Absolutely Fabulous: Season 5, Episode 7

Exploitin' (5 Dec. 2003)

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After Mother gets banned from the house following the mess when she brought her friends over for a 'Coccoon' spa day in the bathroom,Saffy is without a babysitter whilst she spends the day ... See full summary »


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After Mother gets banned from the house following the mess when she brought her friends over for a 'Coccoon' spa day in the bathroom,Saffy is without a babysitter whilst she spends the day with John and reluctantly acquiesces when Eddy tells her she wants to be a responsible grandparent and mind Jane (or even Lola) for her. She and Patsy take the baby for a photo shoot at the zoo and almost end up swapping her for a baby chimp. However after a session in the baby-changing toilet Eddy happily brings home her charge - only to discover that it is someone else's child. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Not bad, but may be the weakest from the fifth series
17 April 2007 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"Exploitin'" may be the weakest episode from the fifth series, but it is still a good episode. Edina's sleep is being disturbed by the baby's crying, and her house has baby toys and baby clothing strewn about. Tempers flare when Edina and Saffron disagree on how to raise the baby, and soon John is getting yelled at as well. Patsy comes over to tell Eddy that it's been arranged to have baby Jane's first modeling session, which will be appearing in Vogue magazine. However, there's now a problem with getting the baby out of the house: Mrs. M. has been banned from the house due to using Edina's bathroom as a spa for the elderly, and she won't be coming over to babysit. That means Saffy and John won't be leaving for their much needed time alone, and Edina is sure Saffy won't allow her to take the baby out. Saffy is still being moody, so Eddy and Patsy gang-up on her to tell her how unattractive and unkempt she's become. They also tell Saffy that she'll lose John if she continues to act this way. Saffy realizes there is truth to their harsh words, and she breaks down with sobs. Patsy is pleased with upsetting Saffy, but Edina shows her daughter her caring side. Saffy now feels a greater need to have some alone time with John, and she asks Edina if she'd babysit Jane. Patsy and Edina then connive to take the baby to the zoo, where the photo shoot is taking place. Edina experiments with Saffy's breast milk pump before she and Jane meet Patsy at the zoo. Before the photo shoot, Edina and Patsy do some educational shopping, and face confusion on how to change the baby's poopy diaper. The baby then has her portion of the photo shoot, and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier is present. A cheerful Saffy and John return to the house, but they find a note telling them Edina has taken the baby to the zoo. Patsy and Edina have conversation with Jean Paul until Saffy calls to demand they bring the baby home. Edina and Patsy arrive back at home, but it's soon discovered they brought home the wrong baby! Fern Britton returns to the show as the host of "This Morning." Fern's guest is Katy Grin, and they talk about having children until Edina turns off the television. Mrs. M. has a very brief scene with no dialogue at the beginning of the episode. Bubble is absent from this episode.

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