Coupling

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 6

    Nine and a Half Months (2)

    Aired 6/14/04

  • S 4 : Ep 5

    The Naked Living Room (1)

    Aired 6/7/04

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    Circus of the Epidurals

    Aired 5/31/04

  • S 4 : Ep 3

    Bed Time

    Aired 5/24/04

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    Night Lines

    Aired 5/17/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Alexander

    Susan Walker

  • Richard Coyle

    Jeff Murdock (Season 1-3)

  • Jack Davenport

    Steve Taylor

  • Ben Miles

    Patrick Maitland

  • Gina Bellman

    Jane Christie

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  • Two's company, three's a crowd... so what do you do with six?On average, men and women think about sex every six seconds. Shorten that to every second, and you've got Coupling.It's more than just a one night stand!When a couple gets together, it's never just the two of them - they also bring baggage - and Susan (Sarah Alexander) and Steve (Jack Davenport) are no exception. Their baggage is a crowd of best friends and exes who talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps...Susan Walker is a beautiful go-getter with an uninhibited attitude who used to date Patrick Maitland (Ben Miles), the sextet's charismatic, cocky player, London's king of conquests - a guy who's just too cool to worry about being smart. Attractive Sally Harper (Kate Isitt) is a beauty therapist who is Susan's unashamedly vain best friend, who aggressively battles aging with heavy doses of moisturizer and men - including Patrick. Meanwhile, Steve Taylor, while getting together with Susan, can't seem to shake loose from his vivacious and slightly vacuous ex-girlfriend Jane Christie (Gina Bellman), a woman supremely confident in her ability to seduce anyone of either sex, and who refuses to be dumped unless she's the one doing the dumping. Jeff Murdoch (Richard Coyle) is Steve's "porn buddy" who is, in equal parts, obsessed and bewildered by actual sex; charming in his way, but with an uncanny ability to say the wrong thing at the worst possible time. He works in the same office as Susan, with whom he had a disastrous and unsuccessful one-night fling. After Coyle left the series, a new character was introduced in season 4 as his replacement, Oliver (Richard Mylan).Coupling has been honoured with the prestigious Silver Rose of Montreux, Best TV Comedy Award, and is recent winner at the 2003 British Comedy Awards. Coupling comes from writer/creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue, and executive producer Beryl Vertue. The show is directed by Martin Dennis.moreless

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    • Susan: Let's just take it one breast at a time.

    • Jeff: Your best friend is dead, but there's a bright side.

    • Susan: You have a girlfriend? Steve: Well... at the moment. Susan: At the moment? Steve: You're early.

    • (Susan shows her breasts to her friends) Jeff: No, no! That's the left, we want the good one.

    • (Susan is being forced to show the gang a breast) Susan: Which one, any preference? Jeff: Either. Steve: Don't mind... Patrick: The right one... trust me. Susan: What's wrong with the left one? Patrick: Oh don't be like that. There has to be a second place. Susan: I wasn't aware you assessed them individually. Patrick: You were asleep, I was bored!

    • Susan: We were only seeing each other once a week. That's not exactly a sex life. You must have been doing a lot of... um... solo flights? Patrick: No, I wasn't. Susan: Oh, come on? Patrick: I certainly was not. I was saving it all up for you. Susan (laughs): No, really? Oops! Look, I'm not saying it wasn't good. I'm just saying it didn't seem like a week's worth.

    • Steve: It's not as bad as it sounds. I was in the toilet cubical with Jane. When I nipped out to get a condom, I asked out Susan. Jeff: The zone has a new king. (bows down to Steve) But you will rule alone.

    • Jeff: I was only faking so I wouldn’t have to have sex with you. That wasn’t a great defence was it? Look, sex can be very stressful for men - you judge us on technique, sensitivity, stamina - we’re just happy if you're naked, half-naked, one breast...

