Absolutely Fabulous Episode Guide by ClintJCL@gmail.com Season 1 1. (S1E1) "Fashion" - 12 Nov 92 2. (S1E2) "Fat" - 19 Nov 92 3. (S1E3) "France" - 26 Nov 92 4. (S1E4) "Iso Tank" - 03 Dec 92 5. (S1E5) "Magazine" - 10 Dec 92 6. (S1E6) "Birthday" - 17 Dec 92 Season 2 7. (S2E1) "Hospital" - 27 Jan 94 8. (S2E2) "Death" - 03 Feb 94 9. (S2E3) "Morocco" - 10 Feb 94 10. (S2E4) "New Best Friend" - 24 Feb 94 11. (S2E5) "Poor" - 03 Mar 94 12. (S2E6) "Birth" - 10 Mar 94 Season 3 13. (S3E1) "Door Handle" - 30 Mar 95 14. (S3E2) "Happy New Year" - 06 Apr 95 15. (S3E3) "Sex" - 20 Apr 95 16. (S3E4) "Jealous" - 27 Apr 95? 17. (S3E5) "Fear" - 04 May 95? 18. (S3E6) The End / SERIES FINALE - 11 May 95? Additional: 19. The Last Shout -- a movie-length additional episode * PLOT SYNOPSIS: 1. (S1E1) "Fashion" - 12 Nov 92 Edina hits a bottleneck in her attempt to give up drinking: she doesn't want to quit. 2. (S1E2) "Fat" - 19 Nov 92 Edina becomes obsessed with her weight and makes up her mind to do something about it. The question is what? Surgery, liposuction or perhaps even diet and exercise. 3. (S1E3) "France" - 26 Nov 92 Edina and Patsy set off on holiday to Provence in France. Things go from bad to worse when their luxury chateau turns out to be a second class chalet with only ping pong for amusement. Luckily Saffron rescues them with supplies of cigarettes, wine and food. 4. (S1E4) "Iso Tank" - 03 Dec 92 Edina's new isolation tank seems to be the perfect thing for life's problems, except for one thing: she hates being alone. 5. (S1E5) "Magazine" - 10 Dec 92 Patsy is jealous of Edina's new boyfriend and tries to split them up. Patsy does a deal with Saffron who helps her do a make-over for the magazine which involves Saffron, Mother and Patsy appearing on TVAM. 6. (S1E6) "Birthday" - 17 Dec 92 Edina is turning 40 and she is depressed. Saffron organizes a surprise party with just the family. Eddy spits the dummy and plans to spend the entire day in bed. 7. (S2E1) Hospital Patsy is the centre of tabloid attention after a drunken night with an MP. Edina has an ingrown toe nail and has to go to the hospital for a minor operation; Patsy decides to go along for a face-lift after seeing her pictures in the papers and her age in print. 8. (S2E2) Death Edina's father has died. Saffy tries, amid the usual chaos and disinterest, to organize the funeral. Edina begins to think about her own mortality. 9. (S2E3) Morocco Patsy has a photo shoot Marrakech. Edina sees it as the perfect opportunity to get her Pop Specs into a glossy mag. Saffy wants to go to study the indigenous population, and is given first hand experience when Patsy sells her to the white slavers. 10. (S2E4) New best Friend An old school friend of Edina's comes to stay and Patsy is neglected. Things, of course do not go to plan, and Pats and Edds find themselves friendless in London, but not for long. 11. (S2E5) Poor Harrods have stopped delivering, and Edina must cut back her expenditure. While Saffron has the accountant telling Edina she is poor, Eddina is discovering the wonders of the supermarket. 12. (S2E6) Birth When Pasty burns down Edina's kitchen they are all forced to move into the living room. When confind in a small space, with nothing to do, Edina and Patsy become strangely introspective... 13. (S3E1) Door Handle Things are going downhill, while Edina is trying to organise her life (and find that doorhandle) Saffron is left to clean up the mess, and celibrate her birthday without her mother. 14. (S3E2) Happy New Year Despite the arrival pf Patsy' long lost sister (or perhaps beacuse of it) Edina and Patsy spend New Years Eve in front of the Teli. 15. (S3E3) Sex Pasty and Eds are busy planning an orgy, Saffron is planning a lecture on genetics and mother is just a little confused. 16. (S3E4) Jealous It's awards time of the month in PR land. Edina seems set to sweep the board, especially as she's paid for the awards -- but arch-rival Claudia Bing has other ideas. Meanwhile, Saffy received extra special tuition from her psychology lecturerer. 