Coupling

Season 4 Episode 2

Night Lines

2
Aired Unknown May 17, 2004 on BBC Three
8.8
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A phone call between Susan and Sally grows and grows as Steve, Patrick, Oliver and Jane gradually find their way onto the line. Will the phone call ever end?

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  • Great episode; hilarious!

    10
    I originally started watching Coupling because of Jack Davenport, who I am a fan of.

    I LOVED this episode. It was hilarious. It almost made me cry from laughing so hard. I love Steve and Oliver, infact I love them all.

    I'll admit that I haven't watched that many Coupling episodes, but I've watched enough, and so far this will be one of my top favorites. The idea of a whole episode being dedicated to phone call between an insane amount of people, some of which are just a room apart, may seem boring and stupid, but it's a great episode, funny, very funny. Two big thumbs up! (Had to slip in the pro reviewer lingo =D)moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Steve (to Susan): Sorry I'm so rubbish.

    • Tamsin: So, are you seeing anyone?
      Oliver: Well, No. I guess it's a bit soon for all that isn't it? Isn't it?
      Tamsin: It's been a year...
      Oliver: Well, no we only...
      Tamsin: Since we've had sex...
      Oliver: Well actually it's been...
      Tamsin: Both of us succesfully.
      Oliver: Okay.
      (Oliver stares at Tamsin's chest.)
      Tamsin: What is the fasination with bosom staring?
      Oliver: I don't know really. Maybe it's because the bosom is the only erogenous zone that can stare back.
      Tamsin: Goodbye Oliver.
      Oliver: Tamsin, now that we're officially 'Splitto', do you think we could risk having a friendly drink?
      Tamsin: No!
      Oliver: Cool.
      Tamsin: Bye!
      Oliver: see ya
      (She leaves. Door closes. Box screams 'Exterminate' and Oliver hits it. Oliver picks up bag as he looks at door.)
      Oliver: Definitely thawing... Splitto?

    • Tamsin: Oliver! It's nearly Midnight for goodness sake!
      Oliver: Oh, Tamsin, Hello. Just got a few deliveries... Craziness!
      Tamsin: More toys for your little shop?
      Oliver: Well Tv and movie tie in merchandise if that's what you mean.
      (He places his hand in a box)
      Box: Exterminate! Exterm...
      (Oliver slams the box again)
      Tamsin: Anyway, I was just passing. Saw you with your face in your drool, lots of little robots, and I thought That'l be my ex-boyfriend... Takes your eyes of my boosem.
      Oliver: Sorry yeah. (He stares again.) Have they got bigger?
      Tamsin: No just more unavailable.
      Oliver: Okay.

    • In bed:
      Sally: (waking him up): Patrick? Patrick?
      Patrick: I can't stay the night; I've got a breakfast meeting.
      Sally: It's okay, it's okay! You're home.
      Patrick: Sorry, autopilot
      Sally: I've heard about your autopilot. Susan has told me stories.
      Patrick: Like?
      Sally: Like once you accidentally phoned a girl a taxi before you had sex.
      Patrick: Oh, that. It wasn't exactly an accident.
      Sally: No?
      Patrick: There's a difference between an accident and a quickie.
      Sally: Oh god.
      Patrick: What?
      Sally: What sort of woman would ever have sex with you?!

    • Sally: I can't believe I'm with a man with a pregnancy fetish!
      Patrick: I can't believe I'm with a woman who suddenly wants a baby!
      Sally: How is it ever gonna work?

    • Steve: (about Susan and her pregnancy) I've made my bed now I've got to lie to it. In it, obviously.

    • Steve: Jane, Could you stop doing this? Could you stop just wandering in thru my front door? Because this is not, repeat not, an American sitcom.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The fact that Jane seems to be able to freely enter wherever she wishes, whenever she wishes is referenced by Steve's line about their life not being "an American sitcom." It is true that many American sitcoms have an overabundance of unlocked doors, where anyone can waltz in and start speaking to the characters at work, but mostly at home.

      It could also be an in-joke to the fact that Coupling inspired a short lived American sitcom of the same name.

      Jane also keeps the keys to all of her ex's flats, hinting that she and Patrick may have had more than just a one-night stand.

    • The Dalek prop is a reference to Dr. Who, the classic British science fiction series and perfect for Oliver's comic book/ collectibles store.

    • Patrick's dream/fantasy is a direct 'steal' of the television show The Prisoner.

    • The title makes reference to the characters being on the phone at night, but also to the lines of communication that are opened- for good and ill- during those night-time calls.

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