|The Godiva Affair|
|Series 7, Episode 4|
|Air Date||6th December 1974|
|Written by||Jimmy Perry & David Croft|
|Original Audience Figures||?|
|Previous episode||Gorilla Warfare|
|Next episode||The Captain's Car|
|List of episodes|
The Godiva Affair is the fourth episode of the seventh series of Dad's Army, which was originally transmitted on Friday 6th December 1974.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
As the town is still £2,000 short of the sum it requires for the purchase of a Spitfire, the platoon decide to drum up support by performing a morris dance at the fund-raising carnival. It is the identity of the Lady Godiva figure, however, that ends up grabbing the attention of most people.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The platoon are practising their morris dance in the church hall. Mainwaring notes that Corporal Jones is not his usual self. A few minutes later, Jones comes in and asks for a heart-to-heart with his Captain. He reveals that his paramour, the widowed Mrs. Fox, has become involved with another man—Mr. Gordon, the town clerk, who Sergeant Wilson describes as a bald-headed old duffer. Jones implores his commander to do something about it.
Reluctantly, Mainwaring agrees to meet with Mrs. Fox in the Marigold Tea Rooms—unfortunately a large portion of the platoon is crowded into the café to watch, sensing a scandal. Mainwaring is distinctly embarrassed by the whole affair; he is clearly made uncomfortable by the overly forward Mrs. Fox, who he describes as a 'flashy woman'.
He tries to speak to her on Jones' behalf, but when he subtly refers to a new bald-headed admirer, she assumes he means himself—and in the process mistakenly believes he is trying to proposition her. She offers to let Mainwaring have Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jones Mondays and Fridays. When a shocked Mainwaring points out he is talking about Mr. Gordon she says "well he can have Wednesdays". The whole meeting leads to speculation through the town that the two are involved, rumours which reach the ears of Mrs. Mainwaring.
The same evening Mainwaring is giving a lecture in the office, when they become curious about what is happening in the adjoining church hall. They enter to find the Vicar, Verger, Chief Warden and Town Clerk are holding trials for a Lady Godiva to ride at the head of the coming Spitfire Fund procession. While Mainwaring is outraged and appalled, Hodges tells him not to be so 'Victorian'. Mrs. Fox meanwhile persuades Mr. Gordon to use his influence to allow her to play the part.
The choice of Mrs. Fox causes quite some consternation amongst the womenfolk of the town. Mrs. Pike for instance berates Wilson for allowing this to happen, noting she is 'much slimmer' than Mrs. Fox, while Mrs. Mainwaring, clearly suspicious her husband is conducting some sort of affair with Mrs. Fox, constantly rings him at the bank and church hall demanding to know why she has not been chosen to play the part. Jones meanwhile is distraught, convinced he has now lost Mrs. Fox to Mr. Gordon.
On the day of the procession, the platoon are readying themselves for their morris dance. At that moment a tearful Mrs. Fox arrives, and falls into the arms of Corporal Jones. Somebody has stolen the Lady Godiva costume from her at the town hall. Frazer disappointedly notes that they will not get to see a Lady Godiva after all.
Just then Pike announces that a Godiva is going down the high street. It is assumed that Mrs. Pike has stolen the costume and Mainwaring chides Wilson "can't you keep that woman under control?". However, when it is revealed that it is instead Mrs. Mainwaring who has taken the part, a distraught Mainwaring faints into the arms of Jones.