Coupling

Nine and a Half Minutes

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 5/10/04
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  • Episode Description
  • One bar, three different points of view, the same nine and a half minutes. Susan and Steve are pregnant (mostly Susan), Patrick and Sally are discussing relationships (mostly Sally), and Jane has a blind date - but will his job be a problem? Meanwhile, in the skies above an Aegean island, terrible danger grows.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steven Moffat (I)

  • Martin Dennis

  • Robin Kermode

    Dr. Reynolds

  • Amanda Abbington

    Nicola

  • Pandora Colin

    Emma

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • this eppisode is told in three parts from the 3 couple's perspectives... pure genious

    By phoenix_1986, Aug 01, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • (Talking to Oliver thinking he's a gynecologist) Oliver: So why are you asking about John Hurt? Steve: Well... Susan: Maybe I should explain. I'm in a John Hurt way at the moment. (making the sign and a noise of an alien erupting out of her) Oliver: Right... Steve: She means... She's incubating an alien life form and one day it's going to climb out and destroy our world.

    • Susan: Can we please talk about this pregnancy without bringing up John Hurt? Steve: No man can do that!

    • Sally: So why a dating agency? Jane: Because I'm tired of wasting my time on people who aren't desperate... which thinking about it was probably the wrong thing to say on my video message.

    • Susan: Is there a noise coming from your bag? Jane: Oh. It's my phone, it's on vibrate. But it's no substitute, is it?!

    • Jane: You know, for a minute there I thought I was having a date with my gynecologist. Oliver: Oh christ! I'm sorry it's just such a short skirt.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode marks the first appearace of Oliver, played by Richard Mylan.

    • This episode was taped on February 25, 2004.

    Allusions (4)

    • Steve likens childbirth to the Alien, from Alien, bursting from John Hurt's character's chest.

    • Oliver's fantasy, science fiction, horror bookshop is called "Hell-mouths", which is a reference to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which a hell-mouth is a prominent plot device.

    • Jeff travelling to the island Lesbos is not completely in error since the word "lesbian" is actually derived from the islands name.

    • The title refers to the fact that this episode consists of three parts, each depicting the same time-interval of exactly 9 1/2 minutes from a different point of view. It is also a nod to the Kim Basinger-Mickey Roarke movie, 9 1/2 Weeks and frames the fourth season with the last episode "9 1/2 months".

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