History Funny / Coupling

5th May '18 8:29:39 PM mlsmithca
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'''Steve:''' Padding! ''[stands up and walks around behind the sofa]'' Oh, now, that's interesting! See- I-I-I ''like'' padding. You know, if I was, say, er... an American football player, y'know, all those big bastards running at me, I'd say, you know, "Give me some of that padding and be quick about it!" You know, if my job involved... ''bouncing'' down jagged rocks, ''[the senior sales assistant is visibly sick of Steve's rant; the junior is just confused]'' I would say... ''[puffs his cheeks]'' "In view of those jagged rocks down there, I'll have some of ''that'' padding, ''thank you very much.''" ''[pointing to each of the three women in turn]'' But Susan, Sally, Jane, ''this''... is a ''sofa!'' It is designed by clever scientists in such a way so as to ''shield'' the unprotected user from the risk of... skin abrasions, serious head trauma, and of course!... ''[suddenly drops to the floor, then pokes his head over the back]'' [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks!]] ''[Jane and Jeff can't help laughing; Susan looks ever angrier]'' You looked! ''[points between Susan, Sally, and Jane again]'' Trust me, girls! Trust me on this one! You do ''not'' need ''[holds up cushion again]'' padding to tackle upholstery! ''[marches over to Susan]'' So please, once and for all, tell me: why on Earth you would want me to sit on one of these?!

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'''Steve:''' Padding! ''[stands up and walks around behind the sofa]'' Oh, now, that's interesting! See- I-I-I ''like'' padding. You know, if I was, say, er... an American football player, y'know, all those big bastards running at me, I'd say, you know, "Give me some of that padding and be quick about it!" You know, if my job involved... ''bouncing'' down jagged rocks, ''[the senior sales assistant is visibly sick of Steve's rant; the junior is just confused]'' I would say... ''[puffs his cheeks]'' "In view of those jagged rocks down there, I'll have some of ''that'' padding, ''thank you very much.''" ''[pointing to each of the three women in turn]'' But Susan, Sally, Jane, ''this''... is a ''sofa!'' It is designed by clever scientists in such a way so as to ''shield'' the unprotected user from the risk of... skin abrasions, serious head trauma, and of course!... ''[suddenly drops to the floor, then pokes his head over the back]'' [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks!]] ''[Jane and Jeff can't help laughing; Susan looks ever angrier]'' You looked! ''[points between Susan, Sally, and Jane again]'' Trust me, girls! Trust me on this one! You do ''not'' need ''[holds up cushion again]'' padding to tackle upholstery! ''[marches over to Susan]'' So please, once and for all, tell me: why on Earth you would want me to sit on one of these?!these?!\\
5th May '18 8:29:22 PM mlsmithca
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* A chain of three the "Captain Subtext" scene leads to Steve's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxVHealguGs rant on the mysterious nature of cushions]] ("What are they? Pets for couches?"), leads to Susan's one line defusing of the whole thing;
-->'''Steve''': So, tell me--what ''possible reason'' would I have to sit on one of ''these''?
-->'''Susan''': ''Because'', if you pressed it firmly against your bottom it might ''stop you from talking''!
* The giggle loop. (It's not really a loop, is it? It's more of a stack.)
** Eh. It's represented with a stack but it's a feedback loop; you try not to laugh, think about how awful it would be for you to laugh, try harder not to laugh, and eventually either time runs out or you bust a gut.

