History Series / Coupling

6th Jun '16 11:44:53 AM Golden
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* RetargetedLust: A woman doles out (possibly fictitious) stories of her past encounters with women in order to keep her boyfriend interested.

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* RetargetedLust: A woman Jane doles out (possibly fictitious) stories of her past encounters with women in order to keep her boyfriend interested.interest men.
21st Dec '15 3:34:09 PM vexer
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It had a US remake that lasted about four episodes before being chased off the face of the Earth. (The Greek version ran for a whole series.)

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It had a US remake that lasted about for only four episodes before being chased off in the face of U.S.(though ironically the Earth.season of 13 episodes was broadcast in the U.K.). (The Greek version ran for a whole series.)
30th Nov '15 3:22:29 PM Berrenta
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* GranolaGirl: Jane.
** It's debatable though in how far this is just another mask she uses to manipulate the people around her.
*** TwoWords: "Bi-Vegetarian".

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* GranolaGirl: Jane.
** It's
Jane, though it's debatable though in how far this is just another mask she uses to manipulate the people around her.
*** TwoWords: "Bi-Vegetarian".
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24th Oct '15 9:00:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Steve is already so familiar with Jeff that in the first episode, the first time the audience ever hears a 'Jeffism', he's appropriately wary of them:
--> ''Is this going to be something disgusting? Am I going to be embarrassed to be your friend?''
22nd Oct '15 2:35:32 PM cassielsander
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* RetargetedLust: A woman doles out (possibly fictitious) stories of her past encounters with women in order to keep her boyfriend interested.
25th Sep '15 1:56:29 PM RaustBD
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'''Steve:''' (''exasperated'') Oh, ''because it's got naked women in it!'' Look, I ''like'' naked women! I'm a bloke, we're supposed to like them, we're born like that! We like naked women as soon as we're pulled out of one! Halfway down the birth canal, we're already enjoying the view! Look, it is the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche; we like: naked women, stockings, lesbians and Sean Connery best as James Bond, because that is what being a boy is! And if you don't like it darling, join a film collective! I want to spend the rest of my life with the woman at the end of that table there (''gestures at Susan'') but that does not stop me wanting to see several thousand more naked bottoms before I die! Because that's what being a bloke is! When man invented fire, he didn't say, "Hey, let's cook!" He said, "Great! Now we can see naked bottoms in the dark!" As soon as Caxton invented the printing press, we were using it to make pictures of, hey, naked bottoms! We've turned the Internet into an enormous international database of... naked bottoms! So, you see, the story of male achievement through the ages, feeble though it may have been, has been the story of our struggle to get a better look at your bottoms. Frankly, girls, I'm not sure how insulted you really ought to be.

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'''Steve:''' (''exasperated'') Oh, ''because ''[[CaptainObvious because it's got naked women in it!'' it!]]'' Look, I ''like'' naked women! I'm a bloke, we're supposed to like them, we're born like that! We like naked women as soon as we're pulled out of one! Halfway down the birth canal, we're already enjoying the view! Look, it is the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche; we like: naked women, stockings, lesbians and Sean Connery best as James Bond, because that is what being a boy is! And if you don't like it darling, join a film collective! I want to spend the rest of my life with the woman at the end of that table there (''gestures at Susan'') but that does not stop me wanting to see several thousand more naked bottoms before I die! Because that's what being a bloke is! When man invented fire, he didn't say, "Hey, let's cook!" He said, "Great! Now we can see naked bottoms in the dark!" As soon as Caxton invented the printing press, we were using it to make pictures of, hey, naked bottoms! We've turned the Internet into an enormous international database of... naked bottoms! So, you see, the story of male achievement through the ages, feeble though it may have been, has been the story of our struggle to get a better look at your bottoms. Frankly, girls, I'm not sure how insulted you really ought to be.
23rd Aug '15 1:27:25 AM ZanderSchubert
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--> '''Jane''': Vegetarianism, for me, is about saying yes to things. Even meat.
28th Jan '15 5:37:26 PM Quag15
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* EarlyInstalmentWeirdness : in the pilot Susan's implied to be more of the player that Patrick eventually became, whereas Patrick is totally into his monogamous relation with Susan, even "saving up" for Susan instead of masturbating.

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* EarlyInstalmentWeirdness EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : in the pilot Susan's implied to be more of the player that Patrick eventually became, whereas Patrick is totally into his monogamous relation with Susan, even "saving up" for Susan instead of masturbating.



* ExecutiveMeddling: The original pilot for the U.S. version was based off the episode "Inferno" and was more faithful to the original show, which confused NBC execs, so they gave showrunners Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont and original series director Martin Dennis the heave-ho, along with Kaplan's husband, Breckin Meyer (Melissa George had also been fired and replaced by Rena Sofer a month earlier) and Emily Rutherford, ''Cheers'' executive producer Phoef Sutton was subsequently brought in to redevelop the show.



