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Old 12-29-2010, 09:17 PM
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Hi,

I have a question and I wonder if anyone has the answer.

In the episode in which the characters clean up the manor, Mr. Rumbold assigns one of the ladies, I think it's Miss Brahms, to vacuum. She says she won't carry a heavy vacuum up the stairs. Rumbold says it's only a Junior Goblin and something like "Can you manage a Junior Goblin on the stairs?"

This line gets a HUGE laugh on the laugh track. Why? Because it's Are You Being Served? Again, I assume it's a double-entendre. But I don't get it. Goblin is a brand of vacuum cleaner, like Hoover or Eureka. I don't get the joke.

Can someone tell me why the line about the Junior Goblin on the stairs is so funny?

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Hi,

I have a question and I wonder if anyone has the answer.

In the episode in which the characters clean up the manor, Mr. Rumbold assigns one of the ladies, I think it's Miss Brahms, to vacuum. She says she won't carry a heavy vacuum up the stairs. Rumbold says it's only a Junior Goblin and something like "Can you manage a Junior Goblin on the stairs?"

This line gets a HUGE laugh on the laugh track. Why? Because it's Are You Being Served? Again, I assume it's a double-entendre. But I don't get it. Goblin is a brand of vacuum cleaner, like Hoover or Eureka. I don't get the joke.

Can someone tell me why the line about the Junior Goblin on the stairs is so funny?

Thank you.

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I think it's because "goblin" sounds like gobbing, which means spitting.

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Old 12-30-2010, 02:12 AM
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I always took it as to be something sexual myself but never quite understood it and never really thought it was that funny.
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I thought it was asking - Can you handle having sex on the stairs with someone younger (junior)? And like Greg - I don't think it's that funny either.
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I agree with Wib and Bionic, I think it was intended to be a double entendre, but didn't quite work. Part of the reason was that Rumbold said the line and Rumbold wouldn't intentionally make a disguised sexual reference. But Mr. Humphries obviously took it as one given his reaction. The secondary intent of the writer's joke was to mean, "Humphries, you wouldn't mind taking something small up the back way."

If the episode was made today, I'm sure the writer's would have gone with a different scene in the kitchen where Rumbold hands him a sack of garbage and says, "Mr. Humphries, would you mind taking my junk through the backdoor."
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Thank you. I figured it had to be something sexual. I mean, it was such a huge laugh they used.

I received AYBS DVDS 8 through 13 and the movie for Christmas. I'm battling a cold virus that just won't quit, so I'm watching the whole AYBS series, plus the movie, and then the sequel series.
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Don't forget Mrs. Slocombe's cold remedy, Rum & Pepsi. It will help you get through both the cold and the movie.
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Thank you. I figured it had to be something sexual. I mean, it was such a huge laugh they used.

I received AYBS DVDS 8 through 13 and the movie for Christmas. I'm battling a cold virus that just won't quit, so I'm watching the whole AYBS series, plus the movie, and then the sequel series.
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I second that.
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sorry to spoil the innocence here but the gag is a reference to having sex with underage persons, which is strictly illegal and most naughty in civilized countries like yours
Just how would you explain the naughtiness of this joke. A Junior is a staff member. All of which are adullts .
I need to point out that all of the jokes on AYBS? are self cleaning. They all have a clean meaning. They did not put in nasty jokes because they wanted to continue on BBC. Don't you go making them any different than they are. If you want to titter than do it by yourself.
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Sonosun has a very good point. Both AYBS? and G&F had a lot of adianoeta that could have been construed as 'pushing it', but they also had a line that they did not cross for the very purpose he states: they did not want to get cancelled. Therefore, to suggest that they made a crack about paedophilia is...well, it sounds very malicious, honestly, as well as ignorant.
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I thought it was asking - Can you handle having sex on the stairs with someone younger (junior)? And like Greg - I don't think it's that funny either.
I took it to mean this too, though it makes me chuckle.
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I took it to mean this too, though it makes me chuckle.
I missed the point altogether...I thought it was a reference to a brand name of vacuum.
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I took it to mean this too, though it makes me chuckle.
I love that line and think it's VERY funny! I'm laughing now just thinking about it!
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I love that line and think it's VERY funny! I'm laughing now just thinking about it!
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