Howard, why not just go to Marina's house?

Lino

Member
I love the show, and I know if you're going to enjoy it you must exercise your "suspension of disbelief" and just enjoy what transpires. But there are times, as when the trio are always trying to sneak past Pearl in front of her house, it appears they could just as easily walk around behind the building, right? Or that whenever Compo gets a hat, it's always absurdly large and covers his face (except the motorcycle helmet in the Blamire era). No problem, I don't want to think myself out of a good laugh. I'm no expert on the series, (I still haven't seen all the episodes yet) and I may have missed something, but there's only a time or two where Marina's home is even mentioned; once when the ladies are having an outing and Pearl expecting Howard to show up; and another time someone mentions that Marina lives with her mother. So why didn't Howard just sneak into her house to avoid prying eyes? I'm sure Marina wouldn't have minded. Any thoughts on what I'm missing?
 

Sarkus

Dedicated Member
As you say, the story was always that Marina lived with her mother. So I don't think Howard showing up there would have gone over well given all the warnings Marina says her mother gave her over the years about men. That said, I think in one episode they mention that Howard mowed Marina's lawn for her. And the episode you mention where Pearl and the ladies picnic on the hill above Marina's house also has a line where Clegg says to Howard "I bet you do," when Howard says he knows a shortcut to Marina's house. The implication is that Howard probably has gone to Marina's on more than one occasion.

It makes more sense to me than some of the other issues you note.
 

barmpot

LOTSW Fanatic
The thrill of the chase - not there when you go to a the house of a lady of a certain age. I know, done that, etc ....
 
G

gill

Guest
I'm not sure Marina's mother approved of her seeing a lot of men as Marina used to say mother warned me about that or mother warned me this might happen, so maybe that's why Howard didn't go there very much only to cut her grass once a week
 

Marianna

Dedicated Member
In Roy Clarke's book The Moonbather he tried to go to her house, only to be foiled by Crusher.

The book is hilarious all the way through. Well worth the purchase price.
 

RickAns

Dedicated Member
I had forgotten that Howard had mowed grass for Marina. I imagine him going to her place would be a bit like Arkwright going over to nurse Gladys Emmanuel's place from Open All Hours. Loads of eyes peering through window curtains at them. Plus her Mom banging on the ceiling or wall to keep them in line.

Thanks for the heads up on the book Marianna. I will see if I can get a copy. A quick search shows there is another book called 'Gala Week' as well.
 

Marianna

Dedicated Member
I had forgotten that Howard had mowed grass for Marina. I imagine him going to her place would be a bit like Arkwright going over to nurse Gladys Emmanuel's place from Open All Hours. Loads of eyes peering through window curtains at them. Plus her Mom banging on the ceiling or wall to keep them in line.

Thanks for the heads up on the book Marianna. I will see if I can get a copy. A quick search shows there is another book called 'Gala Week' as well.
I recently bought a copy of Gala Week, but haven't yet had a chance to read it. I expect that it will be just as good as The Moonbather.
 

Pearl

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Staff member
The thrill of the chase - not there when you go to a the house of a lady of a certain age. I know, done that, etc ....
There he goes... Errol Flynn. I had cause to reproach our Mr Flynn here on Facebook this week. I've told him before that just because he has a mustache doesn't mean he can act like Errol Flynn.
 

maltrab

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Staff member
I had forgotten that Howard had mowed grass for Marina. I imagine him going to her place would be a bit like Arkwright going over to nurse Gladys Emmanuel's place from Open All Hours. Loads of eyes peering through window curtains at them. Plus her Mom banging on the ceiling or wall to keep them in line.

Thanks for the heads up on the book Marianna. I will see if I can get a copy. A quick search shows there is another book called 'Gala Week' as well.
I recall that Gala Week was the book to Big day at Dream Acres
 

barmpot

LOTSW Fanatic
There he goes... Errol Flynn. I had cause to reproach our Mr Flynn here on Facebook this week. I've told him before that just because he has a mustache doesn't mean he can act like Errol Flynn.

Funny you say that, I was with some former work colleagues on Saturday and one of them reminded me he used to think of me as a"Babe Magnet"!
 
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