Sitcom that deserved more than just one series. David Jason is a plumber who lives with his overbearing mother and ladies man brother.
Pilot episode: Shorty Mepstead can’t get his mother to make his eggs and toast edible. Not so for his brother Randolph everyone calls Randy. Randy tries to help Shorty who is going out on a first date with Kathleen. He tries to coach him on the ways of women and how he should dress and how his car should look. He doesn’t listen.
He takes Kathleen to a Chinese restaurant. No one there but the waiter who’s busy reading the paper. Shorty can’t even snap his fingers to get his attention. They eventually sit down but the waiter makes them move since the table is reserved. Shorty keeps switching the flower vase and the waiter keeps changing it back. Shorty gets a minor victory with a trick.
Shorty manages to spill the vase on Kathleen and then tries to dry her clothes with a napkin. She starts talking astrology and some double entendres fly. The episode continues to build as Shorty orders their meal. It takes two waiters and two tables to handle it all. More disaster as Shorty and Kathleen are handed chopsticks.
There are some funny sight gags. It looks like things will settles down but in comes Randy with a drunken friend named Sylvester. Randy knows how to handle the surly waiter. The four finally go outside. Thanks to a mixup Kathleen winds up with Randy and Shorty is stuck with Sylvester.
Sylvester is too out of it to tell him where he lives so Shorty takes him home. When he calls Shorty’s mother an old bat it doesn’t go over too well.
This is a very funny episode and Sylvester McCoy does one of the best drunk acts you’ll ever see. David Jason is great as the hapless and clueless Shorty.
David Jason is known for playing Derek “Del Boy” Trotter in “Only Fools And Horses” (1981-2003) and as DI Frost in “A Touch Of Frost” (1992-2010).