First episode in which Mrs. Slocombe "is unanimous in this."Trivia:
Peacock (and later, Lucas) calls the diamond's owner in Rumbold's voice.
The staff members, each of whom believes he/she has found the diamond, end up in Rumbold's office, all claiming "I haven't found the diamond yet." Everyone produces his/her "diamond" in turn, only to realize they were all rhinestones—all but one (Peacock's). Mr. Grace comes along and (surprise!) has to meddle in the situation. He adds £100 to the original £100 reward (which Rumbold had claimed to be only £75) and orders the £200 to be donated to the Grace Brothers Staff Home. Mr. Grainger ("It rather seems I shall be the first one to benefit.") is the only one smiling at the end.
A tiny notch below the other classics of the first series, but still very amusing.
A good start for the second series. The various characterizations are beginning to gel, and the show would only get better and better.
Censorship Rears Its Ugly Head:
On the 1997 CBS/Fox video, the scene with Mr. Rumbold and the cleaning women is optically censored, presumably to obscure the phallic appearance of the cleaner's frozen chamois. The broadcast and laser disc versions (and probably the 1992 home video) are unaltered, as is the 2002 DVD version.Best Bits:
One of the quintessential AYBS? episodes—superb in every respect.
After a slow start, "The Think Tank" finishes strongly with the very entertaining fashion show scene.
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