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* A chain of three the "Captain Subtext" scene leads to Steve's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxVHealguGs rant on the mysterious nature of cushions]] ("What are they? Pets for couches?"), cushions, which leads to Susan's one line defusing of the whole thing;
-->'''Steve''': So, tell me--what ''possible reason'' -->'''Steve:''' I'll show you. ''[flips the cushion over in his hands, and holds it up to Susan]'' What... is this?\\
'''Susan:''' It's a cushion.\\
'''Steve:''' Right. Yes. It's a ''cushion''. Thank you for that, very informative. ''[holds the cushion up to Jeff]'' You got any of these?\\
'''Jeff:''' ''[shakes head]'' No.\\
'''Steve:''' 'Course you haven't! ''[snaps fingers and points to junior sales assistant]'' You. You married? Living with anyone?\\
'''Junior shop assistant:''' No.\\
'''Steve:''' Got any of these?\\
'''Junior shop assistant:''' No.\\
'''Steve:''' 'Course not! ''[snaps his fingers again and points to Susan]'' You- you bring these things into our homes. They, they, ''[throws cushion onto a sofa]'' they sit on our chairs! They watch our televisions! Now, ''[stammers]'' I just need to know - on behalf of all men, everywhere, I just... need to ask... please... '''what''' are they '''for!?''' ''[Susan looks bewildered]'' I mean ''look at them! [grabs two cushions from another sofa]'' Look at the chubby little bastards ''[drops the cushions again]'' just ''sitting'' around everywhere, I mean, what ''are'' they?! '''Pets''' for '''chairs!?''' ''[Susan looks even more bewildered; Steve confronts the senior shop assistant]'' Come on! You sell them!\\
'''Junior shop assistant:''' Well...\\
'''Senior shop assistant:''' ''[gives Steve a DisapprovingLook]'' You ''sit'' on them.\\
'''Steve:''' Ah! ''[laughs mockingly]'' Ah, see, that's where you're wrong. ''Nobody'' sits on them. Okay - watch this. ''[walks over to the first sofa and grabs the cushion]'' Here's the cushion - I'm putting it ''on'' the sofa. ''[does so]'' Now - watch me. I'm sitting down... and what do I do on my final approach? ''[as he sits down, he...]'' I - OOH! MOVE THE CUSHION! D'you see!? It- it's not involved! It's not ''part'' of the whole sitting process, it just... ''lies'' there! It's... it's ''fat litter!'' It's a sofa parasite!\\
'''Jane:''' ''[holding up a frilly hot pink cushion]'' It's... ''[pats the cushion]'' you know... padding!\\
'''Steve:''' Padding! ''[stands up and walks around behind the sofa]'' Oh, now, that's interesting! See- I-I-I ''like'' padding. You know, if I was, say, er... an American football player, y'know, all those big bastards running at me, I'd say, you know, "Give me some of that padding and be quick about it!" You know, if my job involved... ''bouncing'' down jagged rocks, ''[the senior sales assistant is visibly sick of Steve's rant; the junior is just confused]'' I
would I say... ''[puffs his cheeks]'' "In view of those jagged rocks down there, I'll have some of ''that'' padding, ''thank you very much.''" ''[pointing to each of the three women in turn]'' But Susan, Sally, Jane, ''this''... is a ''sofa!'' It is designed by clever scientists in such a way so as to ''shield'' the unprotected user from the risk of... skin abrasions, serious head trauma, and of course!... ''[suddenly drops to the floor, then pokes his head over the back]'' [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks!]] ''[Jane and Jeff can't help laughing; Susan looks ever angrier]'' You looked! ''[points between Susan, Sally, and Jane again]'' Trust me, girls! Trust me on this one! You do ''not'' need ''[holds up cushion again]'' padding to tackle upholstery! ''[marches over to Susan]'' So please, once and for all, tell me: why on Earth you would want me to sit on one of ''these''?
-->'''Susan''': ''Because'',
these?!
'''Susan:''' ''[her own anger boiling over]'' '''Because''',
if you pressed it firmly against your bottom ''bottom'' it might ''stop stop you from talking''!
''talking!''\\
'''Steve:''' ''[{{Beat}}]'' I saw Sally naked.
* The giggle loop. (It's not really a loop, is it? It's more of a stack.)
** Eh. It's represented with a stack but it's a feedback loop; you
You try not to laugh, think about how awful it would be for you to laugh, try harder not to laugh, and eventually either time runs out or you bust a gut.



