Absolutely Fabulous

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 1994 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Edina discovers that the alimony payments from her ex-husbands, Justin and Marshall, have stopped. Does this mean she will be very poor? After consulting her accountant and much badgering from Saffy, Edina decides to make some sacrifices in her exuberant lifestyle to better herself, only to make matters worse by ending up in court.moreless

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  • One of my favorites because of the courtroom scene....

    Edina & Patsy\'s exploits are the funniest part of this episode. Patsy keeps putting nicotine patches on Saffron while Edina looks on to get back at Saffron over making Edina have to cut back, they park their car on the sidewalk of Harvey Nicols, threaten an annoyed woman driver and honk at pedestrians in crosswalks, yelling \"It\'s a road, it\'s a road\"!!! And that\'s not all but these are the highlights.

    The most notable part of this episode that no one\'s mentioned is Edina\'s speech in court when she & Patsy have been arrested. In fact, my favorite line of the whole thing (that at one time I used as my voice mail message) is:

    \"Why, oh why, do we pay taxes, hmmmmmm???\"

    Basically, Edina claims that England\'s government has too many ridiculous laws and wants to enact a stupidity tax, \"just tax the stupid people\". I\'m all for that tax!!moreless
  • perfect example of what the show is all about

    Absolutely Fabalous is probably the best show in the world! Now only is it world-famous, but very revealing of what so many people are really like. Easily the best episodes of the series are Poor, Hospital, and Fashion because they reveal so much about Edina's very complicated and well-rounded character. It reminds me very much of Karen on Will and Grace. The Ab Fab girls and Karen have so much in common. They are very disillusioned of the world around them, but only because it is very difficult in this world to express how you truly feel. Edina is frightened that she will become "poor" when in fact she probably will not be. She has sustained this lifestyle for so long that it would be very difficult to live any other lifestyle as is very evident in the grocery shopping scene, and driving herself after being so used to being chauffeured for so long. They immerse themselves into drugs and alcohol and oblivion because real-life is so painful for them. This is very indicative of so many people in this world by them putting on false fronts. Not only is this show hilarious but makes a statement, just like Will and Grace, Fawlty Towers, The Golden Girls, and even the Brady Bunch.moreless
  • Very Funny

    In this episode Saffy decides to fool Eddie into thinking she is poor. Her alimony is cancelled by her two ex-husbands and Saffie makes her meet up with an accountant to discuss her current financial situation. It is amusing to see Eddie's take on being frugal. Saffy asks her to purchase a smaller more efficent car and Eddie buys a two seater jaguar convertible. She ultimately ends up getting the car towed and creating so much havoc in the city that she has to do community service in an old folks home.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Edina & Patsy try to steal a crate of champagne by putting it under the shopping cart. Britain was one of the first countries to have motion detectors to detect if people tried to steal from the store in that manner.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Edina: Bubble! Wake up, Bubble! Come on! Wake up, darling! Oh, it's like tea-break on the Thunderbirds set. Somebody operate her, please!

    • Eddie: Oh god, well what on earth is the point of having an accountant if he's within the law?!

    • Patsy (defending Eddie): My name is Patsy Stone, I'm an alcoholic and what she did was an act of humanitarian mercy.
      Judge: That is hardly a reason to steal a crate of champagne.

    • Eddie: I'm not like Saffy, I can't walk around looking like a...
      Patsy: ...stale old piece of toast.
      Eddie: Exactly. It takes more than a cold flannel and some Body Shop oatmeal scrub for me, you know. I mean, I can't meet clients smelling like an old bowl of porridge, can I, sweetie?

    • Saffy: Oh, so not only do you want the man to die of passive smoking, but you also want to deny him a living of any kind.
      Edina: Passive smo- I suppose we're shortening your life are we, darling?
      Patsy: If only.

    • Bubble: I turned on the.. hmm... what-cha-ma-call-it this morning…
      Saffron: Radio?
      Bubble: I want to say "telephone".. That's not right... Not right... (going through possibilities in her head) You look at it.
      Eddie: Television!
      Bubble: That's it!

    • Edina: These are new! Tell her, Saffy, darling. The seventies are back!
      Mother: Oh, does that mean you'll be voting Labour again, dear?

    • Patsy: Good Morning, Television? My God! If they could market that in pill form, Switzerland would be plunged into a recession.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode features Edina and Patsy becoming involved in a minor road rage incident with a woman driver. Around 8 years after this was originally shown on TV it is repeated regularly on UK Gold with the road rage scene intact. However on the rare occasion in which this episode was repeated on BBC2 in the 21st century this scene was cut, possibly because the BBC didn't want to encourage road rage.

    • This episode was meant to air third, but the BBC changed the order at the last minute.

    • This episode features some of the few shots of London "done outside of a car."

    • Eddie's full name: Edwina Margrette Rose Monsoon