Coupling (2000–2004)
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The End of the Line 

A bit of sexy role playing creates havoc between the friends: who is the sexy Frenchwoman Giselle and the studly Australian Dick Darlington?


Martin Dennis


Steven Moffat

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Davenport ... Steve Taylor
Gina Bellman ... Jane Christie
Sarah Alexander ... Susan Walker
Kate Isitt ... Sally Harper
Ben Miles ... Patrick Maitland
Richard Coyle ... Jeffrey 'Jeff' Murdock
Lou Gish Lou Gish ... Julia
Mark Frost ... Richard
Jules Leyser ... Yvonne
Hazel McBride Hazel McBride ... Giselle


Jeff brags about his three days-'old' hot relationship with his and Susan's boss Julia. The mates burst his bubble about female attire, supposedly growing from sexy scanty to giant put-off, like their attitude. Steve and Susan seem a working couple, as he leaves every decision to her, but each secretly misses his/her freedom. In a bar, Steve can't resist saying 'no' when Yvonne asks if he has a girl-friend and exchanging phone numbers. He freaks with the mates eight days later when he gets a call presumably from her, the only consolation being Susan isn't home, and pretends with an Aussie accent to by Dick Darlington, who works in an equally fictitious but nearby bar, at Jeff's impulsive prompting called Susan's and for Australians -her well-known sexual obsession- who all 'know' Susan Walker, relieved to hear it's some French bitch, Susan's client Giselle. In fact it's Susan pretending to be Giselle while she resists flirting in another bar with real Australian Richard. In fact the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance








Release Date:

29 October 2001 (UK) See more »

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Hartswood Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sarah Alexander previously appeared in the Red Dwarf (1988) episode "Stoke Me A Clipper" in which she also spoke with a French accent. See more »


The "ch" sound is not used in the French language; therefore, Jane and Sally should pronounce "French bitch" as "Frensh beesh." See more »


Steve Taylor: There are three things all men should know, and it's time you did too. You're never going to be famous, you're fatter than you think, and, most important of all, they don't keep wearing stockings.
Jeffrey 'Jeff' Murdock: Julia always wears stockings. No, really! She's always worn them. She always will. She told me.
[Steve and Patrick chuckle]
Jeffrey 'Jeff' Murdock: In fact, Julia told me she...
Steve TaylorPatrick Maitland: [finishing with him] ... prefers wearing stockings.
Jeffrey 'Jeff' Murdock: What?
Steve Taylor: Stockings aren't real, Jeff. They're a myth.
Jeffrey 'Jeff' Murdock: Stockings are real. I've seen 'em.
Steve Taylor: Oh, sure ...
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Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Music by Osvaldo Farrés
English Lyrics by Joe Davis
Performed by Mari Wilson
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Series Two

Series Two of "Coupling" is a surprising drop in quality overall from the near-perfect series one, and I think it is due to the writer Steven Moffat stretching himself thin a bit, with nine episodes written for this series as opposed to the six written for the first series.

When I say 'drop in quality' I mean precisely that, but that does not indicate that this second series is anything other than thoroughly superb and enjoyable, with "The Melty Man Cometh" being the only less-than-excellent episode, but even that is fun and watchable.

We are kept waiting for the laugh-a-second hilarity right up to the final two episodes, where "Naked" stands as perhaps the funniest and my favorite "Coupling" episode, and "The End of the Line" plays beautifully on relationship dynamics.

Good stuff! Series average based on all episodes: 8.55/10

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