* MissConception: Jane apparently believed that you couldn't get pregnant 'if you didn't really know the man'
* MissingEpisode: Only four out of ten episodes of the U.S. version aired on NBC before the show was cancelled. Though the remaining episodes did air in Europe, the original pilot for the U.S. version (which featured Melissa George as Susan) has never aired.

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* MissConception: Jane apparently believed that you couldn't get pregnant 'if you didn't really know the man'
* MissingEpisode: Only four out of ten episodes of the U.S. version aired on NBC before the show was cancelled. Though the remaining episodes did air in Europe, the original pilot for the U.S. version (which featured Melissa George as Susan) has never aired.
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* WordOfGod: Responding to a message board request, ''Coupling'' creator (and sole writer) Steven Moffat wrote a breakdown of the characters' lives several years after the fourth and final series. This gave Moffat the chance to write an "ending" for the character of Jeff, despite actor Richard Coyle leaving the previous year. Unfortunately, because the primary source (an old Series/DoctorWho forum called Outpost Gallifrey) has closed, TheOtherWiki wouldn't keep it on the show's page anymore because of lack of citation, so if it pleases the crowds, here is the text to be preserved for everyone to read:
--> "Sally said yes to Patrick, they got married and are very happy... especially as Sally beat Susan to the altar, and finally did something first. Patrick is now a completely devoted husband, who lives in total denial that he was anything other an upstanding member of the community. Or possibly he's actually forgotten. He doesn't like remembering things because it's a bit like thinking.

-->Jane and Oliver never actually did have sex, but they did become very good friends. They often rejoice together that their friendship is uncomplicated by any kind of sexual attraction - but they both get murderously jealous when the other is dating. Jane has a job at Oliver's science fiction book shop now - and since Oliver has that one moment of Naked Jane burnt on the inside of his eyelids, he now loses the place in one in every three sentences. People who know them well think something's gotta give - and they're right. Especially as Jane comes to work in a metal bikini.

-->Steve and Susan have two children now, and have [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis recently completed work on a sitcom about their early lives together]]. They're developing a new television project, but it keeps getting delayed as he insists on writing episodes of some old kids show they recently pulled out of mothballs. She gets very cross about this, and if he says "Yeah but check out the season poll!" one more time, he will not live to write another word.

-->Jeff is still abroad. He lives a life of complete peace and serenity now, having taken the precaution of not learning a word of the local language and therefore protecting himself from the consequences of his own special brand of communication. If any English speakers turn up, he pretends he only speaks Hebrew. He is, at this very moment, staring out to sea, and sighing happily every thirty-eight seconds.

-->What he doesn't know, of course, is that even now a beautiful Israeli girl he once met in a bar, is heading towards his apartment, having been directed to the only Hebrew speaker on the island. What he also doesn't know is that she is being driven by a young ex-pat English woman, who is still grieving the loss of a charming, one-legged Welshman she once met on a train. And he cannot possibly suspect that (owing to a laundry mix-up, and a stag party the previous night in the same block) he is wearing heat-dissolving trunks.

-->As the doorbell rings, it is best that we draw a veil."
* WriteWhoYouKnow: As implied in WordOfGod above, Steve and Susan are based on Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue.
17th Jan '15 3:16:15 AM eviltwin531
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** In fairness, the above alluded view on homosexuality was Jeff suggesting that: (paraphrased) "Sex is easier for gay men, because all of the masturbating men do in their lives turns out to be practice. All the while they have a 'practice kit' for the real thing, but straight men don't get any practice women". While this certainly IS a somewhat bizarre view, its perhaps not as offensive as it seems without details. It's also worth noting that this was supposed to be a drunken conversation, after a dozen pints very late in the evening and both of the guys are visibly drunk acting. Howard may well have been winding Sally up anyway, because she got really snarky about him being a Tory earlier in the scene.

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** In fairness, the above alluded view on homosexuality was Jeff suggesting that: (paraphrased) "Sex is easier for gay men, because all of the masturbating men do in their lives turns out to be practice. All the while they have a 'practice kit' for the real thing, but straight men don't get any practice women". While this certainly IS a somewhat bizarre view, its perhaps not as offensive as it seems without details. details (and he certainly wouldn't be the first person to say something to that effect.) It's also worth noting that this was supposed to be a drunken conversation, after a dozen pints very late in the evening and both of the guys are visibly drunk acting. Howard may well have been winding Sally up anyway, because she got really snarky about him being a Tory earlier in the scene.
19th Oct '14 2:49:22 PM WarriorsGate
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* MusicalPastiche: In the intro to Jane & Oliver's segment of the episode "Nine and a Half Minutes", shortly after Steve elaborates on "[[{{Film/Alien}} the John Hurt scene]]", the show's jazzy score quotes the eerie, echoing, siren-like {{Leitmotif}} from ''Alien(s)''.

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* MusicalPastiche: In the intro to Jane & Oliver's segment of the episode "Nine and a Half Minutes", shortly after Steve elaborates on "[[{{Film/Alien}} the John Hurt scene]]", the show's jazzy score quotes the eerie, echoing, siren-like {{Leitmotif}} from ''Alien(s)''.''Alien''.
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