Absolutely Fabulous

Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 26, 1992 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Edina and Patsy go on holiday to France but the luxury they've booked turns out to be the ramshackle servants quarters. Unable to negotiate the local shops, Edina orders Saffy bring food from England. Bubble turns up too, with news that Edina's interior design business has hit problems.moreless

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Jon Plowman

Jon Plowman

Waiter in France

Guest Star

Geoff McGivern

Geoff McGivern

Customs Officer

Guest Star

Juliette Mole

Juliette Mole

Air Hostess

Guest Star

June Whitfield

June Whitfield


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Patsy's luggage is searched there is a paperback edition of the Judith Krantz novel Dazzle in her baggage.

    • When Saffy arrives with the food, Edina grabs it from her hands and drops a bread loaf on her way to the counter. When the wide shot comes up, the bread isn't on the floor. It too, has vanished.

    • Edina and Patsy order a bottle of champagne on the plane and put it on the table in front of them. In the next shot, the bottle has vanished.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Edina: A cockroach! No don't kill it, darling. I'm a Buddhist, I could come back as one of those.
      Patsy: I think that one had a coronary, sweetie.

    • Patsy: You can't go to France and not drink. The chateau we're staying at is in the middle of a vineyard. The air alone is 15% proof.

    • Eddie: Just remember one thing: Cancel my aromatherapy, my psychotherapy and reflexology, my osteopath, my homeopath and my naturopath, my crystal reading, my shiatsu, my organic hairdresser... and see if I can be rebirthed next Tuesday afternoon.
      Bubble: Consider it done.

    • Saffy (to Eddie): Someone chooses what you wear, someone chooses what you eat, someone does your brain and three times a week someone shoves a hose up your backside and flushes it all out of you.

    • Eddie (drunkenly getting into the right side of a French car): Shit! Someone's taken the steering wheel!

    • Patsy: I need to see my lawyer. I must be allowed to make that telephone call before my freedom is finally snatched away from me.
      Officer: That won't be necessary Mrs. Stone. The white powder we found was a perfectly harmless innocent substance. You're all free to go.
      Patsy: I beg your pardon?
      Officer: You're free to go. Be a bit more careful next time.
      Patsy: But hang on there! I want you to test it! Come back here! I paid a huge amount of money for that substance! Don't tell me it was talcum powder!!!

    • Eddie: I mean, a mosquito's never bitten you, for god's sake.
      Patsy: The last mosquito that bit me had to book into the Betty Ford clinic.

  • NOTES (1)

    • All the France scenes were filmed over a period of 2 days in the middle of bad weather. All the shots you see are from when the weather finally died down.


    • Patsy: Eddy! Rosemary's Baby has arrived with food!

      Patsy is referring to the 1960's movie directed by Roman Polanski where Mia Farrow's baby is the son of the AntiChrist. Since she is talking about Saffy, her feelings towards Saffy are pretty clear.

    • Gran: It's a sort of spaceage teapot, isn't it dear. A teapot to boldly go, where no teapot has gone before.
      A quick and funny stab at the popular sci-fi series Star Trek.