My Family

Season 3 Episode 8

Misery

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Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Oct 24, 2002 on BBC
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When Susan, much to Janey's disgust, plans to visit her daughter in University, Ben plans (and looks forward to) a golfing weekend. Instead the entire family end up at the university and Ben, Susan, Janey and the poor university student in the showers... get more than they bargained for, especially when Nick decides to become a female impersonator who seems to take his act a bit too seriously. Also, Nick finds out how much pain is involved in waxing his legs and Micheal wants to go on a trip to Greece and won't stop at anything to get his parents concent.moreless

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      • (After Ben trips over Abi and twists his ankle)
        Abi: Should I run you down to Casualty?
        Ben: No. Since you arrived, I've been there so often they've got me chipping in for staff birthdays.

      • Janey: We're studying to repay our student loans!
        Susan: Student loans? Good, you're planning to pay us back.
        Janey: It's just a figure of speech.

      • (At the campus canteen.)
        Susan: Are the potatoes locally grown?
        Server: Hope not, this is Manchester.

      • Ben: Is that my ice cream?
        Nick: No, hasn't got your name on it.
        Ben: Yes it does -- Ben.
        Nick: Then I'll just eat Jerry's half.

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      • Movies: "Dirty Harry" and "Carrie"

        Following Susan's food fight in the canteen and her line "I didn't start it, (in deep voice) but I finished it", which directly mimics a line used in the 1971 Don Siegal movie 'Dirty Harry', Janey's line "Ooh, my mum, Dirty Carrie" picks up on this reference and merges it with another reference inferring Susan's behaviour is similar to a food-fight scene in the 1976 Brian De Palma movie 'Carrie'.

      • Book/Movie: "Misery"

        The title and a section of the plot line is a reference to a Stephen King novel published in 1987 about a writer who is kept captive by a fan because he killed off her favourite character. In 1990 it was made into a movie which starred Kathy Bates. A section of the film is used in this episode.

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