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** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back ''Series/DoctorWho''". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance... even better, Jack Davenport's wife played TheMaster.

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** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back ''Series/DoctorWho''". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance... even better, Jack Davenport's wife Creator/MichelleGomez played TheMaster.



* SeasonalRot: Some believe the show went off the rails at the start of the fourth series, when Richard Coyle quit, Richard Mylan proved an inadequate replacement, and the Patrick-Sally relationship began to receive too much emphasis. Others believe the real rot began in the third series, where the laughs seemed more predictable and less spontaneous than before. Geoffrey Perkins leaving the BBC in 2001 (he was once described as an "enormous influence" by the ''Series/FatherTed'' writers) may have had something to do with this.
* TheWoobie: Jeff.

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* SeasonalRot: Some believe the show went off the rails at the start of the fourth series, when Richard Coyle quit, Richard Mylan proved an inadequate replacement, and the Patrick-Sally relationship began to receive too much emphasis. Others believe the real rot began in the third series, where the laughs seemed more predictable and less spontaneous than before. Geoffrey Perkins leaving the BBC Creator/TheBBC in 2001 (he was once described as an "enormous influence" by the ''Series/FatherTed'' writers) may have had something to do with this.
* TheWoobie: Jeff.Jeff.
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** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back ''Series/DoctorWho''". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance... even better, Jack Davenport's wife currently plays TheMaster.

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** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back ''Series/DoctorWho''". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance... even better, Jack Davenport's wife currently plays played TheMaster.



* InformedAttribute: Jeff and Jane are the designated weirdos there, but the others are just as eccentric.
** Patrick's penis is obviously never seen, but according to everybody it's ''huge.''


* NiceMeanAndInbetween:
** Jane and Jeff are nice. While Jeff is a socially inept {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and Jane is an eccentric AttentionWhore, both are actually very sweet and typically kind if a bit blunt. Hapless nerd Oliver also eventually falls into this category.
** Sally and Patrick are mean. Patrick is often oafish and rude, treats women like playthings, and has ''very'' low emotional intelligence, while Sally is incredibly catty and superficial and snaps at people at the slightest provocation.
** Steve and Susan are in between. Steve has his moments of surly, aggressive behavior and Susan can be an emotionally manipulative control freak, but both are capable, grounded people who care about their friends and are committed to making their relationship work.


* ButtMonkey:
** ''Jeff''. Most egregiously, in one episode he does a blindfolded striptease in front of all of his friends, family, and coworkers because he thinks he's alone in a room with a woman he likes. ''And nobody thinks to tell him until he's completely naked.''
** Steve is this the few times he spectacularly blows his cool and goes on an epic rant that usually features him admitting rather some rather embarrassing details about himself.
** Averted with Jane. While she frequently winds up in embarrassing situations (getting caught naked in an apartment that's not her own, talking favorably about sex before marriage and insulting Christianity in front of a Christian group), she completely lacks awareness of this--in fact she often seems to rather enjoy them.


** Steve is this the few times he spectacularly blows his cool and goes on an EpicRant that usually features him admitting rather some rather embarrassing details about himself.

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** Steve is this the few times he spectacularly blows his cool and goes on an EpicRant epic rant that usually features him admitting rather some rather embarrassing details about himself.


** Jane often winds up in embarrassing situations, but her lack of self-awareness of the embarrassment keeps her from truly being this.

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** Jane often Steve is this the few times he spectacularly blows his cool and goes on an EpicRant that usually features him admitting rather some rather embarrassing details about himself.
** Averted with Jane. While she frequently
winds up in embarrassing situations, but situations (getting caught naked in an apartment that's not her lack own, talking favorably about sex before marriage and insulting Christianity in front of self-awareness a Christian group), she completely lacks awareness of the embarrassment keeps her from truly being this.this--in fact she often seems to rather enjoy them.

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** Patrick's penis is obviously never seen, but according to everybody it's ''huge.''
* NiceMeanAndInbetween:
** Jane and Jeff are nice. While Jeff is a socially inept {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and Jane is an eccentric AttentionWhore, both are actually very sweet and typically kind if a bit blunt. Hapless nerd Oliver also eventually falls into this category.
** Sally and Patrick are mean. Patrick is often oafish and rude, treats women like playthings, and has ''very'' low emotional intelligence, while Sally is incredibly catty and superficial and snaps at people at the slightest provocation.
** Steve and Susan are in between. Steve has his moments of surly, aggressive behavior and Susan can be an emotionally manipulative control freak, but both are capable, grounded people who care about their friends and are committed to making their relationship work.

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* ButtMonkey:
** ''Jeff''. Most egregiously, in one episode he does a blindfolded striptease in front of all of his friends, family, and coworkers because he thinks he's alone in a room with a woman he likes. ''And nobody thinks to tell him until he's completely naked.''
** Jane often winds up in embarrassing situations, but her lack of self-awareness of the embarrassment keeps her from truly being this.


* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jeff.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jeff. He's more or less the third main character, but far and away the most memorable.

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* OneSceneWonder: Jane's Aunt Muriel in "Sex Death and Nudity."


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Jane really a desperate AttentionWhore, or is she more of a {{Troll}} that does what she does for [[ItAmusedMe the entertainment value]]? There are moments when she almost seems aware that what she is doing is ridicules.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The Israeli woman Jeff tries to talk to at the bar speaks a middle class sociolect of Hebrew. In RealLife, she would be at least partially proficient in English and hold a basic conversation, and would struggle to understand Jeff’s Welsh accent, not the English dialogue itself.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Jane really a desperate AttentionWhore, or is she more of a {{Troll}} that does what she does for [[ItAmusedMe the entertainment value]]? There are moments when she almost seems aware that what she is doing is ridicules.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The Israeli woman Jeff tries to talk to at the bar speaks a middle class sociolect of Hebrew. In RealLife, she would be at least partially proficient in English and hold a basic conversation, and would struggle to understand Jeff’s Welsh accent, not the English dialogue itself.
ridiculous.



* FridgeLogic: Which leads to a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}. During the episode "Inferno," after Jane's very vague grasp of what vegetarianism is, we get this exchange between her and her therapist at dinner:
-->'''Jill:''' A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, you insane '''bitch.'''\\

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* FridgeLogic: Which leads to a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}. Moment|s}}.
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During the episode "Inferno," after Jane's very vague grasp of what vegetarianism is, we get this exchange between her and her therapist at dinner:
-->'''Jill:''' --->'''Jill:''' A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, you insane '''bitch.'''\\



-->'''Jill''': We agreed two months ago to end your therapy, it was going nowhere.
-->'''Jane''': I thought that was just an exercise to help me cope with rejection!
-->'''Jill''': No, that ''was'' rejection.
* HilariousInHindsight[=/=]HarsherInHindsight: During series 4, while Susan is coping with her pregnancy, the very vain Sally is very uncomfortable with the whole process. She mentioned in "Nightlines" how she doesn't really want a child, and mentioned how unsettling she finds it. In "Circus of the Epidurals," whenever Susan goes into detail about the actual birth, Sally ''faints'' and goes to her "safe place." When you learn that Kate Isitt (Sally) was actually pregnant during Series 4, it either becomes a hilarious in-joke from the people behind the scenes, or becomes unsettling to watch a pregnant woman face the gruesome truth about what's going to happen to her head-on.

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-->'''Jill''': --->'''Jill''': We agreed two months ago to end your therapy, it was going nowhere.
-->'''Jane''': --->'''Jane''': I thought that was just an exercise to help me cope with rejection!
-->'''Jill''': --->'''Jill''': No, that ''was'' rejection.
* HilariousInHindsight[=/=]HarsherInHindsight: FunnyAneurysmMoment: Jeff claiming his girlfriend Julia is dead is a lot less funny and way more depressing when her actress died of cancer two years after the show ended.
* HilariousInHindsight:
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During series 4, while Susan is coping with her pregnancy, the very vain Sally is very uncomfortable with the whole process. She mentioned in "Nightlines" how she doesn't really want a child, and mentioned how unsettling she finds it. In "Circus of the Epidurals," whenever Susan goes into detail about the actual birth, Sally ''faints'' and goes to her "safe place." When you learn that Kate Isitt (Sally) was actually pregnant during Series 4, it either becomes a hilarious in-joke from the people behind the scenes, or becomes unsettling to watch a pregnant woman face the gruesome truth about what's going to happen to her head-on.



** A rather depressing example, but Jeff claiming his girlfriend Julia is dead is a lot less funny and way more depressing when this troper found out that her actress died of cancer two years after the show ended.
** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back ''Series/DoctorWho''". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance...
*** Jack Davenport's wife currently plays TheMaster.

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** A rather depressing example, but Jeff claiming his girlfriend Julia is dead is a lot less funny and way more depressing when this troper found out that her actress died of cancer two years after the show ended.
** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back ''Series/DoctorWho''". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance...
***
appearance... even better, Jack Davenport's wife currently plays TheMaster.



* SeasonalRot: Some believe the show went off the rails at the start of the fourth series, when Richard Coyle quit, Richard Mylan proved an inadequate replacement, and the Patrick-Sally relationship began to receive too much emphasis.
** It's arguable that the real rot began in the third series, where the laughs seemed more predictable and less spontaneous than before. Geoffrey Perkins leaving the BBC in 2001 (he was once described as an "enormous influence" by the ''Series/FatherTed'' writers) may have had something to do with this.

