The Best Episodes Directed by John B. Hobbs
#1 - A Winkle in Time
'Allo 'Allo! Season 9 - Episode 6
Allied troops are now approaching Nouvion. The two British airmen, who've been shot down again, arrive back at the café. Next day, the Allies finally arrive in the village. Colonel von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber disguise themselves as Britsh airmen but are arrested. Herr Flick and von Smallhausen try to escape in a midget submarine but are also captured. René is given a medal by the Allies. The scene shifts to the 'present'. Gruber, now a rich international art dealer, pays a visit to the café accompanied by Helga. The missing painting of the 'Fallen Madonna' finally comes to light when an arm is accidentally broken off the statue of René outside the café. While everyone is arguing over the painting, René makes yet another attempt to elope with Yvette.
#2 - Arousing Suspicions
'Allo 'Allo! Season 8 - Episode 1
The Resistance want René to set up a mobile radio station. The necessary equipment is dropped by a British plane. Unfortunately, it drops down one of the chimneys of the château. René and his staff take the place of a flamenco dance group booked to perform at the château, so that they can retrieve the radio equipment. Lieutenant Gruber has arranged to deliver a photograph of the painting of the 'Fallen Madonna' to a Spanish art expert who is posing as a member of the real flamenco dance group. Gruber gives the photograph to Monsieur Alphonse, thinking that he's the art expert.
#3 - Missing and Presumed Dead
'Allo 'Allo! Season 9 - Episode 2
Alternative title: "A Tour de France" René is now a 'love slave' to the girls of the Communist Resistance. Meanwhile, it's assumed that he was killed when the windmill was blown up. Monsieur Alphonse has been commissioned to make a statue of him for the town square. René escapes from the Communist Resistance and heads for the café disguised as an elk. He's shot by the Germans, who are out on a hunting trip.
#4 - Gone with the Windmill
'Allo 'Allo! Season 9 - Episode 1
Colonel von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber fail to escape to Spain. René suggests that they hide in a local windmill and pretend to have been kidnapped. General von Klinkerhoffen has ordered the windmill to be used for target practice by the German artillery. René rescues the two German officers and is then captured by the Communist Resistance. Herr Flick has had plastic surgery as part of his plan to escape being captured by the Allies.
#5 - Hitler's Last Heil
'Allo 'Allo! Season 8 - Episode 3
Hitler and Goering are due to visit the area. General von Klinkerhoffen plans to have them assassinated. It turns out that the two German dignitaries are, in fact, impostors sent to the area as decoys. Helga plans to smuggle dynamite into the prison where Herr Flick and von Smallhausen are being held. The dynamite ends up on the lunch table and blows up the two fake German dictators. Colonel von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber are ordered to continue the impersonation of Hitler and Goering. Meanwhile, Mimi is planning to assassinate the supposed German leaders.
#6 - A Fishful of Francs
'Allo 'Allo! Season 8 - Episode 6
Colonel von Strohm stuffs the ten million Francs into a large dogfish and releases it into the river so that the Resistance can retrieve it. Monsieur Alphonse catches the fish instead and sells it to the local fishmonger. Von Smallhausen buys the fish and it's served up to Herr Flick and Helga, who finds the money. Herr Flick offers to return it to Colonel von Strohm in return for the original painting. General von Klinkerhoffen has René and Edith dressed up as Hitler and Goering so that they can be used as bait to trap the Communist Resistance.
#7 - Tarts and Flickers
'Allo 'Allo! Season 9 - Episode 4
Michelle tries to send important microfilm to England via a homing pigeon, but fails. Instead, new plans call for the group to sail to England with the film on a motorized float under the guise of the annual fishmonger's parade. Von Klinkerhoffen tells Gruber and von Strohm of his plans to assassinate Hitler with an exploding picture frame. Flick and von Smallhausen kidnap Mimi and Yvette, using their clothes and keys to enter the café to search for the painting.
#8 - A Fishy Sendoff
'Allo 'Allo! Season 9 - Episode 5
General von Klinkerhoffen takes Colonel von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber out to play golf. While they are playing, they discuss the plot to kill Hitler. Herr Flick eavesdrops on part of the conversation using a bugged golf club. Later, he intercepts the exploding picture frame at the station, thinking it's the painting of the 'Fallen Madonna'. René and company reach the coast, where they find that the Allies are landing.
#9 - Swan Song
'Allo 'Allo! Season 8 - Episode 7
British troops rescue René and Edith just as they're about to be executed. Fanny and Monsieur LeClerc, thinking that René and Edith are now dead, take all of the money they can find in the café and head for Paris. General von Klinkerhoffen now has the compromising photograph of the Lieutenant with the painting, so Colonel von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber decide to head for Spain with the travelling flamenco troupe. Before leaving, they meet Herr Flick to swap the painting for the ransom money. Herr Flick gives them a bundle of newspaper and they give him the 'missing booby'.
#10 - Awful Wedded Wife
'Allo 'Allo! Season 8 - Episode 4
The batteries being used to power the Resistance's mobile radio station need more lead. Monsieur Alphonse, Officer Crabtree, Mimi and Yvette attempt to steal some lead from the church roof. Colonel von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber are disguised as Hitler and Goering so that they can be seen driving out of the area. They are ambushed and captured by the Communist Resistance.
#11 - René Artois Is Still Dead
'Allo 'Allo! Season 9 - Episode 3
Michelle decides to smuggle René to England, since the Germans still think that he's dead. A parade through the town is being held in René's memory. René disguises himself as Officer Crabtree so that he can get to the town museum to hide until he can catch the plane to England. When the planned trip falls through, René decides to give himself up to the Germans. He pretends that he has amnesia caused by the explosion at the windmill.
#12 - Firing Squashed
'Allo 'Allo! Season 8 - Episode 5
Michelle organises a meeting with the Communist Resistance to discuss future propaganda. A fight starts over René. Colonel von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber escape in the confusion and head for the Café René. Herr Flick and von Smallhausen almost meet their maker in front of a firing squad.
#13 - A Woman Never Lies
'Allo 'Allo! Season 8 - Episode 2
Michelle now has the photograph of Lieutenant Gruber holding the painting of the 'Fallen Madonna'. She blackmails the Germans, demanding ten million francs for the return of the photograph. Colonel von Strohm, Lieutenant Gruber and Helga plan to hijack a German pay truck to get the money to recover the photograph. Herr Flick uses a truth drug on Helga and learns about the planned robbery. He and von Smallhausen decide to rob the truck themselves. They arrive just after the robbery has taken place and are arrested as the culprits.