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Recap / Father Ted S 1 E 5 And God Created Women

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  • Accidental Misnaming: Polly Clarke signs Ted's book to 'Father Curley'. The name sticks.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After Mrs Doyle goes on about profanity, she finishes with something that technically has no profanity, but is still adult-age-rating-inducing because of its sexual implications:
    Mrs Doyle: 'Ride me sideways' was another one!
  • Ax-Crazy: Tom, as usual. He robs a post office in one scene:
    Ted: Are you up to your old tricks again, Tom?
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  • Call-Back: Ted putting The Commitments on the shelf. The film of the book was referenced in Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest and the author Roddy Doyle was mentioned in Hell.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Mrs Doyle's 'profanity rant':
  • Corpsing: Mrs. Doyle lists off vulgar turns of phrase in a certain author's books. After Ted escorts her out, she calls through the door "'Ride me sideways', was another one!" This was unscripted, and Dermot Morgan is evidently trying his hardest not to lose it.
  • Cringe Comedy: The whole "Ted meets female author" storyline.
  • Downer Ending: Graham Linehan called the episode "terribly sad", stating that Ted should really be married to Polly, while Arthur Mathews acknowledged that they would probably get on quite well as a couple.
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  • Hypocritical Humor: Mrs Doyle and profanity.
  • Motor Mouth: Mrs Doyle gets a little carried away with her examples of profanity until Ted physically pushes her out of the room.
  • Mutual Envy: Polly Clarke and Ted express envy for each other's lifestyle.
  • Serious Business: The nuns insist that nothing is more important than saying Mass.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    Jack: Nuns! Nuns! Reverse! Reverse! Reverse!!
  • Shout-Out:
    • The scene where Ted gets picked up by Tom was inspired by Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. In one scene, Thunderbolt is picked up by a crazed car driver who opens the back of his truck to reveal a group of rabbits, which he then shoots; this character inspired the Tom character.
    • The car's sudden approach is an homage to a scene where Lancelot suddenly attacks a guard in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Poor Ted. Polly's description of her sex life was too much for him.
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  • This Is Reality: Ted, in defence of the profanity in Polly Clarke's books.
  • T-Word Euphemism: This being Father Ted, they have to clarify:
    Mrs Doyle: The bad f-word. Worse than "feck".


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