The Kink in Foggy’s Niblick is the fifth episode of the third series of Last of the Summer Wine. In the episode Foggy tries to get Clegg and Compo to play football with him, but Foggy gets exhausted during the game, and so the trio go to Sid’s. Foggy explains that his strong spot is golf (or ‘goff’ as Foggy phrases it) and so he arranges to go out to golf with Sid, Compo and Clegg to show his skills off. However, he hasn’t goffed since September 1939, and his clubs are in less than pristine condition.
This has got to be one of my favorite episodes. Where do I start? Every scene is perfect. The opening football scene has some really good physical comedy, such as Compo kicking his welly off. The scene in the cafe is also great, and Foggy pronouncing ‘golf’ as ‘goff’ had me in stitches. The scene in Foggy’s attic was also great, with Compo making the dummy out to be Nora Batty and Clegg going on about the Great Wardrobe Spider evoke many laughs. The trio work really quite well together, and this episode is a perfect example of why this trio seem to be everyone’s favorite(myself included). Sid is also quite good in this episode. The scene where he’s trying to lie to Ivy about going out golfing is also quite good. You can tell that she knows whats going on the whole time.
All of this is great, but the icing on the cake has to be the final 15 minutes when they actually get to the golf course. It is perfect from the moment that Compo and Clegg ride up and Compo just decides to get off and walk the rest of the way. They then meet up with Foggy, who appoints Compo his caddie in an attempt to get him out of the way and get respect from his fellow golfers. He even hides Compo behind plants in the bar! But Compo isn’t that easy to be rid of, shouting over the plants and sticking his head through them. They meet up with Sid and go to golf. Foggy is determined that his old clubs are still functional, and golfs with the ridiculously bent clubs, much to the amusement of Clegg and Sid. Compo meanwhile finds out that returning lost golf balls gets you money, so he goes off to steal everyone’s balls and return them.
In the end, this has to be one of my favorite episodes of Last of the Summer Wine. The trio work together perfectly, and it has a laugh every minute. The episode is also well directed by Sydney Lotterby. I struggle to find any faults in this episode.