"Dad's Army" The Lion Has Phones (TV Episode 1969) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Mainwaring gives the platoon a lecture in communications but when a German plane crashes into the town's reservoir it becomes obvious that many of the men have no idea how to use a telephone and, when Mainwaring gets through to the main exchange to notify the incident, the operator is no help. Whilst a guards officer attempts to take command of the situation from Mainwaring, Walker saves the day by getting the reservoir manager to open the sluices, forcing the Germans to swim for it.

  • Captain Mainwaring puts the platoon through endless camouflage exercises and a lecture on the town's four key strategic buildings and how to keep them guarded by two men each. Reporting to HQ by phone requires to familiarize some with phone booth procedures, which proves a physically hard lesson and starts trouble in the Pike household. Then a German plane actually falls into one of the sites, Walmington's water reservoir.


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