It's a week since Kate and George Starling returned from their honeymoon and George is back at work, though still at the stage where he wants to call Kate in the middle of the day just to see how she is. We learn that George works in an office (of course: it's inconceivable he could work anywhere else), but nothing about what he actually does there. Not that it matters, of course, as the reason we're shown George's worklife is just to get him out of the house and to contrast his homely newlywed lifestyle with that of his lothario workmate Miles (Edward De Souza). Miles is aghast at George's lack of interest in going out and having fun since getting married: "it's turned you into a sort of Prince of Darkness" is his curious assessment.
|"I thought so. I can hear your chains rattling"|
The crust of Kate's steak and kidney pie is now inedible ("It isn't a pie if it hasn't got a top on it," George grumbles, "It's a stew"). It signals the start of a fraught evening between the pair, with George beginning to wonder if, between Kate and Miles, he has any say in his life at all.
|George isn't happy|
|Kate isn't happy George isn't happy|
Eventually George catches up with Miles in the pub, only to learn the pub crawl's been cancelled and Miles has got a hot date (or so he claims). George resorts to boasting about how wonderful his home life is, an endless round of delicious home cooked meals and sophisticated dinner parties (where people consume such glamorous fare as Bloody Marys and chicken in aspic). The cheese sandwich Miles has managed to get from behind the bar seems even more unappetising in comparison.
In retaliation Miles talks of the benefits of being single and having an endless stream of available women on tap (though George points out that the pub's not exactly full of lookers).
Miles shares some of his tips for picking up women: coffee bars a good bet. The girls in them may be scruffy beatniks but at least they won't stay in to wash their hair. Alarm bells ring for George when Miles boasts of his prowess in getting off with women in the cinema - especially wives in the midst of a row with their husbands. Quick as a flash George is out scouring the local fleapits to make sure Kate isn't being pawed by a sweaty backseat Casanova (films playing include The Great Escape, The Lawless Breed and The Wild and the Willing). George is unable to locate his wife, but he learns two things: firstly that Miles was right about cinemas being full of women who are gagging for it...
...and secondly that Miles himself may have been exaggerating about his success with them.
|You never hear the phrase "drink on a stick" these days,do you?|