The IT Crowd

Season 3 Episode 4

The Speech

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 12, 2008 on Channel 4
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Moss and Roy become enemies with Jen when she takes her role as boss seriously. Elsewhere, Douglas' new girlfriend has something about her that isn't noticable on just first impressions.

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  • Hilarious episode where Moss and Roy give Jen "The Internet" for her speech and Douglas gets together with a she-male.

    This was yet another brilliantly funny episode of the IT Crowd. The season has been excellent so far. The sabotaging of Jen's Employee of the Month speech by Roy and Moss was priceless, and the fact it backfired because all the shareholders were as ignorant of the internet as she is, was fantastic! The other storyline with Douglas and April, who used to be a man, was equally funny with one of the best fight scenes ever, towards the end. Only two episodes remain of the season, I am sad to say. I hope to goodness there will be a fourth.moreless
  • Moss and Roy's plan to humiliate Jen backfires.

    Very few sitcoms could pull off a bloody fight between a man and a woman and make it funny; luckily The IT Crowd is one of those rare shows. Matt Berry just continues to be absolutely incredible as Douglas. He's got the smugness of the old Reynholm boss played by Chris Morris down, mixed with the intense sex obsession of Neil Patrick Harris' Barney Stinson character from How I Met Your Mother. Him thinking April thought she was worried about being from Iran was definitely the laugh of the night.

    Moss and Roy were funny here too, but the jeopardizing of a speech storyline has been done to death on American TV and I guess it's an overused concept overseas as well. But I digress, yet another great episode of the best sitcom on the tele The IT Crowd.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • On the wall outside of Jen's door is a 'I Stole Your Accordion' bumper sticker. It's from the quirky web game Kingdom of Loathing.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Douglas: April, we need to talk.
      April: Oh darling, couldn't we do this at home? I was hoping we could get shit-faced and watch the telly.
      Douglas: There'll be no more getting shit-faced and watching the telly. There'll be no more Steven Seagall marathons. There'll be no more paintballing weekends.

    • Moss: No, no, Roy, I spoke to the Elders of the Internet not one hour ago. I told them about Jen winning Employee of the Month and they were so impressed, that they wanted to do whatever they could to help.
      Jen: Wait a minute. The Elders of the Internet? The Elders of the Internet know who I am? You've got to let me have it.

    • (Roy and Moss are pretending to Jen that a black box with a red light on top is the Internet)
      Roy: What is Jen doing with The Internet?
      Jen: Moss said I could use it for my speech.
      Roy: Are you insane? What if she drops it?
      Jen: I won't drop it. I'll look after it.
      Roy: No. No, no, no, Jen, no. This needs to go straight back to Big Ben.
      Jen: Big Ben?
      Moss: Yeah. It goes on top of Big Ben. That's where you get the best reception.

    • Douglas: Tell me. What are you doing tomorrow night, April?
      April: I was thinking of staying in and watching the darts.
      Douglas: You've read my mind.

    • Douglas: April, after dinner, would you do me the honour of accompanying me to my bed?
      April: Oh, um ...
      Douglas: No, I've said too much. I've let my heart overpower my head, which is my want. But I don't care. I find you enchanting. And there's a condom machine in the toilet, I've checked.

    • Roy: It's got to be something big.
      Moss: I think I may have it.
      Roy: What?
      Moss: You best put seatbelts on your ears, Roy. 'Cos I'm going to take them for the ride of their lives.

    • Moss: That's brilliant.
      Roy: So now you understand why we have to write that speech for Jen.
      Moss: She will say anything we tell her to.
      Roy: She will say anything we tell her to. We can put any old bollocks in that speech and she shall repeat it. It's going to be hilarious.
      Moss: Sometimes I could kiss your mind, Roy.

    • Douglas: April. May I take you to dinner?
      April: Oh, I don't think I could.
      Douglas: In Paris?
      April: Paris!
      Douglas: Paris, yes. It's the name of a new restaurant in Hull. That's right. We're going to Hull.

    • April: Can you be a bit more specific? It's just that I'm trying to build up a picture of your role in Reynholm Industries.
      Douglas: Well, I'm the boss. Head Honcho. El Numero Uno. Mr. Big. The Godfather. Lord of the Rings. The Bourne Identity. Er ... Taxi Driver. Jaws. I forgot the question quite a while back. Who are you, again?

    • Jen: I am the Employee of the Month.
      Roy: And yet, to the casual observer, it would appear that you do very little round here.
      Jen: Yeah. They must have seen through that.

    • Douglas: To think when we met you were so worried that you came from Iran.
      April: What?
      Douglas: When we met, as if I'd be worried about something like that. I don't care where you're from. Iran, France, it doesn't bother me. I'm very modern.
      April: I'm not from Iran.
      Douglas: Well you said something along those lines.
      April: No not Iran, a man, I said I used to be a man.
      Douglas: You used to be a man?
      April: Yes.
      Douglas: Oh God!

    • Roy: Whatever happened to Richmond?
      Moss: He got scurvy.

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