Absolutely Fabulous: Season 2, Episode 4

New Best Friend (24 Feb. 1994)

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Eddy is preparing to host old friend Bettina,a notorious minimalist,and her husband Max, and clears everything out of the house,including Saffy. Patsy is also excluded but when the couple ... See full summary »


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Eddy is preparing to host old friend Bettina,a notorious minimalist,and her husband Max, and clears everything out of the house,including Saffy. Patsy is also excluded but when the couple turn up,with their new baby,they fill the house with clutter,annoying Eddy who leaves them and goes into town. When she sees Patsy in a restaurant she cajoles celebrities into pretending they are her friends so Patsy will be jealous but,after Eddy has slept with Max and he and his wife left in a huff,order is restored between the two friends. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Bettina was first mentioned in the French and Saunders sketch which led to the creation of the series. See more »


Bettina and Max bring their new baby boy when they come to visit Edina. In the later show "White Box" when Edina asks Max about the child, he refers to the child as a female. See more »


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Eddie: [to Saffy] Why didn't you wake me, sweetie? Well, I'm not going into the office today because Bettina and Max are coming, and I've got to clear the whole house up for them darling. Anyway, did I tell you Bubble's not there anymore, she's gone. I mean, someone offered her a pathetic junior post at 'Marie Claire', so I accepted for her. Let them pay her, darling, while we've got no work on. So, darling, sweet... Sweetie? Honey?
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Another great episode from the second season!
8 April 2007 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"New Best Friend" finds Edina and Patsy having a falling out over the visit of friends Bettina and Max (Miranda Richardson and Patrick Barlow, who would return to play the couple in the "White Box" episode.) The bickering and disorganized couple arrive with their new baby, which proves to be too much for Edina to handle. Edina leaves the nerve-wrecking scene to look for Patsy. She goes to the magazine's office and runs into Bubble. Bubble is working at the magazine due to a temporary layoff from Edina's P.R. company. Fleur and Catriona are on hand at the magazine's office, and Hamish (Adrian Edmondson) is shown in conversation with an employee named Carmen (comedienne Jo Brand.) Edina went to find Patsy so they could have lunch, but her pride returns when she and Patsy see each other on the street. They pretend they haven't seen each other, and go their separate ways. However, they soon end up in the same restaurant, and try to outdo each other with their needs to create envy and look popular. Patsy runs into fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, and invites herself to have lunch with Zandra and actress Britt Eckland. Patsy and Zandra reminisce how they met, and Patsy tries to forge a friendship with Britt. Meanwhile, Edina manages to persuade singer-actress Lulu to join her for lunch. Edina later declares a Bettina and Max emergency after she gets back home, and faces the displeasure of baby vomit. She calls Saffy to come rescue her from the situation. Mrs. M. also arrives to help with Bettina, Max, and the baby. Bettina finally begins to relax, but her relaxation is short-lived when she, Saffy, and Mrs. M. overhear Edina and Max having sex. Patsy comes around the next day, and it seems like things will be getting back to normal.

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