Absolutely Fabulous

Season 5 Episode 10

White Box

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 25, 2004 on BBC
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Edina tried to bring her vision for a new kitchen to life. Trouble is, she's awfully fuzzy on the specifics on how the room should look. Her decorating woes are compounded by the fact that her designer is emotionally unstable, and Saffy completely disapproves of the remodel.moreless

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  • And so it seems this is where we leave Edina and Patsy... The series at least ended hilariously!

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    "White Box" aired on Christmas day of 2004. The episode was a special and featured new hilarious characters and some great old ones. Saffy goes to Africa to get married to John, the father of her child, she tells Edina not to change anything. Of course Edina decides to change the kitchen and gets classic characters Max and Bettina, the minamalists from Season 2's "New Best Friend" to do it. The kitchen is transformed into an empty white box and Bettina is taken back to the mental institution in which she came. Saffy returns and is not pleased with what's been done and orders her mother to fix it. The rest of the episode we follow Edina and Patsy around London to different shops meeting great characters who try and help Edina figure out what she had envisioned for her kitchen. Kuntz, an ecentric shopkeeper (played by Nathan Lane), suggests she may have seen it in another life so Edina hires a transgressor (Laurie Metcalf, Jackie from Roseanne) and winds up getting kicked out by Saffy when she accidentally hits Jane. We last see Edina and Patsy living in the store front window of The Conran Shop.



    This seems to be the series last episode since actress and series writer, Jennifer Saunders, has stated she will no longer act and will focus on writing. It does bring me down to know that this may be the last I'll see of 2 of my favorite villainous characters, but at least the series ended with this hilarious special. We will always love you ABFAB! And you'll live on in my dvd collection!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

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Crystalline

Guest Star

Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow

Max

Guest Star

Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson

Bettina

Guest Star

Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan

Marshall

Recurring Role

Mo Gaffney

Mo Gaffney

Bo

Recurring Role

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer

Catriona

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Edina: So what's the inspiration here?
      Max: Holocaust.
      Bettina: Don't you like it?
      Edina: No, I love it, I love it, I think it's lovely, just thinking, perhaps something a little warmer…
      Bettina: Max, turn on the pebbles.
      (Max ignites an electric stone firepit)
      Bettina: COZY ENOUGH FOR YOU?

    • Bettina: I want [the table] out!
      Max: We can't get it out.
      Bettina: Why?
      Max: 'Cause you've taken out the stairs!

    • (Talking about the room)
      Eddy: How are we doing?
      Bettina: Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
      Eddy: She worried?
      Max: She's um, feeling it. Genuis
      Eddy: So what's the inspiration here?
      Max: Holocaust.

    • Gran: Yes, I've got the DIY channel. (Eddy gives her a look) Well you got it for me dear.
      Eddy: That isn't the DIY channel you stupid woman. It's the DYI channel, Do Yourself In, it's the Euthanasia Network! And you're on a short-subscription, let me tell you.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The Bettina in this episode and "New Best Friend" is different from the Bettina from Season 1. In "White Box" and "New Best Friend" Bettina is an extreme minimalist, however in the first season ("France") Eddie talks about how she needs have items imported to decorate Bettina's apartment.

    • We learn in this episode that Saffy went to Africa to formally marry John. She married him, but discovered he had more wives. We also learn that this entire time, the house has been in Saffy's name.

    • This episode guest stars Laurie Metcalf, famous for playing the role of Jackie Harris on the American sitcom Roseanne. The last time Metcalf was with the cast of AbFab was on the Roseanne episode "[url=http://www.tv.com/roseanne/satan-darling/episode/28307/summary.html]Satan, Darling[/url]".

    • This episode aired Christmas day on BBC1 at 10:30PM.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Crystalline: If you encounter Shirley MacLaine, send her home to me, because she owes me money.
      A quick and funny reference to actress/dancer Shirley MacLaine.

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