* ''Circus of the Epidurals:'' ''Everybody'' ends up at Susan's ante-natal class, which ends up being led by Jill, the therapist from ''Inferno.'' All of the [[CallBack call backs]] to that episode were hilarious (even the extras in the background were laughing.)
-->'''Jill''': I understand Jennifer is happy for friends and relatives of the couple to come along to this session, and I'm happy too. As long as it doesn't develop into some kind of... (''sees Steve and recognizes him'') Lesbian Spank Inferno.
-->'''Susan''': I thought you were a therapist.
-->'''Jill''': I moved on from therapy after your friend Jane. [...] I knew then to get out of therapy and never find myself in the same room as that woman and her pathetic delusions again.
*** (Jane enters, with a pillow on her stomach, pretending to be pregnant .)
-->'''Jill''': (to Jane) Well, you seem healthy. So much for Voodoo.
* ''The Melty Man Cometh'', Patrick's interactions with "The Melty Man", the mental, Darth Vader-esq, AnthropomorphicPersonification of TheLoinsSleepTonight, moments before he's about to consumate his relationship with Sally. He is encountering "problems", until it's revealed it's all due to his repressed, genuine feelings for her...

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* ''Circus "Circus of the Epidurals:'' Epidurals": ''Everybody'' ends up at Susan's ante-natal class, which ends up being led by Jill, the therapist from ''Inferno.'' "Inferno". All of the [[CallBack call backs]] to that episode were hilarious (even the extras in the background were laughing.)
laughing).
-->'''Jill''': I understand Jennifer is happy for friends and relatives of the couple to come along to this session, and I'm happy too. As long as it doesn't develop into some kind of... (''sees ''[sees Steve and recognizes him'') him]'' Lesbian Spank Inferno.
-->'''Susan''':
Inferno.\\
'''Susan''':
I thought you were a therapist.
-->'''Jill''':
therapist.\\
'''Jill''':
I moved on from therapy after your friend Jane. [...] I knew then to get out of therapy and never find myself in the same room as that woman and her pathetic delusions again.
*** (Jane
again.\\
''[Jane
enters, with a pillow on her stomach, pretending to be pregnant .)
-->'''Jill''': (to Jane)
pregnant]''\\
'''Jill''': ''[to Jane]''
Well, you seem healthy. So much for Voodoo.
* ''The "The Melty Man Cometh'', Cometh", Patrick's interactions with "The Melty Man", the mental, Darth Vader-esq, AnthropomorphicPersonification of TheLoinsSleepTonight, moments before he's about to consumate his relationship with Sally. He is encountering "problems", until it's revealed it's all due to his repressed, genuine feelings for her...



* Another classic Jeff tangent: During a discussion about nudity on television, he reveals that the connotation between television and nudity when he was a child led to him becoming aroused whenever it was switched on ("Even if it was just the news or [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]]") and that one afternoon he "lost control" in front of his whole family and "completely wrote off the television".

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* Another classic Jeff tangent: During a discussion about nudity on television, he reveals that the connotation between television and nudity when he was a child led to him becoming aroused whenever it was switched on ("Even if it was just the news or [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]]") ''Series/DoctorWho''") and that one afternoon he "lost control" in front of his whole family and "completely wrote off the television".
7th Nov '17 4:10:11 AM jormis29
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-->'''Steve:''' Sorry... so you're telling us that, as a young child and despite the obvious electrical dangers, you sexually assaulted the television set. During ''Songs Of Praise''?

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-->'''Steve:''' Sorry... so you're telling us that, as a young child and despite the obvious electrical dangers, you sexually assaulted the television set. During ''Songs Of Praise''?''Series/SongsOfPraise''?
28th Mar '16 5:46:53 AM dsneybuf
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* The U.S. version had some funny moments as well, particularly the episode "Dressed", where Jane is invited over to a guy's apartment and thinks it will just be the two of them, so she wears a trenchcoat with ''nothing'' underneath, and when it turns out all his friends are there, Jane has to make excuses to keep her coat on, [[ItMakesSenseInContext she desperately tries to get a little girl to steal a dress for her by giving her the coat]] which fails miserably and hilariously, then Jane finally gives up and casually walks in front of the guy and his friends while completely naked, puts on another coat and leaves, her complete lack of embarassment and the guy's reactions is what really sells it.
** Note that this is scene-for-scene lifted from the original.

