is my favourite episode of this series! I love it.
Grimble runs a dress shop in the English Restoration period. He lets
us know that he hasn't had a customer in weeks. Suddenly, Lord Squiffington-Fop
comes in with a flourish. He is a bit of a dandy. He is welcomed into
the shop by Grimble and told not to stand on the cat.
has a problem, he has no pearl buttons for his jacket which are now
the height of fashion. As a dedicated follower of fashion, he must
have them. He shows Ugly the one pearl that he has. He explains that
he is giving a grand masked ball that evening and he needs some more
pearls or he will have to call it off. If he can find the pearls,
then he will make Grimble a rich man. He then leaves Grimble with
the jacket and the pearl and heads off to do some more shopping.
has taken up a new hobby. He now owns a flea circus. T-Bag thinks
that this is a disgusting idea and tells him to stop wasting time.
is in his shop searching for some pearls amongst his buttons, but
to no avail. He finds some moth balls and considers using them instead.
Sally comes in and asks him if he has seen any pearls. She shows him
the pearls that she has collected so far, and he takes them from her
telling her that he is going to give them a little polish. He replaces
them with the moth balls. He tells her that he hasn't seen anything
like them and tells her to try next door.
is playing with his flea circus again. T-Bag comes in and tells him
to put his fleas away. He puts them into a little wooden box. T-Bag
sees that the pearls have been sewn onto Squiffy's jacket in the saucer
and sets off to get it.
comes into the shop and sees the jacket. He can't pay Grimble because
he has left his money at the palace. He gives Ugly an invitation for
him and a friend to the masked ball that evening so that he can be
then appears after Squiffy has left. T-Bag starts ordering Ugly about
and starts rummaging through all his clothes. He takes T-Bag out the
back. Sally comes in to sort Ugly out for nicking the pearls. She
hears T-Bag shouting at him and hides in a rail of garments, but she
leaves her bag on Grimble's worktop. T-Bag storms in and sees the
bag. She grabs it and goes back to the T-Room. Sally then glares at
is back at the T-Room celebrating.
is giving ugly hell. She demands the pearls back, but Ugly says he's
sold them to Squiffy, but refuses to tell her where he lives. He then
walks off. Sally finds the invitation and notes the address.
finds that the "pearls" in the bag are mothballs. She tells
T-Shirt that he has been no help at all because he has been faffing
around with the fleas. She goes to find Ugly. T-Shirt sees the pearls
on Squiffy's jacket in the saucer and goes to get them, complete with
box of fleas.
the palace, T-Shirt appears and Squiffy welcomes him to the party,
but fails to put a name to the face. T-Shirt introduces himself as
Lord Teddington-Sprattt with three T's and a sandwich HA, HA! Squiffy
offers him some refreshment and takes the box of fleas. He puts it
down by another identical wooden box. Squiffy then gives him a mask.
T-Shirt mentions the pearl buttons, and Squiffy flourishes them boasting
about how they are the "very pinnacle of fashion". T-Shirt
replies "Oh, yes. They certainly were!". Squiffy is shocked
to hear this, and T-Shirt tells him that the latest fashion is no
buttons at all. Squiffy tears off the pearls and puts them into the
second wooden box by the fleas.
arrives at the ball. T-Shirt puts on his mask when he sees her and
dashes out of the room. She introduces herself to Squiffy.
is in the shop yelling at ugly and she finds out that he has sold
the pearls to Squiffy. She demands to go to the masked ball with him
and then falls over the cat.
and Squiffy are dancing a minuet together. Squiffy's jacket gives
way at the seems. T-Shirt tries to get the pearls back, but Sally
notices him and chases him out of the room. Squiffy takes off his
jacket and puts it away before T-Bag and Ugly sail into the room.
T-Bag introduces herself as Lady Toffington-Bag and curtseys so low
that she falls flat on her backside. Grimble asks where Squiffy's
jacket is and Squiffy asks if he can repair it. He hands him the jacket
and Ugly tells him to go and mingle. Whilst he is away, T-Bag demands
the pearls from the jacket, but they have gone. T-Bag starts beating
him up and chases him out of the room. She bumps into T-Shirt who
tells her where the pearls are. She make him go back to the T-Room,
but he wants to collect his fleas. T-Bag doesn't allow him to finish
speaking, so she doesn't find out that they are there. T-Shirt goes
back to the T-Room.
rushes in and T-Bag tells her that she knows where the pearls are.
She sails over to the box, but opens the one with the fleas in. Squiffy
comes in and asks if anyone knows the latest dance steps. T-Bag starts
scratching and waving her arms around to a jazzed up piece of baroque
music. Squiffy gazes on admiringly. T-Bag the goes back to the T-Room.
then skip a bit of time. Squiffy is giving the pearls to Sally. He
then turns on Grimble and tells him off for stealing them. He refuses
to pay for the work and dismisses Grimble. He turns excitedly to Sally
and tells her that they just have time to practise the latest dance
craze before the rest of the guests arrive. He starts waving his arms
around and writhing uncontrollably to the same piece of baroque music,
as a bemused Sally looks on.