Absolutely Fabulous: Season 1, Episode 3

France (26 Nov. 1992)

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Eddy and Patsy are off to France but find themselves staying, not in the expected chateau but a tiny cottage where they feel threatened by an old Frenchman whose language they cannot ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Geoffrey McGivern ...
Customs Officer
Juliette Mole ...
Air Hostess
Robert Ripa ...
Old Frenchman
June Whitfield ...


Eddy and Patsy are off to France but find themselves staying, not in the expected chateau but a tiny cottage where they feel threatened by an old Frenchman whose language they cannot understand. When Saffy and Bubble arrive, usual air-head Bubble surprises with her perfect French, explaining that he was inviting them to move into the chateau further up the road. A pleasant holiday results though. On the return home, Customs find a white powder in Patsy's luggage, which turns out to be perfectly harmless - to her annoyance. Written by don @ minifie-1

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All the France scenes were filmed over a period of two days in the middle of bad weather. All the shots which appear in the finished episode were taken when the weather finally died down. Also in this episode it is revealed that Patsy has never been married, while Edina has been married twice before. See more »


Edina and Patsy order a bottle of champagne on the plane and put it on the table in front of them. In the next shot, the bottle has vanished. See more »


[first lines]
Eddie: Come on, wake up! Come on! Come on, Bubble, try and concentrate! I've got some important information I have to tell you. I am going to be in France for nearly a whole week and I am counting on you to cope. Now, there is only one thing that you have to concentrate on this week, and that's the refurbishment of Bettina's apartment.
Bubble: The refurbishment of Bettina's apartment.
Eddie: It's very important, I promised it would be finished this week. When she said "Third world chic", I was hoping ...
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Purple Haze
Performed by June Whitfield
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The show's first outing is a laugh-riot!
6 April 2007 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"France" is the third episode, and the destination for the show's first major outing. Edina takes a break from her brief career in interior design to go on holiday with Patsy. They go to the French countryside, but it's soon apparent their vacation isn't turning out as expected. They arrive to a cottage that has no food, and worse, no booze. In the mean time, Bubble is handed a paper that immediately needs Edina's signature. Edina calls Saffy for aid, and Saffy and Bubble soon arrive with groceries and wine. Patsy and Edina visit a château for some wine tasting, and later play table tennis and Monopoly with Saffy and Bubble. The holiday ends abruptly when it's realized Bubble forgot to have Edina sign the important paper, and they all leave in a hurry to go back to England. Customs puts our foursome in a holding tank when a white powdered substance is discovered in their luggage. Producer Jon Plowman has a cameo when Patsy and Edina are wine tasting at the château.

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