Size Matters

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 5/19/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Susan and Steve prepare to go on their first date (or at least, their first date without their friends gatecrashing.) Susan suggests that she'll cook, sparking debate as to whether that means she's inviting Steve to have sex too. Susan tells Sally - and Steve - that Patrick is particularly well-endowed. This leaves Sally with a tricky dilemma: she's always sworn never to have sex with a Tory, but Patrick is a very big boy... Meanwhile, Steve is increasingly intimidated by Patrick's huge reputation, until Susan finally puts him at ease.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kate Isitt

    Sally Harper

  • Gina Bellman

    Jane Christie

  • Jack Davenport

    Steve Taylor

  • Ben Miles

    Patrick Maitland

  • Sarah Alexander

    Susan Walker

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Steve and Susan's first date. Alone.

    By Angel200489, Feb 12, 2008

  • "I have forgotten in one moment of embarrassment, the ENTIRE english language..." Puppies in a car, package size and the sock gap.

    By colmorgankydd1, Jul 30, 2006

  • Steve and Susan's first at-home date- with cooking!

    By VerityJackson, Aug 19, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Howard: Jane! I am gay. And I've always, always been gay. I was the sperm at the back shouting "No! Don't send me into that big scary cave!" I was the only sperm that had to be chased by the egg. Don't you get it? I'm gay!

    • Susan: I don't want you to get unduly excited, but I'm off to cook. Steve: Great. Susan: You can come and watch. In that order.

    • Jane (about Howard): Isn't he just perfect? Susan: He's gorgeous! Jane: And tonight, he's mine... Steve: Jane, isn't he gay? Jane: Fascist! Steve: No! I'm just saying he goes out with men, not women, men! Jane: Ta-dah! I'm bisexual!

    • Susan: What happened to personality, verve and humor? Sally: Sod them! After all the men I've been out with, I deserve a full size one.

    • Jeff: That looked like a dumping conversation... Patrick: It was. Jeff: How did it go? Patrick: She took it OK...

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    Notes (2)

    • 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.

    Trivia (3)

    • 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.

    • This is the first mention of Steve's facination with Mariella Frostrup. It is also the first mention of Susan's crush on Angus Deayton.

    Allusions (6)

    • 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).

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