‘Problems with Relatives’ (TV)

keeping up appearances series 1&2 


Please feel free to comment on my review.

In this episode, Onslow and Daisy lose Daddy when they take him out into town in a wheelchair. They go over to visit Hyacinth and tell her about this. It soon transpires that Daddy may be heading for the register office where he’s about to marry someone. Hyacinth is very determined to stop him.

This episode is pretty funny when Hyacinth keeps ringing Richard at work about her family problems. And this is during a business meeting he has! Richard is frustrated when Hyacinth keeps ringing him at work. This would happen again in the next episode where Hyacinth keeps ringing Richard at work.

I’ve noticed in this episode that Richard’s calm when he listens to Hyacinth on the phone. He keeps telling his business colleagues that it’s a ‘spot of family trouble’ when Hyacinth rings him. He soon excuses himself from the meeting. 😀 Simon Merrick and Robert Bain guest star in the episode itself.

I found it amusing when Onslow and Daisy visited Hyacinth’s. Hyacinth puts one of Richard’s jackets onto Onslow in order to cover his tattooed arms. Onslow is annoyed about having to wear a jacket. He tries to take it off but Hyacinth won’t let him. Daisy seems to like Onslow wearing a jacket in this.

She says she finds him ‘smart’ in it. Once again, Daisy is trying to rekindle the love there is between her and Onslow in their marriage. Somehow it’s not exactly according to plan as Onslow gets annoyed by Daisy’s advances. Daisy often gets annoyed with Onslow, especially when Daddy’s gone.

Another problem for Hyacinth is when her sister Violet calls her up to tell her that her husband Bruce is stuck up a tree. Bruce has done this deliberately since he wants to wear one of Violet’s evening dresses to go to a dance in. This is a running gag of Bruce wanting to wear women’s clothes.

It does tend to get repetitive in the TV series. For most of the time in ‘Keeping Up Appearances’, Violet’s identity is concealed from the viewers whereas Bruce has been seen a few times. That would change when Violet and Bruce’s identities are revealed in Series 5 and it’s very disappointing for me.

I enjoyed it when Liz and Emmet give Hyacinth a lift into town via car. They soon offer to give Onslow, Daisy, Hyacinth and Richard a lift back home. Hyacinth is afraid of Liz and Emmet seeing how Onslow and Daisy live. It was funny when Daddy got draped over a wall and ended on his head.

‘Problem with Relatives’ rating – 7/10

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