The End (The Goodies)
|The Goodies episode|
|Episode no.||Series 5
Episode 49 (of 76)
|Original air date||5 May 1975
(Monday — 9 p.m.)
This episode is also known as "Encased in Concrete" and "Concrete on the Outside" and as "Entombed".
Written by The Goodies, with songs and music by Bill Oddie.
During the episode:
- Tim Brooke-Taylor also appears as 'Future Tim'
- Graeme Garden also appears as 'Future Graeme'
- Bill Oddie also appears as 'Future Bill'
The Goodies's office accidentally gets completely covered in concrete, ironically as part of an architectural design of Graeme. The Main Works Department agree to save them, but only after completing a series of highways across Britain (drawn on the map as a game of tic tac toe). Gradually all the Goodies' utility services are discontinued, including the telephone (they cannot go out to pay the bills). Then, later, when the nation is in the grip of poverty, the BBC cuts back their services by 100%, and the ending of television broadcasts means that the Goodies are cut off entirely from the outside world. Tim then asks "Who thinks we should panic now?" All three raise their hands, and proceed to panic, with lots of screeching and Tim crying "I'm a teapot!" repeatedly, with the attendant teapot pose.
Tempers become short and Bill (arguing with Tim) says: "In this cosierty, we're gonna have every single one of us is gonna clean the shoes" Tim retorts: "You sniviling little commy." Bill retaliates with the comment: "You elitist, fascist pig." Tim, feeling insulted, says: "Well I ever." Graeme then enters the conversation, saying: "This is good, political discussion, a healthy thing." Bill denies this, saying: "This isn't political discussion, we're just shouting at one another", to which Graeme states: "Same thing."
When they are almost out of food, Tim and Graeme decide that Bill should 'provide' for them. Bill, who is totally unaware of the plans against him, comes up with a solution of cooking and eating the furniture. This means that he is not eaten and his life is saved.
The years pass, and the Goodies grow old, and they begin suffering from hallucinations, which is noticeable when Tim and Graeme are in conversation with each other, reliving their past. Tim comments: "Goodness! I've almost forgotten what an umbrella looks like." Graeme then makes the comment: "You know, I've almost forgotten what a woman looks like." Tim reminisces: "Women, yes — and umbrellas. Hey!" Graeme agrees, saying: "Many's the evening you'd dance the night away with an attractive young umbrella." Tim continues: "And, if it rained on your way home, you'd pop up your woman." Graeme then comments: "They'd keep you dry all night!" and Tim says: "I used to have a big black woman with a cane handle ...."
A rescue team finally arrives to rescue the Goodies — space suited Goodies from the future, but all that's left in the office is the skeletons of Graeme and Tim and the recently deceased corpse of Bill (who still hasn't aged). Just as they are about to leave, there is a cave-in, trapping the new Goodies where they experience similar difficulties. Immediately, the 'Future Tim' panics and assumes the pose of a teapot spout and handle, and comments: "I'm a teapot!"
- The office is decorated with posters of David Essex and David Cassidy, both of who grow beards as the episode progresses.
- Tim's and Graeme's elderly selves are based on Teddy and Freddy, professorial characters from the duo's Broaden Your Mind series (and revived on the 2007 UK stage tour, The Goodies Still Rule OK).
- Bill remarks that "under this lot (his beard and moustache) I look a bit like Liza Minnelli". Those curious to know what Bill actually looks like without his facial hair should investigate the 1977 episode Earthanasia.
- This episode was set completely in the Goodies' office.
DVD and VHS releases
This episode has been released on both DVD and VHS.
- "The Complete Goodies" — Robert Ross, B T Batsford, London, 2000
- "The Goodies Rule OK" — Robert Ross, Carlton Books Ltd, Sydney, 2006
- "From Fringe to Flying Circus — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960-1980'" — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980
- "The Goodies Episode Summaries" — Brett Allender
- "The Goodies — Fact File" — Matthew K. Sharp