Coupling

Season 1 Episode 1

Flushed

3
Aired Unknown May 12, 2000 on BBC Three
8.7
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Steve tries to break up with Jane, who refuses until he asks out Susan. Susan has just broken up with Patrick, who immediately hooks up with her best friend Sally. Jeff is worried how his relationships with Steve and Susan will be affected if they get together, especially if a lie he has told about his past with Susan comes out.moreless

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  • A great start for a great show!

    9.1
    Steve attempts to break up with Jane, who refuses to accept it. Susan and Patrick are also breaking up, although Susan was never certain that they were "together" in the first place. Jane (who Jeff describes as "unflushable") and Steve have a sexual encounter in the ladies' room of the pub, which also happens to be where Susan goes after breaking up with Patrick. Susan and Steve meet, although they had previously as Jeff works with Susan, and Steve asks her out (while in the middle of sex with Jane).

    In classic farce style, Steve intends to break up with Jane once and for all just before dinner with Susan. Jeff is on hand for reasons nobody is quite sure of and Susan arrives early, as her beautician friend Sally canceled her facial appointment in order to have dinner with Patrick... at the same restaurant. The episode ends with Susan showing everyone else a breast - the right one, at Patrick's insistence - and all six having dinner together. As Susan sums it up: "Your ex, my ex. Your best friend, my best friend. Every new relationship has baggage, so why not invite it all out for dinner?"moreless
  • The first episode of an amazing series.

    9.0
    Welcome to the thirty-something world of Coupling! In 'Flushed' we meet Steve, a writer, Jeff, a Welsh accountant, Susan, in Economics, Sally, a beautician, Patrick, in Business, and Jane, in Entertainment. Six wise and worldly people with lots of experiences to share. Did you know Sally had to "Put a daily limit on facial expressions"? and that Steve learned you can "Wash your hands for free in the Ladie's"?

    When is an unflushable....unflushable? Steve's with Jane. He can't stand her. He wants to dump her. She won't let him. Steve meets Susan. He asks her out. He still tries to dump Jane. She still won't let him. THe episode concludes with the showing of a body part. Excellent stuff. Keep watching!moreless
  • A really great beginning

    9.0
    THe very first episode of this great show, is one of the best pilots for any show I have seen. THe opening scene was really weird because my british is somewhat off so I didnt quit grasp what they were saying. In the end I think the conversation did revolve aroud sex but I wasnt sure. We first see steve and jeff talking about Jane, and sally with susan talking about patrick. I saw this episode after I had seen others and i thought susan was talking about steve. I was confused.



    the dilemma with steve is that jane is totally crazy and he cant get rid of her. this is because jane offers sex everytime he announces the breakup. jeff calls her an unflushable. i really loved this term and i wish i had more of an oppurtunity to use it but sadly no one i know experiences this problem. steve goes to the bar to try again. susan wants to dump patrick because she feels their relationship is empty and only about sex.



    so steve attempts to dump jane but she wont accept it. i was cracking when she refused to accept the breakup. i have never heard about this on any other show and it was just crazy but funny. eventually they end up in the bathroom to have a quickie. meanwhile susan is breaking up patrick. he thought they had something and she knew it was just sex. normally this situation would be from the womens perspective but i enjoyed the reverse of roles. seeing the man as the sexual beast got tiring and seeing the woman only wanting sex made this show much more interesting. he is hurt and susan encounters steve in the bathroom.



    the spark is practically instant. i saw it and it was very obvious. they had something, but steve still has jane in the stall. he makes plans with susan and also finishes with jane.



