Coupling

Season 1 Episode 3

Sex, Death & Nudity

3
Aired Unknown May 26, 2000 on BBC Three
9.1
out of 10
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118 votes
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Episode Summary

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Jeff explains to the guys about 'The Giggle Loop': the danger that the more you try to suppress laughter in important silences, the harder you want to laugh. Jane's aunt has died, and she wants Steve to come to the funeral, pretending to be her boyfriend still. Susan invites herself, and so Patrick must come as her 'boyfriend', and all six end up going.moreless

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  • The group goes to a funeral...

    8.6
    Jane's aunt has died and she expects Steve to come with her to the funeral. Of course, this would be precisely the wrong time to tell her family that they broke up, so he isn't allowed to. Nevertheless, Susan comes to keep an eye on Steve - bringing Patrick as her date. Patrick brings Sally and Jeff turns up as well as he actually knew the departed aunt in the first place and was invited as Susan's date by Steve. A gratuitous "Reservoir Dogs" parody ensues.

    Jane spends much of the wake trying to make Steve jealous - with varying degrees of success - while Sally is terrified of all the old people. Jeff, meanwhile, is trying to overcome his nerves for a big interview by picturing everyone naked - a skill he can't seem to stop using.moreless
  • Jeff Rules

    10
    With the whole explanation of the "giggle loop" and what if I accidentally say "nipple", the character of Jeff completely rules this entire episode. It also shows us a little insight into Steve's slight fetish with lesbians -- which gets a little out of hand at Jane's aunt's funeral. The poor man is completely helpless not only in Jane's hands but Susan's as well. We also begin to see Sally's obsession with aging or not aging and her confrontation with the old lady is a great scene.



    The best scene though is the homage to "Resevior Dogs" by the guys in all their funeral finery and sunglasses. This whole episode shows why this is one of the best comedies ever.moreless
  • \"What if I say an accidental word? Like \'Nipples\'? \"

    8.6
    \"What\'s wrong with Jeff?\"

    \"He\'s got female body parts multiplying in his head.\"

    \"Excellent.\"

    Jeff\'s got a job interview, and is a tad nervous. He tells the boys about the \'Giggle Loop\', where you may or may not accidentally laugh during a silence, such as a funeral. Chaos ensues when all six friends attend a funeral together. Who will fall into the \'Giggle Loop\' first?

    \"My Auntie\'s dead! Say something!\"

    ****

    Steve\'s ex, Jane, and Steve\'s current, Susan. Is it a good idea for them to end up on their own, together? What if they start...talking? Plus a small homage to Reservoir Dogs. Fantastic series.moreless
  • Janes aunt is dead, hilarity ensues!!!

    10
    This was one of the best epsidoes out of the entire series. It was just hilarious and the jokes were fantastic, event hough the episode was death related.



    Jane tells steve about her dead aunt. but steve cant go because her aunt missed the "relationship window". this is the time when they were going and if she died when the window was open he would have went. it was cracking up when i was watching this scene. so steve has to wait for sallys aunt to die. jane feels betraye dand storms out and the neighbor things steve is into necrophilia.

    susan thinks steve was acting stupid for saying he wouldnt go but she wants to go to make jane doesnt do anything. steve wanted to avoid that but they all go. susan wants patrick to go with her to teach steve a lesson.

    everyone eevntually gets stuck going but sally is hesitant because of the death and old people.

    jeff tells his friends about the google loop, which i have been a victim of. it actually does happen i just never named it, thanks jeff,lol.

    the reservoir dogs sequence was great. i couldnt stop laughing.

    so the funeral goes on and sally tries to avoid the old people and in turns gets stuck with an old person who says shes atleast 40. sally gets upset and makes fun of the old lady.

    jane falls victim to the google loop during the minute silence.moreless
  • Brlliant!

    10
    My all time favorite Coupling episode. Everything is perfect.



    The way Jane manipulate Steve to go the funeral and still pretend to be her boy-friend.



    The Reservoir-Dogs scene was just absolutely BRILLIANT! I never laughed so hard in my life. I had to watch it at least four times until I could continue.



