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The Recruit
Series 6, Episode 7
Air Date 12th December 1973
Written by Jimmy Perry & David Croft
Director David Croft
Producer David Croft
Length 30 minutes
Original Audience Figures Unknown
Previous episode Things That Go Bump in the Night
Next episode Everybody's Trucking
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The Recruit is the seventh and final episode of the sixth series of Dad's Army. It was originally transmitted on the 12th of December, 1973.


Captain Mainwaring is indisposed due to an ingrowing toenail, so Sergeant Wilson takes charge temporary of the platoon. However, Mainwaring is less than impressed on his return when he learns the identity of the platoon's two new recruits; the Vicar and the Verger.


With Captain Mainwaring absent from the platoon, Sergeant Wilson signs on two new recruits into the platoon, the Vicar and the Verger. When Mainwaring returns from hospital, he learns of the changes that Wilson has made and does not approve. However he can do nothing about it as the official papers for the Vicar and Verger have already been sent to GHQ. Mainwaring states that he will not go easy on the two of them.

On their first night on watch, the Vicar and the Verger have a run in with a young boy who gives them nothing but trouble. Unable to handle the situation, they call for rest of the section, who identify the boy as a local trouble maker. Mainwaring arrives and asserts his authority on the boy and tells him to clear off. The boy states that he is going to "tell his Uncle Willy," who turns out to be the Chief Warden, Hodges.

Hodges confronts Mainwaring and his platoon about the way they treated his nephew. After a war of words breaks out between Hodges and the platoon, his nephew states that "they are as bad as the Wardens," which prompts Hodges to turn his anger on his nephew and they both storm out of the church hall. After having a laugh, Mainwaring turns to the Vicar and the Verger and states that "this never would have happened if you had handled the situation properly." Upset with Mainwaring's attitude, the Vicar resigns, prompting the Verger to do the same.


  • This is the first episode not to feature James Beck, who was in hospital suffering from pancreatitis, during its recording. Beck died shortly thereafter and is still credited during the closing titles. Walker's absence in this episode is explained by a note left in his place reading "Gone to the smoke" (a common term at the time for London). Following this episode the character was never seen or referred to again, though he survived the war (as seen in The Man and the Hour).