    later on at a restaurant hilarity ensues. steve is suppose to meet susan but jeff tags along. we found out earlier they previously had a thing but it didnt go anywhere. jane pops by using some psychotic way of finding steve. she tracked him and at this point I was totally in love with jane and her crazy habits. he tries to get rid of her but susan comes early. uh oh, steve tries to explain his crazy ex to susan but sally and patrick come by. so here we are all six of them, altogether meeting everyone for the first time( well some of them). susan wants everyone to leve and this leads to the best scene in the pilot. jane says she will a breast so that people can leave. of course she was joking but everyone else thinks she is serious. ok she should have never made that offer, she knew jeff and what he is all about. she is hesitant at first but eventually everyone tempts her to show her breast. everyone is awestruck. absolutely great scene. and the ending was great with the line that susan says" every relationship has its baggage why not eat with it." or soemthing tot hat effect. it was a great line and wow did that one word baggage mean a lot for this series.moreless
  • A delightful introduction!

    8.5
    A witty, funny, quick-paced comedy that examines the loves and lives of a couple, their best friends, and their exes.



    Susan and Steve- the relatively normal couple at the center of their friends' wacky escapades, though the happy couple have their own bumps to navigate- including their first date!



    Sally and Jeff- the best friends of Susan and Steve, respectively. Sally, a beautician, worry about her neck and skin elasticity, while Jeff freezes up an importune moments during dates. Jeff has his own phrases for certain phenomenon, which becomes a funny highlight of most episodes. Sally's political with strict ideas of what she'll allow herself.



    Jane and Patrick- the exes of Steve and Susan, respectively. Two of the most self-involved people seen outside of Seinfeld. Patrick has attributes that help only so far, but he's often as thick as a pit of quicksand. Jane just lives in a reality just next door and slightly overlapping ours. She can also be quite meanly catty and cutting, but how sane she exactly is is never pinpointed.



    This is the original mixing of the ingredients and a funny, mature sex and manners comedy emerged.



    Highly and enthusiastically recommended!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The opening song is "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps", sung by Mari Wilson.

    • JEFFISM: Unflushables: The type of women you can't get rid of because they keep "bobbing around".

    • When Susan shows her breast to her friends, you can see in one shot through her shirt that she is wearing a bra.

    • The main characters are called Steve and Susan, after the writer Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue (who are married in real life).

    • JEFFISM: Porn Buddies: In the event of one buddy's death, the surviving buddy goes immediately to the dead bud's house and removes all porn before the deceased's parents find it.

    • Steve comes out of the cubicle to buy a condom, but since he meets Susan there he doesn't get it. After his return he and Jane immediately "get going" without -as we have to believe- the condom.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Susan: Let's just take it one breast at a time.

    • Jeff: Your best friend is dead, but there's a bright side.

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

    • (Susan shows her breasts to her friends)
      Jeff: No, no! That's the left, we want the good one.

    • (Susan is being forced to show the gang a breast)
      Susan: Which one, any preference?
      Jeff: Either.
      Steve: Don't mind...
      Patrick: The right one... trust me.
      Susan: What's wrong with the left one?
      Patrick: Oh don't be like that. There has to be a second place.
      Susan: I wasn't aware you assessed them individually.
      Patrick: You were asleep, I was bored!

    • Susan: We were only seeing each other once a week. That's not exactly a sex life. You must have been doing a lot of... um... solo flights?
      Patrick: No, I wasn't.
      Susan: Oh, come on?
      Patrick: I certainly was not. I was saving it all up for you.
      Susan (laughs): No, really? Oops! Look, I'm not saying it wasn't good. I'm just saying it didn't seem like a week's worth.

    • Steve: It's not as bad as it sounds. I was in the toilet cubical with Jane. When I nipped out to get a condom, I asked out Susan.
      Jeff: The zone has a new king. (bows down to Steve) But you will rule alone.

    • Jeff: I was only faking so I wouldn't have to have sex with you. That wasn't a great defence was it? Look, sex can be very stressful for men - you judge us on technique, sensitivity, stamina - we're just happy if you're naked, half-naked, one breast...

    • Susan: OK, so let me guess, you asked him out the moment I dumped him. Sally, you don't even like him!
      Sally: I panicked! My neck looked old this morning.