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* SeasonalRot: Some believe the show went off the rails at the start of the fourth series, when Richard Coyle quit, Richard Mylan proved an inadequate replacement, and the Patrick-Sally relationship began to receive too much emphasis.
** It's arguable that
emphasis. Others believe the real rot began in the third series, where the laughs seemed more predictable and less spontaneous than before. Geoffrey Perkins leaving the BBC in 2001 (he was once described as an "enormous influence" by the ''Series/FatherTed'' writers) may have had something to do with this.


* TheWoobie: Jeff.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The US remake is generally considered inferior, but when Patrick's political stance is discussed, making him a Republican and a UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush supporter is actually a pretty nice (and in-character) touch. However it kills Sally's breakdown, as a big part of what broke her was being told that Labour was in charge, while the Tories were now the revolutionaries.
** In the first episode, Jane's use of stockings to seduce Steve is turned into not wearing underwear. Even if they do mangle some perfectly good sentences by simply changing the word 'stockings' to 'no panties'.

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* TheWoobie: Jeff. \n* {{Woolseyism}}: The US remake is generally considered inferior, but when Patrick's political stance is discussed, making him a Republican and a UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush supporter is actually a pretty nice (and in-character) touch. However it kills Sally's breakdown, as a big part of what broke her was being told that Labour was in charge, while the Tories were now the revolutionaries. \n** In the first episode, Jane's use of stockings to seduce Steve is turned into not wearing underwear. Even if they do mangle some perfectly good sentences by simply changing the word 'stockings' to 'no panties'.


** It's arguable that the real rot began in the third series, where the laughs seemed more predictable and less spontaneous than before. Geoffrey Perkins leaving the BBC in 2001 (he was once described as an "enormous influence" by the ''Father Ted'' writers) may have had something to do with this.

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** It's arguable that the real rot began in the third series, where the laughs seemed more predictable and less spontaneous than before. Geoffrey Perkins leaving the BBC in 2001 (he was once described as an "enormous influence" by the ''Father Ted'' ''Series/FatherTed'' writers) may have had something to do with this.


* HilariousInHindsight / HarsherInHindsight: During series 4, while Susan is coping with her pregnancy, the very vain Sally is very uncomfortable with the whole process. She mentioned in "Nightlines" how she doesn't really want a child, and mentioned how unsettling she finds it. In "Circus of the Epidurals," whenever Susan goes into detail about the actual birth, Sally ''faints'' and goes to her "safe place." When you learn that Kate Isitt (Sally) was actually pregnant during Series 4, it either becomes a hilarious in-joke from the people behind the scenes, or becomes unsettling to watch a pregnant woman face the gruesome truth about what's going to happen to her head-on.
** Steve including Series/{{D|octorWho}}aleks among the things sofas are designed to protect from, given Stephen Moffat's later career.

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* HilariousInHindsight / HarsherInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight[=/=]HarsherInHindsight: During series 4, while Susan is coping with her pregnancy, the very vain Sally is very uncomfortable with the whole process. She mentioned in "Nightlines" how she doesn't really want a child, and mentioned how unsettling she finds it. In "Circus of the Epidurals," whenever Susan goes into detail about the actual birth, Sally ''faints'' and goes to her "safe place." When you learn that Kate Isitt (Sally) was actually pregnant during Series 4, it either becomes a hilarious in-joke from the people behind the scenes, or becomes unsettling to watch a pregnant woman face the gruesome truth about what's going to happen to her head-on.
** Steve including Series/{{D|octorWho}}aleks [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks]] among the things sofas are designed to protect from, given Stephen Moffat's Creator/StevenMoffat's later career.



** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back Doctor Who". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance...
** Jack Davenport's wife currently plays the Master on ''Doctor Who''.

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** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back Doctor Who".''Series/DoctorWho''". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance...
** *** Jack Davenport's wife currently plays the Master on ''Doctor Who''.TheMaster.



* {{Woolseyism}}: The US remake is generally considered inferior, but when Patrick's political stance is discussed, making him a Republican and a George W. Bush supporter is actually a pretty nice (and in-character) touch. However it kills Sally's breakdown, as a big part of what broke her was being told that Labour was in charge, while the Tories were now the revolutionaries.

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* {{Woolseyism}}: The US remake is generally considered inferior, but when Patrick's political stance is discussed, making him a Republican and a George W. Bush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush supporter is actually a pretty nice (and in-character) touch. However it kills Sally's breakdown, as a big part of what broke her was being told that Labour was in charge, while the Tories were now the revolutionaries.


* FreudWasRight: The whole show - note the fact that we've just listed every single trope with "Freud" in it.
** Jane's "Jake the Snake" puppet:
-->'''Sally:''' Oh my god, it's a penis!

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