he’s doing rehearsals for ‘The Boy Friend’. Somebody else gets in the phone box before her and she tries to get him out. Richard shouts at Hyacinth to get back in the car. She obeys, shocked. 🙂

Eventually, Hyacinth, Richard and Elizabeth arrive at the church hall where Emmet is doing ‘The Boy Friend’ rehearsals. Very soon, Hyacinth invites Elizabeth and Emmet as well as the Vicar and his wife to his sister Violet’s for evening entertainment. And they have no choice in the matter when invited.

It was funny when Violet and Bruce are arguing with each other that Hyacinth tries to cover up the noise by having Emmet, Liz, the Vicar and his wife singing songs from the cardboards she holds up. The evening entertainment ends up becoming a barbecue before they’re taking home ‘a Chinese’. 😐

Also in the episode, Onslow, Daisy and Rose discover that Daddy is standing in a bucket of horse manure. Daddy soon takes the bucket of manure with him to Violet’s. When the barbecue at Violet’s goes out of control, Hyacinth assumes there’s water in Daddy’s bucket and she throws it at the fire!!

This episode has some pretty humorous moments throughout. It was nice to see Violet appear in the episode with Bruce, although most of the time they constantly argue with each other and they threaten each other with death. This contrasts so differently to Violet and Bruce in previous seasons.

Jeremy Gittins guest stars as the Vicar and Marion Barron guest stars as the Vicar’s wife. Anna Dawson also returns to play Violet whilst John Evitts plays Bruce. There’s also Jack Smethurst as ‘the man in the phone box’ and Jenny Morton, Alexandra Howard and Anna Bolt as the 1920s dancers. 🙂

Those three girls are meant to appear in Emmet’s ‘Boy Friend’ play, though Hyacinth disapproves of their attire. The Vicar’s wife also continues to be easily jealous whenever her husband’s around pretty women (especially three). George Webb makes an uncredited appearance as Daddy in this. 😀

‘A Barbecue at Violet’s’ rating – 7/10

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