Eddy is worrying about her weight again,seeing herself as the 'donkey' of her social circle,a fact that her bitchy friends endorse,so she goes on a punishing diet and exercise regimen which... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
June Whitfield ...
Robin Cope ...
Fitness Instructor
Andrea Gillie ...
Patsy's Secretary
Jessica Willcocks ...


Eddy is worrying about her weight again,seeing herself as the 'donkey' of her social circle,a fact that her bitchy friends endorse,so she goes on a punishing diet and exercise regimen which,for different reasons Saffy and Patsy oppose. She even has dreams in which God and the Devil appear to add their own comments but,even though she feels she has shed the pounds she is still regarded as the donkey.Saffy is encouraged to write a play by Taylor,an actor friend seeking to revive his career. Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 September 2001 (UK)  »

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There is a scene where Edina angrily throws a carton of yogurt in the kitchen sink from across the room because she can't eat what she wants. The yogurt splashes all over the screen and the next shot shows Saffie looking shocked. This was left in but was added into another take because it was actually a blooper, as the yogurt container was not supposed to break and got all over the lens of the camera that was placed in the window behind the sink, and the cast and audience broke out laughing. If you look at the next shot of Edina complaining to Saffie, part of the screen looks blurry where the crew tried to clean off the lens. See more »


Patsy: Eddy, you know your stomach's like a dog that doesn't know when it's going to be fed next. It just hangs around until you want to kick it.
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My all-time least favorite episode
10 April 2007 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"Donkey" is my least favorite episode of all. I hate to say it, but I find most of the humor in "Donkey" falls flat. The minor subplot of Patsy removing her hair fringe is not funny at all. Another minor subplot in which Saffy gets a visitor named Taylor is even worse. I've found something to enjoy in every "Ab Fab" character until Taylor came along. Lucky for me, this is the only episode the character is in. A scene where Edina and Saffy argue over Edina possibly ruining her diet seems half-baked. This is also the scene where Edina discovers she's developed a muscle, and the humor just wasn't up to par. Luckily, there are some humorous jokes and gags to be found among the muddle. I also feel this worst episode of "Absolutely Fabulous" is better than having no "Ab Fab" at all. An interesting aspect to this episode is that it incorporates some of the style behind "Sex In The City," and "Ally McBeal." In "Donkey," Edina once again becomes disgusted with her weight. She may be somewhat used to Saffy's insults, but the additional insults and snickers from Katy Grin, Catriona, and Fleur finally push her to do something about it. Patsy even becomes a tad vicious with the overweight remarks. Edina wants to be a race horse instead of a donkey, so she goes on a detox diet and enrolls in a military fitness course. Katy goes along with Edina to document Edina's progress with a camcorder. In the meantime, Patsy experiments with the idea of pinning her hair fringe back from her forehead, and Saffy receives a visit from a past school chum named Taylor (Julian Rhind-Tutt.) Taylor seems to be a user, and he mildly uses Saffy until he wears out his welcome. Candy Bender (Tilly Blackwood) is also on hand with her little doggy, and God (Marianne Faithful) returns to Eddy in a dream. God sings "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan" while Edina sleeps. This time God is joined by the Devil (Anita Pallenberg.) Eddy manages to lose one stone through dieting, and the often grueling exercise program. However, her weight loss is still not enough to stop the snickers and comments of Katy Grin.

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