The IT Crowd: Season 4, Episode 4

Italian for Beginners (16 Jul. 2010)

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Moss is obsessed with an I-phone in an arcade game. Roy is obsessed with a water park fire. Jen is obsessed with speaking Italian.


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Jealous of co-worker Linda Jen lies that can speak Italian but shoots herself in the foot since she is then asked to act as interpreter for visiting businessman Signor Bernatelli. Moss tries to help her by installing voice-activated translator in her computer but since she is not allowed to use the computer in the conversation her lie is exposed. Moss meanwhile gets trapped inside a mechanical grab machine trying to get an I-phone out whilst Roy burns himself figuring out how his girlfriend's parents could have died in a water park fire. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The IT Crowd is back in the game!
16 July 2010 | by (Livigno) – See all my reviews

There are very few shows out there that really appear to have a master-plan. I was frankly a little confused by the first three episodes of season 4 but this one finally drops the bomb every fan was waiting for.

In short, "Italian for Beginners" is an instant IT Crowd classic. After diving a little more into the characters themselves in the previous episodes, this one portrays these new aspects in action. Fast paced, splendid punchlines, cynical metaphors and allegories and even nostalgic IT Crowd feeling at some points.

After episode 1 I chuckled, after episode 2 I had some laughs, episode 3 confused me.... on episode 4 (this one) I almost p****d my pants! The season is definitely reaching its first climax. Congratulations to the writers and actors!

A little "half spoiler" at the end I just need to get rid off: Remember these classic but slightly boring moments in comedy when the protagonist gets exposed in public slowwwwwly and the process becomes the embarrassing joke? Well, these are those moments when your head (that's already shaking) falls into your palms and you go "noooooo.... how humiliating" - Towards the end of "Italian for Beginners" the show reverses that kind of humor and you actually begin your initial head-into-your-hands-fall sequence but once the scene is finished you got your head up and ask yourself "How did she just pull THAT off?" and just start laughing!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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