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    Notes (57)

    • Interestingly enough, one of the main plot points here, wherein Steve is trying to dump Jane but she refuses to accept, is mirrored in the American show "Sports Night" towards the end of its first season, as Jeremy attempts to dump Natalie, but she refuses to be dumped. In Sports Night, though, Natalie is the one who is right, and Jeremy is being silly. If there was any copying, it likely had to be Coupling, as the SN episodes were aired a good year before Coupling appeared.

    • This episode was remade in the American "Coupling", but with all "unflushable" references cut out, so that episode title is simply "Pilot".

    • The first appearance of Mariella Frostrup who will appear one more time in season 3 premiere.

    • Basis of the AmeriCoupling episode of the same title, with all the political dialog changed using American political figures as opposed to Thatcher and Blair.

    • Basis of the AmeriCoupling episode of the same name, except the Giggle Loop plot ends differently.

    • Jill, Jane's therapist, and the dinner will be seen and remembered in the Series 4 episode, Circus of the Epidurals.

    • Steven Moffat originally intented this episode for the AmeriCoupling pilot, but NBC didn't like that pilot, so it was refilmed using "Flushed" instead of this one.

    • This episode includes a short tag scene involving Patrick and Jane's therapist after the credits.

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    Trivia (40)

    • The opening song is "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps", sung by Mari Wilson.

    • JEFFISM: Unflushables: The type of women you can’t get rid of because they keep "bobbing around".

    • When Susan shows her breast to her friends, you can see in one shot through her shirt that she is wearing a bra.

    • The main characters are called Steve and Susan, after the writer Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue (who are married in real life).

    • JEFFISM: Porn Buddies: In the event of one buddy's death, the surviving buddy goes immediately to the dead bud's house and removes all porn before the deceased's parents find it.

    • Steve comes out of the cubicle to buy a condom, but since he meets Susan there he doesn't get it. After his return he and Jane immediately "get going" without -as we have to believe- the condom.

    • JEFFISM: The Sock Gap - The point where a man decides to remove his socks before becoming intimate. Jeff's recommendation is between shoe removal and pant removal.

    • The number of drinks consumed by the gang at the bar gradually increases from scene to scene.

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    Allusions (51)

    • Steve: Remember Crippen? Jane: Here we go, bring up Crippen again. You seem to forget the Crippens enjoyed many happy years of marriage before he murdered her. Steve is referring to Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen who in 1910 murdered his wife to be with his lover Ethel le Neve. He was tried, sentenced and executed for the murder later that year.

    • Jeff: Yeah, like in The Blob. The Blob is an independently made American horror/science-fiction film from 1958 depicting a giant amoeba-like alien that terrorizes the small community of Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

    • Jeff tells Steve to check all of Susan's remotes for batteries, implying that the batteries are used for other kinds of entertainment and enjoyment. Steve's nightmarish daydream also illustrates what the lads think the batteries might be used for.

    • Patrick: (acts scared) You're oppressing me. Patrick's delivery of the line is like in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which a peasant says the same thing.

    • Sally: You like Portillo? Patrick: I nearly cried when he lost his seat. This is a reference to the British conservative politician Michael Portillo whose loss of his seat in the 1997 general election came as a surprise to many politicians and commentators.

    • Jeff: Many men have fallen through the sock gap, Patrick. (Jeff makes like he is using "The Force" by closing his hand in a choking fashion like Darth Vader did. Patrick begins to swallow hard). Under the sexual arena of Earthly delight, there is a deadly pit of socks. (Jeff relaxes his hand, Patrick relaxes).

    • Patrick and Howard mock Sally's political party by calling it The Evil Empire, humming a Star Wars theme, and Patrick mimics Darth Vader to tease Sally some more.

    • Sally: But, I didn't inhale. Sally's line about attending a funeral is quoted from Bill Clinton about his marijuana use from his '92 campaign.

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  • Fan Reviews (71)
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    By kikkapi, Jan 02, 2015

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