    • Jeff: Do you know the biggest turn off on a first date?
      Steve: You?

    • Jeff: In the event of Steve's death the first thing I will do, upset though I will be, is go straight to his house and remove all the pornography before his parents can find it.

    • Patrick: We need to talk.
      Susan: Sure.
      Patrick: About our relationship. I'm just starting to think it's all getting a bit hot and heavy and we both need to back off and cool down. You know, maybe we should both think about where everything is going and whether we're starting to commit more than we intend to or want to.
      Susan: What relationship?

    • Jeff: Steve, do you know what I call this kind of woman? You know, the type you can't get rid of?
      Steve: Is this going to be really tasteless? Am I going to be ashamed to be your friend?
      Jeff (he laughs): It's a technical term. It's just a harmless expression.
      Steve: Alright, hit me.
      Jeff: Bah, unflushable!
      Steve: Turn around, Jeff. Walk away.
      Jeff: Cause they keep bobbing around.
      Steve: No, no. Go Jeff. Go. Go! Don't look back. Go.

    • Jeff: So you dump her and she does this suggesting thing?
      Steve: Yeah, I'll be just about to leave, I'll be thinking I'm finally out and she just leans over, looks me in the eyes and goes "I'm wearing stockings".
      Jeff: No!
      Steve: And she's never worn them before, not once in the entire relationship. I begged.
      Jeff: Yeah, but Steve, you're entitled to her stockings.
      Steve: Am I?
      Jeff: Yes. You're still in the zone.
      Steve: The what?
      Jeff: The boyfriend zone, this is the tailing off period. You still have a load of stuff at her flat, you might still have a wedding to go to together. Your under joint headings in your friends address books.
      Steve: And that means I'm entitled to see her underwear?
      Jeff: If it comes up. That's the rules of the zone. Good luck in there Steve!
      Steve: You're a strange and disturbing man, Jeff.

    • Sally: Since thirty I've had to put a daily limit on facial expressions. I only ever smile at single men so I can justify the loss of elasticity.

    • Steve: So last time I dumped her, we had amazing, fantastic, borderline illegal sex. Now she thinks we're back on.
      Jeff: Well that's ridiculous!
      Steve: I know, one swallow does not make her my girlfriend.

    • Jeff: Do you think she knows you're gonna dump her?
      Steve: She ought to know by now. I've dumped her the last four times I've seen her.
      Jeff: So what goes wrong?
      Steve: We have sex.
      Jeff: You have sex?
      Steve: She makes me.
      Jeff: How?
      Steve: She suggests it.
      Jeff: She suggests it.
      Steve: Exactly
      Jeff: (pauses) Evil!

    • Susan: I want you to remember, I intend this breast satirically.
      Patrick: Now there's a sentence that can't come up too often.

    • Susan: Sally, does it ever occur to you that age brings wisdom and greater confidence?
      Sally: Susan, age brings you more to shave.

    • Sally: Mary Kelly thinks you're a complete idiot.
      Patrick: Then why does she keep looking at my ass when we're talking?
      Sally: She's lip-reading.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Interestingly enough, one of the main plot points here, wherein Steve is trying to dump Jane but she refuses to accept, is mirrored in the American show "Sports Night" towards the end of its first season, as Jeremy attempts to dump Natalie, but she refuses to be dumped. In Sports Night, though, Natalie is the one who is right, and Jeremy is being silly. If there was any copying, it likely had to be Coupling, as the SN episodes were aired a good year before Coupling appeared.

    • This episode was remade in the American "Coupling", but with all "unflushable" references cut out, so that episode title is simply "Pilot".

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Steve: Remember Crippen?
      Jane: Here we go, bring up Crippen again. You seem to forget the Crippens enjoyed many happy years of marriage before he murdered her.

      Steve is referring to Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen who in 1910 murdered his wife to be with his lover Ethel le Neve. He was tried, sentenced and executed for the murder later that year.

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