|Pardon the Expression|
|Episode||Man's Best Friend|
|ITV broadcast date||23rd May 1966 (Monday)|
|Writer||Harry Driver and Vince Powell|
|Previous episode||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Frying|
|Next episode||Thunderfinger - Part 1|
Mr Hunt is supposed to be going on a holiday to the Scilly Isles but there is a problem – his dog, a St Bernard called Marmaduke Christopher Goldenpaws St. John of Flint (or "Fluff" for short) has been banned from his twenty-eighth and latest kennels for chewing a pair of gumboots (with the wearer still inside them) and tunnelling out of his enclosure during the night. Hunt’s problem is which idiot can he persuade to look after Fluff for the duration of his vacation? Enter Swindley. The canine disaster zone is brought to the store, assaulting a Woman Customer, a Traffic Warden, a Taxi Driver and a Police Sergeant on the way, and then Swindley takes it home to his flat where Fluff takes over. He refuses to sleep on his blanket, far preferring Swindley’s bed, and raises the ire of irksome neighbour Miss Battle who points out that dogs are not allowed under the terms of the lease. Mr Hobson, the live-in agent at the flats says that the dog must go by morning but changes his mind at 3.00 in the morning when Fluff returns from his 11.00pm walk (having decided he’s had enough and not bothering about Swindley’s earlier protests) and then waking the residents of the block. Mr Hobson says the dog must go now but Fluff has used the communal balcony to get into Miss Battle’s bedroom. She is so incensed she gives in her immediate notice, pleasing Mr Hobson no end as he’s had to put up with her constant complaints for three months. Fluff is allowed to stay for the duration.
- Norman Burton - Julian Holloway
- Woman Customer - Ruth Holden
- Taxi Driver - Jack Grieve
- Traffic Warden - Ted Morris
- Police Sergeant - William Croasdale
- Fluff - Greashan Serenity
- Miss Battle - Barbara Hicks
- Mr Hobson - Gordon Gostelow
- After the credits had run an extra caption appeared which said, "and remember Thunderfinger is coming".
- This episode was transmitted on Wednesday 25th May at 9.10pm by both Border Television and Tyne Tees Television; on Thursday 26th May at 6.30pm by Television Wales and the West and on Friday 27th May at 9.10pm by Scottish Television. Along with the rest of the second season the episode was not transmitted by Westward Television, Ulster Television, Channel Television or the Teledu Cymru service of Television Wales and the West.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,950,000 homes (7th place).
This episode was included in Network DVD collection Pardon the Expression - The Complete Second Series, released on 24th August, 2009.