Black Books

Season 3 Episode 6


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 2004 on Channel 4
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Episode Summary

Fed up with being stuck in the dusty old bookshop on a Friday night, and with the hopes of meeting a delectable young lady at a party, Manny and Fran persuaded Bernard to attend a party. After a night of heavy drinking, a very sloshed Bernard has a nasty surprise waiting for him.moreless

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  • On a friday night, manny, fran and bernard decide to go to a party where manny finds a girl he likes.

    A series like this deserves a better finale. This is one of my favourite shows ever and i really was hoping for a better episode, though it is better than some shows best episodes. The scene where they all dance is brilliant; it's amazing how they can all dance so hilariously. Every time Bernard says Rowena in his high pitched voice is great. And the end scene where Manny leaves Bernard downstairs with ear muffs on his genius. This is one of my favourite shows of all time, and one have two of my favourite characters (Manny and Bernard) but this episode wasn't good enough for me as a series finale. Though if you haven't seen it i still recommend watching it.moreless
  • I don't know what it is about this episode, but it's unforgettable. Perhaps it's seeing the more vulnerable side to Bernard, who knows? But it's one of those episodes that just stays with me. Very specialmoreless

    In this episode, we start with a bored Manny and Fran trying to convince Bernard to leave the shop on a friday night and go to a party being held by some of Manny's friends. Suspicious of Manny's enthusiasm, Bernard begins to question his true intentions...and learns to his shock that Manny is interested in a young lady named Rowena. And so, Bernard agrees to go to the party, if for no other reason than to meet this person who may like Manny. As Bernard puts it: 'I'm trying to picture this girl who likes you, and all i can see is you in a dress'

    And so, after a night of heavy drinking, they return to the shop. Following an 'interesting' dancing competition in which all three are left gasping for breath, Manny has a rant at Bernard for not having any feelings and accuses him of not knowing what love is. To his shock, Manny learns that Bernard was once engaged but his fiance had died. Of course, this is all too serious for Black Books, so once Bernard is out of the room, Fran reveals that his fiance never really died...she faked her death to get out of marrying Bernard. Manny, of course, spills the beans and Bernard is less than impressed.

    This is one of those episodes that is funny all the way through but has a really interesting plot beneath it. It's very cleverly woven and full credit is to be given to the writers. It's got us in tears of laughter at Fran's 'circusize' class and feeling incredibly sympathetic towards Bernard, which is quite a deviation from the norm. As a series finale, i don't think we could have asked for better. It had me laughing all the way through and yet left me feeling as though it had ended at its peak. A very worthwile episode rich in both comedy and plot. 10/10 and a round of applause!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Manny: You don't actually have a heart, Bernard. Just a shard of ice.
      Fran: Flint.
      Manny: Sorry?
      Fran: Flint, I always thought of it... as a piece of flint.

    • Manny: I didn't want to leave that party! I was enjoying it, it was great!
      Bernard: No it wasn't. The music was too loud, the food was cold, the drinks were too few, and the people many. It was everything I expected... and less. Anyway, I'm never going outside again unless I need someplace to throw up.

    • (scruffy and drunk from the party)
      Fran: My hair. Is my hair still good?
      Bernard: Yeah you're a vision.

    • (drunkenly coming back from the party, on the other side of the door)
      Bernard: The key, the key it won't go in the thing!
      Fran: Bernard, you are using your finger.
      Bernard: Oh yeah.

    • Fran: Do you notice anything different about me? My hair! I got it done! Isn't it perfect, aren't I divine, don't you think I'm more me than I've ever been? I can't believe you didn't notice.
      Bernarnd: Men have a different way of noticing hair and appearance... which is not noticing.

    • Bernard: It was Friday night last week, it'll be Friday night next week, and every week until we're dead and even then the whole wretched cycle will continue.

    • Bernard: Yeah, well before you move to the country to raise your bearded freak circus, tell me about her. What's she like? What are her prospects?
      Manny: She's nice!
      Bernard: Oh, she's nice?! She... don't make me get sick into my own scorn!! Does she play the viola? Does she embroider? Is she kind to the servants?!
      Manny: I don't know. I just know that I like her. And there's a good chance she likes me, that's all.
      Bernard: Okay, well, we are going to this party, because I am trying to picture this girl who likes you, and all I can see is you, in a dress.

    • Manny: Right. I think tonight's gonna be something special. I think we should open the best bottle we've got!
      Bernard: Not the four pound forty-nine!!
      Manny: Tonight's the night! This is the stuff Napoleon would have drunk if he'd been a bit strapped... and, er, he couldn't get anything else.

    • Fran: Look at my new phone! Look, look, look, look! Look, it's got web access, it's got a camera. Look, it can do everything!
      Bernard: Gah! Can it stop boring conversations?
      Fran: No, none of them can do that...
      Bernard: Mine can! (Picks up receiver) Shut up about your phone!!

    • Manny: Why are you getting so angry?
      Bernard: I can't help being angry when I'm furious!

    • Bernard: What is this... I'm drinking? It's disgu... It's like a chock ice fell into a bottle of bleach. It's children's booze! What's yours?
      Fran: Bludge. It's quite good actually. You don't even have to drink it. You just rub it on your hips and it eats right through to your liver.

    • Bernard: Can we go now?
      Manny: Yeah. We're all set. Let's, paaar....

      • Bernard: You know I don't approve of you seeing other girls - people! Who is she anyway, this so called person?!

      • Manny: Rowena. She's a friend of Anne's.

      • Bernard: Oh... I see. Roweeeeena. Roweeeeena. And what am I supposed to do when you're doing the underpants-Charleston with this insane blind tart?!

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