Absolutely Fabulous

Season 2 Episode 6


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 1994 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Patsy burns down Eddie's kitchen with her cigarette when she falls asleep. Forced to live out of the sitting room, Eddie and Patsy plan a night out which suits Saffy as she is having her boyfriend around to watch documentaries - yeah right! Unfortunately for all, Mother accidentally locks them in the sitting room and Eddie tries to open up to her daughter and talk to her about sex and her birth, despite Patsy's comments.moreless

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  • Locked in a room

    Patsy, Edina and Saffy are all locked in the drawing room together after Patsy incinerates the kitchen with a cigarette. The best episodes are about all three of the women together and this one has some of the best Patsy vs Saffy parts in the series. Tells us about Saffy's birth and the origin of her nickname "Sweetie Darling."

    Of course the best part is when Patsy and Saffy get full blown against each other and Eddy's terrible attempts at mother daughter bonding via a magazine sex quiz. On of my fav. episodes of the show and it finishes up what to me is the best season of the series.moreless
Jane Horrocks

Jane Horrocks

Bubble, Katy Grin, Lola

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley

Patricia "Patsy" Stone

Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders

Edina "Eddy" Monsoon

Julia Sawalha

Julia Sawalha

Saffron "Saffy" Monsoon

June Whitfield

June Whitfield

Mrs. June "Gran/Mother" Monsoon

Eleanor Bron

Eleanor Bron

Patsy's Mother

Guest Star

Wolf Christian

Wolf Christian


Guest Star

Mia Soteriou

Mia Soteriou

Guitar Player

Guest Star

Christopher Malcolm

Christopher Malcolm


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Saffy rings the fire service at the beginning of the episode, there is no way one can get through that quickly. First one has to ring 999 (as she has done) tell the operator which service is required, wait to be patched through and then tell them the address.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Eddie and Saffy walk down into the kitchen, it's burnt and black all over.
      Eddie spots a figure kneeled across the kitchen table.)

      Eddie: PATSY!!!
      (Patsy lifts up her head, we see half of her face is black. But the half that was on the table is clean.)
      Saffy: She inhaled our kitchen!!

    • (After the firemen put out the blaze in the kitchen.)
      Saffy: (to fireman) What do you think caused the fire?
      Fireman: Could've been a cigarette...
      Edina: (horrified) PATSY!!!
      Saffy: Where is she?
      Edina: (points into kitchen) Down there....(follows Saffy into the kitchen) No, no, Patsy can't be dead, she couldn't have died. But she would never let 6 grown men leave the kitchen alive!

    • Gran: I rather like living like this. It's a bit like the war, dear.
      Eddy: What do you mean it's a bit like the war?
      Saffy: Leave it, Mum.
      Eddy: What does she mean it's a bit like the war? It's a bit like the war without the drab fashion, the powered egg, the rationing, the bombing... In fact, without the war?! Yeah, it's a bit like the war without the war, isn't it, hm?!

    • Edina: Patsy used to go out with Keith Moon, sweetie.
      Patsy: Sort of, you know. I woke up underneath him in a hotel bedroom once.
      Edina: Yeah... That was going-steady for the sixties, believe me.

    • Eddie: You cannot give these sort of clothes to the poor! God, I'm sure they've got enough to contend with without the added humiliation of wearing last season's, sweetie.

    • (Flashback to Patsy's birth)
      Patsy's Mother: I name the child Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau... Stone! Now take it away! And bring me another lover.

    • Patsy: My mother didn't give birth. She had something removed.

    • Patsy: (To Saffy) ...I resent you!
      Edina: No you don't, sweetie-
      Patsy: Yes I do, I hate you! Just when my life hit a good patch, along you came, you miserable piece of flesh. You should have ended up in the dustbin; the incinerator was too good for you! You know, when I heard that Eds was pregnant I told her to abort! ABORT, ABORT. ABORT!!! I said, chuck it down the pan! Bring me-
      Saffy: A knitting needle?
      Patsy: A KNITTING NEEDLE!!! (Saffy smacks Patsy)

    • Edina: The moment you were born darling I knew that I wanted you. Mommy wanted you sweetie. (Edina & Saffy hug)
      Patsy: However! The day after...
      Edina: SHUT UP!!!

    • Edina: I did tell you the facts of life, didn't I, sweetie?
      Saffy: If you mean that time you sat on my bed and shook me awake at two o'clock in the morning, stoned out of your brain, and then slurred into my ear "by the way sweetie, people have it off," then yes, you told me the facts of life.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Parts of this show would eventually be used again in the 4th season for Saffy's play.

    • It was revealed just before this episode aired that the show would be returning for a 3rd season. The fire was meant to be a cliffhanger into the next season, where the entire house (not just the kitchen) would need to be fixed.


    • In Saffy's birth scene, set in the '70s, Patsy is seen as actor Joanna Lumley appeared during this time; in her role as Purdy in The New Avengers which ran from 1976 to 1977.

    • Patsy's name
      "I name the child Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau... Stone."

      In Greek mythology, there were two legendary characters named Eurydice:
      The first, the wife of Orpheus (one of the chief poets and musicians of antiquity) and second, the wife of Creon (one of the ancient kings of Thebes).
      Colette was the pen name of French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873–1954), renowned for her exceptional writing career and provocative lifestyle.
      Clytemnestra was the mythical wife of Greek King Agamemnon, who was famous for his participation to the Trojan War.
      Dido was the legendary founder and first Queen of Carthage in Tunisia, best known from the account given of her by the Roman poet Virgil in his "Aeneid."
      In the Old Testament, Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah the Hittite, then later of King David, and the mother of King Solomon.
      François Rabelais (1493–1553) was a writer of the French Renaissance, a Franciscan friar who later turned into a satirical bawdy pamphleteer.
      Patricia is the patron saint of Naples.
      Jean Cocteau (1889–1963) was an actor. Patsy's mother has an apparent obsession with French culture. However, this could also be one of her surnames, indicating Cocteau as her father.

    • In the sitting room, Edina and Patsy are watching the famous BBC television program Top Of The Pops.