Season 2 Episode 9

The End of the Line

Aired Unknown Oct 29, 2001 on BBC Three
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Episode Summary

Steve and Susan's relationship is drifting into a new phase. They are beginning to get on each other's nerves. A bizarre set of misunderstandings brings on a crisis.

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  • If you want to "introduce" someone to this series, this is the episode to do it.

    This episode showcases how bloody brilliant Steven Moffat and his crew are. With the execution of a twisted timeline only seen in full length features, these guys do it in a 30 minute sitcom. So many laugh-out-loud moments. Intricate plotting and subtexts. Just make sure you start all coupling episodes from the beginning... or else you might just miss the punchlines.
  • A cellphone mix up starts a chain of hilarious events for Susan and Steve.

    This episode was so funny that I am reminded of it all the time. I remember the episode, then I think about a certain part of the episode and start to laugh. My friends think I am crazy when I do this. I just all of a sudden have this overwhelming need to see the episode over and over again. When I am introducing a friend to the show I start with this episode. The writing, the acting, and the editing make this episode so special. I think that I have watched this episode close to 30 times and the first time I saw it was only a couple of months ago. This episode just hit the right cord with me and I think it will for eveyone else too.moreless
Mark Frost

Mark Frost


Guest Star

Jules Leyser

Jules Leyser


Guest Star

Hazel McBride

Hazel McBride


Guest Star

Lou Gish

Lou Gish

Julia Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As Jeff and Patrick play Playstation, it can be seen that there are no cords extending from the back of the Playstation. No power cord or cord to connect it to the TV.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Patrick: What's wrong?
      Steve: Susan slept with Australia!

    • (Susan, who's pretending to be Giselle "The French bitch", is calling Steve, who is pretending to be Bruce "The Australian Guy")
      Susan: Where am I phoning?
      Steve: Bruce's bar and grill, I told you.
      Susan: Where is that?
      Steve: Where?
      Susan: In Australia?
      Steve: No, no, London. Standler Street.
      Susan: Ah, I know Standler Street. Where?
      Steve: Near Susan's.
      Susan: Susan's?
      Steve: Yeah, you know, Susan's. The bar.
      Susan: The bar?!
      Steve: Yeah, you might not have heard of it. It's for Australians!
      Susan: There's a bar… for Australians… called Susan's…. in London?
      Steve: Oh yeah, you always find a whole bunch of Australians at Susan's.
      Susan: This must seem like a stupid question but… does this bar have anything to do with Susan Walker?
      Steve: You know Susan Walker…?!

    • (After Sally saying Susan practically slept with everybody in Australia)
      Susan: She's exaggerating!
      Sally: We always knew it was time to skip town when a new bar was named after her.

    • Sally: Why were you talking French anyway?
      Susan: Oh, new client, Giselle. "The French bitch"!
      Sally: There's someone you don't like? Oh I love it when that happens! Makes you seem like a person...

    • Steve: Susan!
      Susan: What?
      Steve: Where are you going?
      Susan: It's up to you.

    • Jeff: How badly can you phrase 'yes'?
      Steve: (flashback to earlier, to The Girl In The Bar) No.

    • Jeff: How many French bitches could there be?
      Patrick: Seven.
      Jeff: What?
      Patrick: In my experience.

    • Jane: I've always wanted to be French, but I've never had the opportunities.

    • Susan: Well, you know what it's like at the start, when they're all fiery-eyed, and eager, and they haven't seen you naked yet. And it's like he's smashing at your door with his mighty battering ram. And he's promising to ravish you forever. So you brace yourself for man overload, and throw open the doors, and what do you find standing there? An oversized toddler who wants his dinner. And before you can say 'there's been a terrible mistake', he's snoring on your sofa, the fridge is full of empty bottles and the whole place smells of feet.

    • Steve: There are three things all men should know, and it's time you did too. You're never going to be famous, you're fatter than you think, and most important of all, they don't keep wearing stockings.

    • Jeff: Having a girlfriend is like legalised sex.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Patrick: No, I'm Dick Darlington.

      The way in which the confusion arises between who is Giselle and who is Dick Darlington is very reminiscent of the Spartacus scene where everybody claims they are Spartacus to protect Spartacus himself.