The IT Crowd (2006–2013)
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The Work Outing 

Jen's new boyfriend invites Roy, Moss and Jen to a controversial theatre play, which creates a series of misunderstandings that end up having unintended consequences of epic proportions.


Graham Linehan


Graham Linehan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Dowd ... Roy Trenneman
Richard Ayoade ... Maurice Moss
Katherine Parkinson ... Jen Barber
Brett Allen ... Donald
Ash Atalla Ash Atalla ... Rampant Gay Man
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Jerome
Noel Fielding ... Richmond
Lydia Fox ... Laura
Adam G. Goodwin Adam G. Goodwin ... Barman
Gavin Keenan Gavin Keenan ... Singer
Jamie Michie ... Philip
Guy Porritt Guy Porritt ... Policeman
David Schaal ... Dec
Adrian Schiller ... Judge
Kim Wall ... Manager


Jen is thrilled when the handsome Philip asks her out to the theatre though less so when Roy and Moss also invite themselves along. The play in question is 'Gay', a screamingly camp musical which Moss loves but Jen begins to question Philip's sexuality and is not flattered when he confesses he fancies her because she looks like a man. Roy meanwhile fakes an accident in the disabled toilet which results in his being loaded into a mini-van bound back to Manchester with other disabled play-goers and Jen is surprised to see Moss working behind the bar after he used the staff toilet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 August 2007 (UK) See more »

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Moss hears Jen and Roy debating whether Phillip is gay and, jumping to a false conclusion, says "Everyone knows. And what's more he's been gay since Wham". Moss is referring to George Michael, whose sexual orientation was a subject of speculation until 1998 when he was arrested in an L.A. public restroom for 'lewd behavior'. See more »


When Philip is introduced to Moss, Jen and Roy, he immediately detects that Roy is Irish.

This cannot be possible because Roy mumbles "Hello" so softly that the audience can barely hear him. It's not possible for Philip to have heard him very well or to have determined from the single word that he was from Ireland. See more »


Roy: HEY! I just won 450 quid playing poker!
Moss: [unimpressed] Well done.
Roy: Saw that one coming, Mikey73. That's my rent sorted this month. Ooh, and I can buy that new... Oh no, I've lost it all again.
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The IT Crowd Theme
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Pure Gold
25 December 2012 | by peter-2749See all my reviews

This is simply the best episode of the funniest programme on TV for decades. One of the things that British comedy does best is the "awkward situation" and this episode takes it to a new level only touched upon by programmes such as Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses and The Office in the past. The comic-timing from all of the main characters but especially Moss is something that should be preserved in aspic for future generations of comedians to study.

The criticism from one of the other reviewers on here seems to mix-up bad-taste and homophobic humour with humour directed at those people who perpetuate such views. The jokes are not anti-gay but anti-bigot or anti-awkwardness.

I am not going to say anything about the "situation" of this comedy but just to say, if you want 20 odd minutes of literally tears-running-down- the-cheek joy then watch this.

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