Sitcom about a supermarket and its manic manager Cecil Slinger. Most of the staff is incompetent leading to some good jokes, some bad. There are situations that look like you know where they’re headed but take a surprising turn. Some are clever, some are not. In all it’s an uneven series and wears down sooner rather than later. Bruce Forsyth is the store manager.
Opening episode: September 3,1986 – “New Manager” – The staff of Slinger’s supermarket is waiting for their new manager to arrive. They’ve been putting up with the insufferable Mr.Christian for a few weeks.
Miss Pinter is plugged into her radio when Mr.McWhityer comes in. He’s a salesman and he asks for the new manager. All she hears is “new manager” and mistakes him for the boss. The staff takes him into an office and give him champagne and treat him royally.
No one sees the real manager walk in. He’s Cecil Slinger. The misunderstanding is revealed and Slinger calls the staff to task on their behavior and gives a speech on how things are going to be. Lots of fast jokes in this segment.
His first big problem are a group of women with Save The Whales signs. They sit in the aisle next to the dog food. One of them is pregnant. Slinger orders elderly security guard Fred (David Kelly) to throw them out. The pregnant woman starts having pains and rather than get sued Slinger agrees to get rid of the dog food since it contains whale meat. Things aren’t what they seem.
A customer has signed a check Donald Duck. This segment doesn’t work at all. Then Slinger goes into the stockroom where two people are playing chess with canned goods. One has a smock so old it has some week old pizza on it. Slinger fires him.
Forsyth plays it with constant manic energy and it gets annoying. Give it a pass.