- 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?
- 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.
- Cringe Comedy: The whole "Ted meets female author" storyline.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Mrs Doyle's 'profanity rant':
- Corpsing: Dermot Morgan nearly lost it when Pauline McLynn ad-libbed "ride me sideways was another one" hence him leaning forward to hide his face.
- 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!!
- Something Else Also Rises: Poor Ted. Polly's description of her sex life was too much for him.
- 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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