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\n* The U.S. version had some funny moments as well, particularly the episode "Dressed", where Jane is invited over to a guy's apartment and thinks it will just be the two of them, so she wears a trenchcoat with ''nothing'' underneath, and when it turns out all his friends are there, Jane has to make excuses to keep her coat on, [[ItMakesSenseInContext she desperately tries to get a little girl to steal a dress for her by giving her the coat]] which fails miserably and hilariously, then Jane finally gives up and casually walks in front of the guy and his friends while completely naked, puts on another coat and leaves, her complete lack of embarassment and the guy's reactions is what really sells it.
** Note that this is scene-for-scene lifted from the original.
it.
25th Mar '16 2:44:16 PM nombretomado
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The British classic ''{{Coupling}}'' has this...masterclass...in how to construct a joke.

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The British classic ''{{Coupling}}'' ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' has this...masterclass...in how to construct a joke.
18th Mar '16 11:36:38 PM Hossmeister
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4th Mar '16 10:23:06 PM astrakhan
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** The moment when the episode rewinds and switches the language and Jeff talks in made-up Italian-ish is utterly brilliant.
9th Aug '15 10:00:05 PM ClatoLawa
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0dV0_qOliQ This conversation]]:

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0dV0_qOliQ This conversation]]:The scene where Julia tells the girls about an encounter she had in the stationary cupboard with Jeff. We see a flashback that leads to a very awkward kiss, with Jeff rather cruelly criticising her breath, her teeth, etc. Julia then clarifies that it was an ImagineSpot, explaining why [[AlmostKiss she didn't kiss him]]. We then cut to Jeff's own ImagineSpot of what he thought would happen, which we just ''know'' will be more extreme. And it doesn't disappoint:



** The buildup to this makes it even better. First we see Julia, the woman he almost kissed, tell the girls why she didn't kiss him with a fake flashback as to what ''she'' imagined would happen (subtly setting her up as Jeff's perfect match, of course). Since the guy in question was Jeff, we just ''know'' his will be more extreme. And it doesn't disappoint.
11th Jul '15 8:45:22 AM zerohelix
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* The U.S. version had some funny moments as well, particularly the episode "Dressed", where Jane is invited over to a guy's apartment and thinks it will just be the two of them, so she wears a trenchcoat with ''nothing'' underneath, and when it turns out all his friend sare there, Jane has to make excuses to keep her coat on, [[ItMakesSenseInContext she desperately tries to get a little girl to steal a dress for her by giving her the coat]] which fails miserably and hilariously, then Jane finally gives up and casually walks in front of the guy and his friends while completely naked, puts on another coat and leaves, her complete lack of embarassment and the guy's reactions is what really sells it.

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\n* The U.S. version had some funny moments as well, particularly the episode "Dressed", where Jane is invited over to a guy's apartment and thinks it will just be the two of them, so she wears a trenchcoat with ''nothing'' underneath, and when it turns out all his friend sare friends are there, Jane has to make excuses to keep her coat on, [[ItMakesSenseInContext she desperately tries to get a little girl to steal a dress for her by giving her the coat]] which fails miserably and hilariously, then Jane finally gives up and casually walks in front of the guy and his friends while completely naked, puts on another coat and leaves, her complete lack of embarassment and the guy's reactions is what really sells it.
11th Jul '15 8:35:10 AM zerohelix
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** Jeff's ability to blurt out the most incredible craziness and shock his [very] open friends are simply amazing. His reveal with Steve at the Sperm clinic was gut busting, not to mention his explanation of suffering 'lower whiplash'. Or the scene immediately following the captain subtext scene where his subconscious spoke only in one- or two-word exclamations like "Cleft. Gusset. Bicycle saddle", only to keep doing it after the 'auto-translate' was disabled. Or unintentionally stripping totally nude while dancing in front of all his colleagues and his mother! Or:

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** Jeff's ability to blurt out the most incredible craziness and shock his [very] open friends are is simply amazing. His reveal with Steve at the Sperm clinic was gut busting, not to mention his explanation of suffering 'lower whiplash'. Or the scene immediately following the captain subtext scene where his subconscious spoke only in one- or two-word exclamations like "Cleft. Gusset. Bicycle saddle", only to keep doing it after the 'auto-translate' was disabled. Or unintentionally stripping totally nude while dancing in front of all his colleagues and his mother! Or:
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