17. (S3E5) Fear Patsy moves in to live with Edina when Saffy moves out. However it proves to be a turbulent arrangement, especially when they can't find the tin opener. Further trouble errupts when Lulu arrives at Edina's office to terminate her contract and sign with a high-powered American agency. Patsy loses her job when her magazine folds, leaving the high-living pair contemplating old age and a crossroads in their lives. 18. (S3E6) The End Patsy and Edina go there seperate ways, but can they live without each other? 19. The Last Shout movie-length episode--really not that great, IMNSHO. Saffron gets married, or soemthing. * Contributors: Dave Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org) ME (ClintJCL@gmail.com) * Starring: Jennifer Saunders as Edina Monsoon Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone Julia Sawalha as Saffron Monsoon June Whitfield as June Monsoon (mother) * Recurring Guests: Jane Horrocks as Bubble The show was written by Jennifer Saunders, produced by Jon Plowman and directed by Bob Spiers, for BBC-TV. The airdates in this guide are the dates the episodes were first aired in the UK. Season 1 was originally shown on BBC2 and then repeated on BBC1 between 16th Sep 93 and 28th Oct 93 (not 7th Oct). Seasons 2 and 3 were shown on BBC1. The character of Bubble only appears in 11 of the 15 episodes listed in this guide -- hence the "recurring guest" listing. The main four characters appeared in all the episodes. Edina and Saffron live at the fictional address 34 Claremont Avenue, London, W11 4BS. The series currently airs on the cable channel Comedy Central in the US. On 9th January 1995, the New York Times reported that Roseanne has acquired the rights to make a US version of the series. The theme tune is entitled "This Wheel's on Fire", and is sung by Julie Driscoll & Adrian Edmondson. The lyrics are: Wheels on fire, Rolling down the road. Best notify my next of kin, This wheel shall explode. "This Wheel's on Fire" is written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko (from The Band), and is available on Dylan's "The Basement Tapes" and The Band's "Music from Big Pink". In Spring 1994, the Pet Shop Boys released a charity single for Comic Relief entitled "Absolutely Fabulous", which featured sampled dialogue from the series. In the UK, the CD single featured four different mixes, and it's catalogue number is CDR 6382. All 12 episodes from the first two seasons are available on four videos in the UK. They are released by BBC Video, half a season per tape, and the catalogue numbers are (in order of half-seasons) BBCV 5124, BBCV 5125, BBCV 5412 and BBCV 5413. In the US you can buy the UK-released tapes from Laughinghouse Video (714-956-9032) for $29.99 each. The price includes a NTSC copy of each tape, in addition to the PAL original. They cost about 12 pounds ($18) each in the UK. I've heard rumours that the series will be getting an official US video release - can anyone confirm this ? The scripts for the two seasons are available in two books written by Jennifer Saunders. They are called "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC Books, 1993, ISBN 0-563-36976-0) and "Absolutely Fabulous 2" (BBC Books, 1994, ISBN 0-563-37086-6). The January 1995 issue of the glossy "womens' magazine" Marie Claire (UK edition) included a 16 page magazine called "The Marie Claire Ab Fab Mag". It is written by "Edina and Patsy", and was published on 9th December 1994. The supplement isn't being distributed in the US, but once the issue goes into back-issue status (about middle of Jan '95), you should be able to order it from +44 (0)181-519-3969. Thanks to Wesley Kim (mstar.com) and Melinda Casino's Britcom Booklist for helping me fill in the details of the above merchandise. Guide (C) Dave Chapman 1994. Permission is granted by the copyright holder to distribute this guide on the sole condition that it is unmodified and no fee is charged.