Coupling (US)

Season 1 Episode 1

The Right One

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Sep 25, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Right One
It's lust at first sight for Steve when he is reintroduced to his best friend, Jeff's, co-worker, Susan, smack dab in the midst of trying to tear one off with his bisexual, threesome-loving girlfriend, Jane, whom he intended to dump before she played those two cards.

Steve decides to finally break it off with Jane and to go out with Susan, only he leaves the breaking up part until the night of his first date with Susan, and Susan arrives before Jane does. Before long they are joined by Steve's best friend Jeff, Susan's best Friend Sally, and Susan's ex Patrick. Between them they have a lot of baggage, but will they ever work anything out?moreless

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  • This should have never be done.

    After watching the entire British version of "Coupling," which could easily be signed as one of the best British TV series of all time, I was skeptical while preparing to watch this episode. And, for a reason.

    Except for a good theme song, which they took off from the original series, but the modern version sound good too.

    Otherwise, the actors suck; all the jokes were taken from the original series, and this was just too painful to watch.

    I don't recommend this series to anyone, you should better stick to the British version. This show isn't charming, isn't funny, isn't new and isn't at all interesting. Stick to the British version!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jeff: So, you dump her than see does this suggesting thing?
      Steve: Every time. I'll be about to leave, I'll be thinking, "I'm finally out." She'll lean over look me in the eye and say "I'm not wearing panties."
      Jeff: fiendish!
      Steve: And she's always worn panties before... always. I begged!
      Jeff: Skirt with no panties of pants with no panties?
      Steve: Skirt.
      Jeff: Well, there's no defense against that.

    • Steve: If I went around telling people I wasn't wearing underwear, would anyone care?
      Jeff: I might be a little uncomfortable.

    • Susan: Okay, which [breast]? Any preference?
      Jeff: Oh, either one.
      Steve: Yeah, doesn't matter.
      Patrick: Right one. Trust me.
      Susan: What's wrong with the left one?
      Patrick: Don't be that way. There has to be a second place.

    • Susan: You asked him out the moment I dumped him? Sally, you don't even like him.
      Sally: As every day goes by, my standards get lower.

    • Susan: You have a girlfriend.
      Steve: At the moment.
      Susan: At the moment?
      Steve: You're early.

    • Steve: How did you find me here?
      Jane: The usual.
      Steve: So you called my house. I wasn't home. Then you called all my friends. And then you called all the restaurants in the area until you found my reservation.
      Jane: Well, if I didn't do that, how would we ever see each other?

    • Jeff: Close? We're porn buddies.
      Susan: Porn buddies.
      Jeff: Yeah. You see, in the event of Steve's death, the first thing I'll do is go straight to his place and remove all the pornography before his parents can find it. And he's promised to do the same thing for me. That's how close we are.
      Susan: You guys have seriously made arrangements to destroy each other's dirty videos.
      Jeff: Who said "destroy?"

    • Jeff: All of a sudden, bam! We're kissing, grabbing at each other, tearing at each other's clothes. Rush into an empty office, lock the door...
      Steve: And...?
      Jeff: ...and I'm a gentleman, Steve, so I leave the rest to your imagination.
      Steve: Nothing, huh.
      Jeff: Wasn't my fault.

    • Susan: Isn't this the ladies room?
      Steve: Uh... is that what that symbol means? I thought it was just a man wearing a triangle.

    • Jane: But you've got to keep trying with relationships. You don't just abandon ship the minute things get rough. That's not what they did on the Titanic, is it, Steve? They kept at it right to the end...
      Steve: Jane, they drowned.
      Jane: They also had a very enjoyable cruise. It's so like you to focus on the iceberg.

    • Sally: To tell you the truth, I think you're kind of a jerk.
      Patrick: Then how come you're always checking out my ass when we're talking?
      Sally: I'm lip reading.

    • Sally: I'm not flirting with you.
      Patrick: Come on. You said I was wearing a nice shirt.
      Sally: That's not flirting.
      Patrick: There you go again.
      Sally: Not everything a woman says to you is necessarily flirting.
      Patrick: Sally, dear, it's not gonna happen.

  • NOTES (10)

    • Gina Bellman, who played Jane in the British version of the show, appeared in a cameo appearance in this episode.

    • This appeared in all TV listings and NBC's website as simply "Pilot," but the Library of Congress contains an actual title, "The Right One."

    • Pre-release cuts of this episode utilized Cake's 1996 version of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" for its theme song. In that version, the guys and the girls start their respective conversations not in the apartment or the bar's bathroom, but as they are walking down the street to the bar. Some of the street conversation scenes were used in the promos, but the first 58 seconds of the teaser were retaped for the final aired version. The scene where Sally and Susan discuss marriage and getting older was slightly rewritten, with a couple jokes replaced. Completely deleted were the "One swallow does not..." exchanges. According to Sutton, test audiences weren't familiar with the "...a summer make" expression, reducing the double entendre to a single one. More likely, though, NBC executives simply took offense to the "...make her my girlfriend" punchline.

    • Based on the UK pilot of the same name... just with all the references to "unflushables" cut out.

    • The second and final part of the premiere of NBC's 1MMs (One Minute Movies), "The Pussycat Dolls," aired during the first commercial break. This was Jeff Zucker's uningenious way of getting viewers to stick around for regular-length shows they might otherwise not have watched. Jeff Zucker also hates all the programming he greenlights and puts on the air, so he subsequently flushed the rest of the 1MM segments down the crapper.

    • Reaired on Bravo! on September 30, 2003.

    • Aired at 9:27 ET/PT, due to NBC's "SuperSized" Thursday.

    • In the opening, Sally and Susan are in an apartment when Sally says, "Maybe he's going to propose." In the NBC promos, Sally was shown saying this to Susan while they're walking down the street.

    • In the original version, Steve trips in front of Susan when coming out of the bathroom to get a condom from the machine, then tells Susan the money is to pay for the water, asking if the water is free in the ladies' room. In the US version, Steve gets out, calls Jeff on his cell phone and asks him to go get a condom. ("They don't have condom machines in nice bars in America," according to Phoef Sutton.) That's only one in a million differences between the US and UK versions.

    • Early episodes written by series creator Steven Moffat were revised by Sutton and his writing staff, who opted not to take an adaptation credit on them.