The IT Crowd (2006–2013)
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The Haunting of Bill Crouse 

Jen goes on a bad date with a coworker, Bill. Not wanting to ever see Bill again, she asks Moss to come up with a lie that would send Bill away for good if he comes to visit her. Moss panics under pressure and tells Bill that Jen is dead.


Graham Linehan


Graham Linehan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Dowd ... Roy Trenneman
Richard Ayoade ... Maurice Moss
Katherine Parkinson ... Jen Barber
Christopher Morris ... Denholm Reynholm (as Chris Morris)
Jim Alexander Jim Alexander ... Rupert
Adam Buxton ... Bill Crouse
Pete Deagle Pete Deagle ... Office Worker
Cheryl Fergison Cheryl Fergison ... Judy
David Garfield ... Small Paul
Nathan Harmer Nathan Harmer ... Sombre Guy
Lucy Liemann ... Julie
Nancy Lodder Nancy Lodder ... Weeping Woman
Bennet Thorpe Bennet Thorpe ... Office Worker
Charlotte Weston Charlotte Weston ... Jessica
Jack Whitam Jack Whitam ... Awful Man


In an effort to stop office Lothario Bill Crouse pursuing her Jen asks Moss to make up an excuse for her so he tells Bill that Jen has died. Unfortunately Jen is unaware of this and carries on working, being mistaken for a ghost. After Roy has tried to pull the glamorous Julie from the fifth floor but only succeeded in attracting Judy, the chubby cleaner, a memorial service is held for Jen, complete with a musical tribute from Elton John. Still unaware that she is meant to be dead Jen attends, believing it to be the Employee of the Month presentation. However Small Paul has genuinely died so the service is altered to cater for him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


Jen looks at the waiter and says, "Mick Hucknall". Mick Hucknall was the lead singer of the band "Simply Red", so named for his curly, flame-red hair. Simply Red had a number of hits in the 1980s and 1990s such as "Holding Back the Years" and a well-received cover of "If You Don't Know Me by Now". See more »


When Bill gets home, he decides to drink a glass of whiskey. After he sees what he believes is the ghost of Jen, he panics and falls on the floor, however, we neither see the glass fall, nor do we hear it break, though he had it in his hand earlier. See more »


Moss: What the heck is Tapas?
Jen: You know Tapas, tiny food from Spain.
Moss: Oh yes tape-as.
Jen: Yeah, that's not how you say it.
Moss: Oh yes it is.
Jen: You're a tape ass!
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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »


The IT Crowd Theme
Performed by Sid & The Comeds
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A truly great comedy. If you've never seen it watch it as soon as possible.
20 August 2013 | by robinhume2002See all my reviews

This was a truly excellent show. There are great one liners and many memorable scenes throughout all four series scenes. Each of the main characters were strong and funny by themselves but put them together with a great script and this is the result, TV excellence. The Work Outing and The Haunting of Bill Crouse are my personal favourites.I was disappointed that the show ended when it did but perhaps it ended at the right time. There have been other shows that continued way past their time. the shows writer, (Graham Lineham) also wrote Father Ted and there are one or two scenes that are somewhat similar . For me there hasn't been a finer comedy in many years. Not to be missed.

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