Season 2 Episode 4

The Melty Man Cometh (2)

Aired Unknown Sep 24, 2001 on BBC Three
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Episode Summary

Following their disastrous encounter, Patrick seeks reassurance from Steve & Jeff, who explain to him the theory of the Melty Man, and Sally seeks reassurance from Jane & Susan, who try to comfort her with their own "failure" experiences.

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  • Patrick's had a 'failure'. Is it because Sally is more important to him than even he realises?

    Patrick and Sally are really good mates. He even helps her out when she's on disastrous dates. The attraction is getting stronger. They both decide to go for it. Then Patrick has a 'failure'.

    Is it Sally's fault? Is it Patrick's fault? Or is it both? This is a fantastic episode. I love the whole Sally/Patrick saga. Touching on the delicate subject of impotence is done really well, too.

    "Is it me?"

    Will Sally and Patrick ever get it together?

    "Now you're blushing and have an erection- no one's got that much blood!"

    "I hope you get over your little problem."

    "That's okay. Can't fancy everyone." Don't miss it. It's a great ep.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Melty Man is possibly the only creation from Jeff's mind that Steve actually acknowledges as realistic.

    • In "Her Best Friend's Bottom" Steve rings Susan's house and Sally exits the bedroom after one ring. This time the phone rings several times before she comes out.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (to Patrick)
      Sally: I don't need you to think of me as 'a person' - I have women for that.

    • Susan: I told you he wasn't your type...
      Sally: I'm surprised he was ever yours! What did you see in him? He's so dull. I need personality, verve, humour. At least now I know why you called him "Donkey Brain"!
      Susan: Actually, I called him "Donkey".
      Sally: Yeah, but I got the point.
      Susan: No, you didn't…
      Sally: What? You mean… you mean…
      Susan: Some men are born lucky. Some men were born very lucky.
      Sally: What was Patrick born?
      Susan: A tripod.

    • (having just seen Patrick's rather large natural endowment in the lavatory)
      Mark: Does size really make a difference? You know what women always say...
      Patrick: Ouch?

    • Patrick: What would I be without my 'partner'?
      Sally: Literate?

    • Steve: (to Patrick, about what 'calls' to the Melty Man) ... Now you're blushing and have an erection- no one's got that much blood!

    • Patrick: (in his apartment) You can come inside if you like.
      Sally: Yes, but can you?

    • Mirror Jeff: (to Patrick) Don't say his name, or he'll come!
      Mirror Steve: And you won't.

    • Patrick: (looking down at his...robe) Come on, Rocket Man; let's fly her (snaps his fingers) to the moon.

    • Jeff: All of us in our time are visited by the Melty Man... Don't say his name, Patrick. Don't even think his name, or he will rise from the shadow dimensions to do his evil work inside your terrified pants.

    • Patrick: If I don't like a woman, if there's no chemistry, if I'm not attracted to her, then I don't lead her on, I just get out of there . . . every time, before she even wakes up.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Candy Man

      The scene with Patrick saying the name "Melty Man" only to be subsequently attacked by him is a reference to the horror movie Candy Man where a similar scene happens.

    • Patrick: Come on, Rocket Man. Let's fly her to the moon.
      Likely a quick reference to "Rocket Man" by Elton John and "Fly Me To The Moon" by Bart Howard.

    • Jeff mentions Professor Moriarty, who is the arch-enemy of famed British sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

    • Jeff: It's the engines, Cap'n, they cannae take it.
      Jeff is doing an impersonation of Chief Engineer Scotty from the original Star Trek television series. Scotty was always complaining about how his engines were being strained during all the difficult missions the crew went on.

    • Mirror Jeff: Oh, and don't think about The Crying Game.
      References the movie where Jaye Davidson, a man, played a man perceived as a woman for a great portion of the movie. The scene in which the character first disrobes was the "shocker" secret of the film.

    • Steve and Jeff refer to The Melty Man as if he is Darth Vader-ish. The fantasy sequence uses a costume, vocal style, and sound effects like Darth Vader of Star Wars.

      Jeff even "speaks" as The Melty Man in a paraphrasing of the line "Luke, I am your father" to Patrick.