    The way (and place!) Jane tells Steve about her afflication to other women and threesomes is just awesome :-D



    The whole gigleloop explaination is just classic Jeff. We love you for it man!



    And of course the old lady which tells Sally that the usage of beauty products might not be a good idea in the longrun.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the funeral home, Jane & Steve agree that they went out for 4.5 years, even though in "Flushed", the length of time quoted was 4 years.

    • When the gang is driving to the funeral, Steve's driver's seat is on the left side, while in most cars in Great Britain the driver's seat is located on the right side.

    • When Jane shows up at Steve's door, the way she's holding her tissue gives impression that she's giving the finger to Steve (possibly intentional).

    • JEFFISM: Giggle Loop- When something bad or depressing happens, and you want to laugh but stop yourself. Then you think about how awful and funny it would be if you actually did laugh, which makes the urge to laugh grow more. Which in turn, leads you to think about how big your laugh would be now if you laughed at this point- during a solemn/bad/depressing time/situation, which grows your urge to laugh almost exponentially - almost in a head-exploding manner. It can go longer, depending on the person tempted to laugh.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Agatha: 45.
      Sally: What?
      Agatha: I was 45 when I got married, when I looked just like you.
      Sally: What age are you now?
      Agatha: 92.
      Sally: Well, you must be getting pretty nervous then.
      Agatha: Nervous?
      Sally: Let's be honest. This is gotta be you last funeral standing up.

    • Jane: My auntie Margaret is dead!
      Steve: Right...
      Jane: Well say something!
      Steve: Shit!

    • Susan: Patrick, I need you.
      Patrick: Excellent, when and where.

    • Jeff: ( sadly, despairing, facing a wall) I can't turn off the naked people!
      Patrick: Great!

    • Jane (yelling at Steve from the sidewalk): What the hell do you take me for, Steve? I'm not trying to lure you back into bed with my dead aunt!

      The next night...

      Susan (yelling from the sidewalk, to Steve): Oh, for Christ's sake! Anyone can have a dead aunt!

    • Jane: So you're not coming with me to my aunt's funeral?
      Steve (apologetic): I wouldn't enjoy it.

    • Steve: It's only an interview.
      Jeff: Only an interview? Only an interview? What if I panic? You know, what if I say an accidental word?
      Steve: An accidental word?
      Jeff: There's pressure, you know, the wrong word could just pop out of my mouth by accident...
      Steve: Like what?
      Jeff: Nipples!

    • Sally: Death is the best argument for moisturizer.
      Patrick: You can't prevent death with face cream.
      Sally: Yeah? That's what everyone thinks, but no one's ever used it in the quantities I do.
      Patrick: Look, it's just one afternoon in one crematorium.
      Sally: She's being cremated? That is so unhygienic. I refuse to sit there and breathe a dead person.
      Patrick: It's just a funeral. Everybody's been to funerals. Even you've been to a funeral.
      Sally: Yes, but I didn't inhale!
      Patrick: There's gonna be a lot of old people there. (pause) You'd be the most moist...

    • Susan: Does your dick do all the thinking, Patrick?
      Patrick: Uh...I don't know. I'll ask it.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Sally: But, I didn't inhale.

      Sally's line about attending a funeral is quoted from Bill Clinton about his marijuana use from his '92 campaign.

    • Sally: It would be like James Bond going into SPECTRE control center.

      Reference to the famous British spy James Bond, based on the novels of Ian Fleming, which inspired several movies. SPECTRE is from the Bond movies (originally called SMERSH in the books), and is an evil organization that is a constant enemy to Bond.

    • Susan: Stop playing Reservoir Dogs.

      Reservoir Dogs is the 1992 debut feature film of director Quentin Tarantino. It portrays what happens before and after a botched jewel heist, but not the heist itself and stars an ensemble cast with Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and Lawrence Tierney.

      The specific reference, though, is to an title scene of the movie, in which the gang is walking cooly down the street, all nattily dressed in black suits and ties, to the song "Little Green Bag", which is also playing when Steve, Patrick, and Jeff are walking in an obvious homage to it.

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