Coupling

Night Lines

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 5/17/04
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  • Episode Description
  • A phone call between Susan and Sally grows and grows as Steve, Patrick, Oliver and Jane gradually find their way onto the line. Will the phone call ever end?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steven Moffat (I)

  • Martin Dennis

  • Olivia Caffrey

    Tamsin

  • Cosima Shaw

    Sexy Girl

  • Nicholas Briggs

    Dalek Voice

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Great episode; hilarious!

    By QueenCornflake, Nov 14, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Steve (to Susan): Sorry I'm so rubbish.

    • Tamsin: So, are you seeing anyone? Oliver: Well, No. I guess it's a bit soon for all that isn't it? Isn't it? Tamsin: It's been a year... Oliver: Well, no we only... Tamsin: Since we've had sex... Oliver: Well actually it's been... Tamsin: Both of us succesfully. Oliver: Okay. (Oliver stares at Tamsin's chest.) Tamsin: What is the fasination with bosom staring? Oliver: I don't know really. Maybe it's because the bosom is the only erogenous zone that can stare back. Tamsin: Goodbye Oliver. Oliver: Tamsin, now that we're officially 'Splitto', do you think we could risk having a friendly drink? Tamsin: No! Oliver: Cool. Tamsin: Bye! Oliver: see ya (She leaves. Door closes. Box screams 'Exterminate' and Oliver hits it. Oliver picks up bag as he looks at door.) Oliver: Definitely thawing... Splitto?

    • Tamsin: Oliver! It's nearly Midnight for goodness sake! Oliver: Oh, Tamsin, Hello. Just got a few deliveries... Craziness! Tamsin: More toys for your little shop? Oliver: Well Tv and movie tie in merchandise if that's what you mean. (He places his hand in a box) Box: Exterminate! Exterm... (Oliver slams the box again) Tamsin: Anyway, I was just passing. Saw you with your face in your drool, lots of little robots, and I thought That'l be my ex-boyfriend... Takes your eyes of my boosem. Oliver: Sorry yeah. (He stares again.) Have they got bigger? Tamsin: No just more unavailable. Oliver: Okay.

    • In bed: Sally: (waking him up): Patrick? Patrick? Patrick: I can't stay the night; I've got a breakfast meeting. Sally: It's okay, it's okay! You’re home. Patrick: Sorry, autopilot Sally: I've heard about your autopilot. Susan has told me stories. Patrick: Like? Sally: Like once you accidentally phoned a girl a taxi before you had sex. Patrick: Oh, that. It wasn’t exactly an accident. Sally: No? Patrick: There’s a difference between an accident and a quickie. Sally: Oh god. Patrick: What? Sally: What sort of woman would ever have sex with you?!

    • Sally: I can't believe I'm with a man with a pregnancy fetish! Patrick: I can't believe I'm with a woman who suddenly wants a baby! Sally: How is it ever gonna work?

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    Notes (3)

    • A Dalek makes an appearance in Hellmouths, Oliver's science fiction store.

    • A bit of continuation. Patrick's cupboard (from 'The Cupboard of Parick's Love')is mentioned again, as there are clues to suggest that Patrick has slept with Jane, and promptly Sally 'demands access to the cupboard'.

    • This episode was taped on March 3, 2004.

    Allusions (4)

    • The fact that Jane seems to be able to freely enter wherever she wishes, whenever she wishes is referenced by Steve's line about their life not being "an American sitcom." It is true that many American sitcoms have an overabundance of unlocked doors, where anyone can waltz in and start speaking to the characters at work, but mostly at home. It could also be an in-joke to the fact that Coupling inspired a short lived American sitcom of the same name. Jane also keeps the keys to all of her ex's flats, hinting that she and Patrick may have had more than just a one-night stand.

    • The Dalek prop is a reference to Dr. Who, the classic British science fiction series and perfect for Oliver's comic book/ collectibles store.

    • Patrick's dream/fantasy is a direct 'steal' of the television show The Prisoner.

    • The title makes reference to the characters being on the phone at night, but also to the lines of communication that are opened- for good and ill- during those night-time calls.

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