When an indiscretion with a married MP leads to unwanted press attention, Patsy books into hospital for a face lift, while Edina is admitted for a foot operation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Lederer ...
Jennifer Piercey ...
Llewella Gideon ...
Nurse Mary
David Henry ...
Mandy Rice-Davies ...
Dream Saffron
Suzi Quatro ...
Dream Nurse


Eddy is in hospital with a sore foot and Patsy has booked in for facial surgery in readiness for a gossip magazine interview about a recent indiscretion. They are both very demanding patients. Whilst under anaesthetic Eddy dreams she is dying and surrounded by a glamorous version of her real family. When she wakes up she finds the pain was caused by an acupuncture needle which went astray whilst Patsy's treatment is a disaster. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 January 1994 (UK)  »

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In Absolutely Fabulous: Magazine (1992), Patsy's mother mentions The Female Eunuch. In this episode, Germaine Greer, author of that book, plays Edina's mother in Edina's dream. See more »


Several of the items on the stove that Edina keeps trying to move around, end up moving around by themselves between takes. See more »


[first lines]
Saffie: Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk!
Eddie: Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk! You're all tutty, darling! When Patsy comes in, I want you to treat her with a little bit of respect, alright?
Patsy: [entering] Click, click, flash, flash. Click, flash, flash, flash, click, click, click. Flash, flash, flash. Guys, guys, just give me a break, darlings! Just give me a break. I have a life to lead! Click, click. "This way, Patsy!". Fellows, fellows, fellows. Sweetie's darlings, can you just leave me alone? Click, ...
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References Awakenings (1990) See more »


Devil Gate Drive
Written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman
Performed by Suzi Quatro
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A classic!
7 April 2007 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"Hospital" is one of my favorite episodes, and in it we find Patsy has become involved in a headline-making sex scandal. Photographers and reporters follow her, but she'll only give an interview to the magazine she works for. In the meantime, Eddy has a toe injury that leads her to the hospital. Patsy also books a stay at the hospital for some facial rejuvenation. Llewella Gideon plays a tormenting nurse in this episode, and would return to play the character in "Death" and "Cleanin.'" Mrs. M. and Saffy visit Eddy in the hospital. Patsy receives visits from co-workers Magda (Kathy Burke), Fleur, and Catriona. Eddy has a bizarre dream while under anesthesia. Her dream features friends and family paying their last visit as she's dying in the hospital, but the dream is warped and her visitors aren't the friends and family as she knows them. Helena Bonham-Carter makes a perfect Saffy in the dream; especially since Patsy insultingly compared Saffy to Helena Bonham-Carter in "Magazine." Actor Richard E. Grant plays Justin in the dream. Germaine Greer, author of the controversial "The Female Eunuch," plays Eddy's mother. Dream Patsy is played by Mandy Rice-Davies, who was involved in a real sex scandal (in 1963) just like Patsy is in this episode. Suzi Quatro plays the dream nurse who offers rock and roll, and there's an appearance by the marionette, Lady Penelope, from the "Thunderbirds" adventure series. Patsy also has a humorous dream sequence. Producer Jon Plowman makes another cameo as a newsman trying to interview Patsy. Saffy's friend, Sarah, is also back. Bubble is absent from this episode.

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