The irony is, that the bit where they do split the house, accounts for under half the episode, however Ray and Alan maximise the moment with one funny moment after the other. It seems we are laughing continually. Is it any wonder we all remember this episode with affection.
What shouldn’t be forgotten is that the other parts of the episode where the house is in its original state, is classic Steptoe. All of the features of the comedy are here, Harold’s self-aggrandisement, some classic “dirty old man” behaviour and a good old rummage amongst the junk.
The episode starts with Harold deciding the time has come to decorate the home. As usual all of his ideas are rejected by Albert. Harold selects a wallpaper from the brochure that has been used in Blenheim Palace, Albert pours scorn on this, his suggestion is to “Bung all the bits up” from the wallpaper brochure.