Coupling

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Quotes (240)

  • 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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