- Heartwarming Moments:
- In the episode "The Superstar", a new recruit who happens to be The Ace arrives, and the officers decide that Lofty will have to leave the company to make way for him. Later that night, Beaumont receives a letter inviting him to attend an audition that will get him out of the jungle and make him a star, but after talking to Lofty, and seeing just how upset he really is, Beaumont decides to give the audition to the new recruit so that Lofty won't have to leave.
- In the final episode, "The Last Roll Call", Williams spends the first two acts of the episode being his usual blustering, bullying self, and the Concert Party members relish the prospect of finally telling him to his face what they really think of him (or, in Nobby's case, going straight to violence) once they are discharged. However, when they see how lost and pathetic he looks after receiving his discharge packet - unlike the Concert Party members, he is a career soldier, and has no real life outside the Army - they all quickly make excuses not to get their revenge on him, deciding they can't bear to kick him while he's down. As they convene afterward in a railway station canteen, Williams claims that his civilian job as a prison warder has been put on hold, so he'll be staying in the area for a while. But Parkins senses he isn't telling the whole truth, and after the rest of the Concert Party leave to catch their train, he comes back:
Parkins: ... You didn't get that job, did you, Sergeant Major.
Williams: ... no. No, they, er, they turned me down. Too old. Still, depressing places, prisons, aren't they?
Parkins: So you haven't got anywhere to go, then?
Williams: Well... nowhere special!
Parkins: What about that widow lady, in Wales, with the pub that you was always tellin' me about?
Williams: [dejected] Yeah, well, I... I rang her up last night and... her new husband answered the phone.
Parkins: ... I tell you what! You can come and stay with Mum and me! Until you get things sorted out.
Williams: [stunned] ... I couldn't do that!
Parkins: 'Course you can! Mum always asked after you in her letters.
Williams: [softly] Edith... I haven't seen her for twenty-five years... I'd like to see her again.
Parkins: Well, that's it, then!
Williams: Only 'til I get myself sorted out, mind!
Parkins: Ah, you'll soon do that!
Beaumont: [outside] COME ON PARKY!
Parkins: Come on, sir! [he and Williams get up from the table and collect their belongings; Parkins opens the canteen door]
Williams: After you, lovely boy. [smiles] Shoulders back. Fine pair of shoulders. Show 'em off.
- Values Dissonance: One reason the series has hardly ever been repeated on British television is its perceived racist portrayal of the Indian characters, and especially the casting of Caucasian Englishman Michael Bates as Rangi Ram. The series' defenders note that Bates was born and raised in India (he learned to speak Hindi before he could speak English) and retained a lifelong fondness for the country which he poured into his performance, while a number of the actual South Asian regular and guest cast members expressed gratitude that, in the otherwise almost all-white landscape of 1970s British television, there was at least one series where they could find work.