Funny / Rumpole of the Bailey

  • Guthrie Featherstone in a disco in a tiger-print shirt.
  • Claude Erskine-Brown singing with joy after finding out that he'd gotten Phyllida pregnant (leading up to a Heartwarming Moment when he doesn't prove to be half as conservative about her continuing to work as she'd thought).
  • "Soapy Sam" Ballard drunk on three (according to his words—no, four (according to his fingers)—no, five (according to Erskine-Brown)) glasses of sherry.
  • Guthrie Featherstone could fill a whole page. Highlights include frantically trying to lose a golf match against an influential judge in an early series, getting a legitimate massage for an elbow injury then spending the rest of the episode trying to avoid being implicated in a scandal involving massage parlours that were secretly "knocking shops", inadvertently invoking the wrath of feminist groups in "Rumpole and the Tap End" (and his later, equally disastrous attempts to extricate himself), and being tricked by Rumpole into inadvertently threatening a judge's strike in "Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent."
  • A related real life CMOF: In Edinburgh, off the high street, there is a pub called The Advocate which uses a portrait of Rumpole on its sign. Under the portrait hangs the legend: Called to the Bar.
  • The entire exchange where Claude Erskine-Brown interviews Dave Inchcape (as per the Mistaken for Gay entry on the main page). Dave is trying to tell him about his experience as a barrister, but due to a misunderstanding Erskine-Brown thinks he's trying telling him about his experiences being gay leading to obvious confusion.
  • In "Rumpole's Last Case", when Rumpole thinks he doesn't ever have to try a case before Judge Bullingham again he decides he has the freedom to say what he really thinks.
  • Pretty much every line spoken by Uncle Tom. For example, in "Rumpole and the Quality of Life" Erskine-Brown is talking about discrimination in Chambers and Uncle Tom things asks if the candidate (Inchcape) is black (which, he's told, he isn't). He then goes into a story about a Chambers that had had a black member who ended up becoming Prime Minster of a foreign country and gave the members of his Chambers various senior positions. Then, later, when he actually sees their new member he looks a bit confused and says, "Oh, that chap, Inchcape, remarkably fair skinned for an African Prime Minister. Do you think we've been led up the garden?"
  • Claude Erskine-Brown is told by a psychiatrist that his problem is he wants to sleep with his mother. When Rumpole asks him if it's true, he responds "Certainly not" and that "Mummy would never have stood for it". Then rather than acknowledging that he'd have a problem with such a coupling on incestuous grounds, Erskine-Brown goes on to explain why he didn't find her in the least bit attractive (she was a rather corpulent woman) and that he wouldn't sleep with her even if they were trapped alone on a desert island.