The IT Crowd

Season 1 Episode 6

Aunt Irma Visits

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 03, 2006 on Channel 4
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Episode Summary

Jen explains to Roy and Moss that her 'Aunt Irma' is visiting. When they don't understand, she explains that she has very powerful mood swings around a certain time every month, which leads to Roy and Moss displaying the same symptoms.

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  • Aunt Irma Visits

    I love The IT Crowd. I hold it on a pedestal of elite comedies right now, up there with Curb Your Enthusiasm and 30 Rock, but this was just a mediocre offering. I have been trying to get more American fans into this brilliant British comedy, and if you are doing the same I suggest you do not show them this episode. There were some funny moments, but the last 10 minutes or so were just awful. Girls night out? The dancing scenes? The insane one night stand? Come on man. Douglas was the only funny thing about those club scenes.moreless
  • Brilliantly funny episode.

    This was a great episode where Moss, Roy and Jen were all very funny indeed. This was as good as my previous favourite of the season - Calamity Jen. I loved the office scenes where Roy and Moss are discussing their 'Aunt Irma' symptoms and the Girlie night out with the two of them and Jen was absolutely hilarious. Priceless! There were so many laugh out loud moments it was simply wonderful. All three characters were developed really well in this episode setting us up nicely for a whole lot more in season 2 which I am really looking forward to.moreless
  • OMG!

    I would equate this to the "Master of the Domain" episode of Seinfeld, but I would doing it a disservice. This show is so much better than Seinfeld. It is written better, the acting is better and it is funnier. Very rarely do I laugh so hard that I have to pause the episode so I can recover. The episode is a pivotal episode for the character of Jen. To this point she hasn't really had many of the jokes and bumps. This changes it and really allows the character to stand toe to toe with Roy and Moss. A must watch for the series.moreless
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears; all the pathos of the typical I.T. deparment. Slight askew, admittedly, but that's the fun of this series.

    Considering Redmond may have ended up being the only one who got what he wanted in the end, (ouch!, sorry), I'm looking forward to Season 2 and how this adds even more stress to the internal politics. As stated in Episode One, this is what Denholm WANTS in his workforce, so not too much of a surprize, except for maybe the bit after the credits...

    One thing that there MUST be for Season Two is growth in Jen's technical skills. I've had lots of managers over the years, some as vacant as Jen, but only the good ones raised their technical skills to an acceptable relatively fast.

    Another question: we didn't see Redmond at the party, how did end up with his partner? And one thing I hope for is that we'll see what's behind the Green Door (a female Redmond, or anti-Redmond, perhaps?) this season. Another thing would be a visit by David Tennant and his TARDIS, but that's asking too much, ain't it? Although Jphn Barrowman & Eve Myles would be more than an adequate guests...moreless
Frances Barber

Frances Barber

Dr. Mendall

Guest Star

Peter Serafinowicz

Peter Serafinowicz

Voice of Newsreader

Guest Star

Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding


Recurring Role

Chris Morris

Chris Morris


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Roy: (referring to Steel Magnolias) You really liked that film?
      Moss: Yes. Didn't you?
      Roy: No! It was heart-warming.
      Moss: Well, I feel like a princess, Roy. And don't tell me you don't feel the same.

    • Roy: You signed it from both of us.
      Moss: Yes. Along with a list of symptoms.
      Roy: Headachey, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, breast tenderness.
      Moss: I get that. Don't you?
      Roy: Yes. But you cannot tell the entire IT community that we have PMT.
      Moss: Come on, no one would use that sort of information against us. Oh, wait a second. They would, wouldn't they? Oh no!

    • Moss: I've been having dark thoughts.
      Dr Mendell: Dark thoughts?
      Moss: Yes, thoughts about dark things.
      Dr Mendell: What sort of dark things?
      Moss: Things that are dark.
      Dr Mendell: Like what?
      Moss: Darkness. Night. Things of the night. Dracula.

    • Moss: The psychiatrist is a very attractive lady.
      Roy: Ah, I see. She's of the female ...
      Moss: ...genre. Yes.

    • Moss: I'm glad the toilet guys got the nod though. Cor, they do good work. Have you seen the toilets on 12th? It's like going on holiday. I try not to go at home, now. I save it up.

    • Roy: (answering the phone) Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Have you tried sticking it up your arse?

    • Roy: I can't believe there's a psychiatrist in the building. All because those two from accounts just had enough of everything and wanted to go to the seaside.
      Moss: The seaside? They committed suicide, Roy.

    • Newsreader: The rioting has been going on all night. The men involved are young, gangly and almost all of them work with computers. In Tokyo two games designers went on the rampage in a shopping centre and frightened a dog. In Hamburg a group of software developers shouted at a bus. The situation is completely out of control!

    • Jen: OK Moss what did you have for breakfast this morning?
      Moss: Smartie cereals.
      Jen: Oh my god, I didn't even know Smarties made a cereal.
      Moss: They don't it's just Smarties in a bowl with milk.

    • Denholm: (shouting) Roy! I'm sorry Roy, I may be speaking louder at the moment because I'm wearing ear-plugs!
      Roy: Why are you wearing ear plugs?
      Denholm: That's right!

    • Moss: (discussing his psychiatrist) She's a glamorous older woman.
      Roy: Oh, the things you could learn from her.
      Moss: Or indeed from any woman.

    • Moss: (struggling to open a bottle of water) Why are these things always so hard to open?! (frustrated, he throws his monitor across the room)

    • Denholm: And finally, last but not least, champagne? (pours champagne) These three people proved, time and again, that they have, the right stuff. The toilet cleaners! They said we couldn't do it. They said outsourcing our toilet-cleaning would be inefficient. Derk, Banhead and Doodles proved them wrong. (cheer)
      Doodles: Toilets!
      Denholm: That's right Doodles!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Dirty Dancing

      A romantic film made in the 1980s focusing on the rite of passage of a young woman as she passes into womanhood.

    • Smarties: In the UK, these are sugar-coated chocolates, similar in appearance to Reese's Pieces but with many more colours. They are made by Nestlé.

    • The Hitchhiker's' Guide To The Galaxy

      The "42" on Roy's t-shirt is a reference to Douglas Adams' book, The Hitchhiker's' Guide To The Galaxy. In the book a computer named Deep Thought is built to answer the Ultimate Question Of Life, which is "What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?" The answer is 42.

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