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Recap / Father Ted S 2 E 11 A Christmassy Ted

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  • Affectionate Parody: The escape from the lingerie department turns into a war film pastiche.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: We're meant to laugh at Dougal for thinking that Terry Wogan is a nickname. Wogan's actual first name is Michael. His mother started calling him Terry to differentiate him from his father who was also called Michael.
  • Artistic License – Religion: In this episode there's a mass on TV in St. Martin's Cathedral, Dublin. Dublin has no Catholic cathedrals note  and neither of the Protestant ones are named after St. Martin.
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  • Berserk Button: Calling Ted the second-best priest in Ireland.
  • Blatant Lies: The bishop who calls from Rome to tell Ted he has won the Golden Cleric says the Vatican is too "strapped for cash" to offer a cash reward. All while he puffs a cigar in the middle of a nightclub full of clergy.
    • Dougal claims he was up in the middle of the night to carry the milk around.
  • The Bore: Father Fitzgerald is not boring in himself but has a voice so boring others lose interest before he can even finish speaking.
  • Call-Back: If you listen carefully in the scene where Dougal talks over Ted, you can hear him saying that he's going to feed Sampras. Sampras was his pet rabbit in The Plague.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Cringe Comedy:
    • The scene with Unctious in his pants.
    • Also the lingerie department incident.
  • Cold Ham: Father Fitzgerald.
  • Curse Cut Short: An unusual non-verbal one. Jack is spelling out rude words with kids blocks but we cut away before he completes F-CK.
    • Ted stops mid-sentence when talking about a baby sucking milk from its mother's breast.
  • Doorstop Baby: Ted finds one but the mother comes back realising she left it at the wrong house. Ted laments about the escapades they could have had while trying to look after it.
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  • Driving a Desk: During the shot of Larry Duff skiing, the background looks like it was an obvious blue screen shot.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: When Dougal claims to be Ted and that Ted is Dougal, Ted accidentally says "No, I'm Dougal. He's Ted".
  • Embarrassing Damp Sheets: In his speech, Ted rants about Father Barry Kieran who would pour water over Ted's bedsheets back in priest school.
    • The priest that Todd stole his clothes from said that Ted used to wet the bed back in school.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: When everyone falls asleep from the Latin mass, Jack switches over to a Director's Cut of Jurassic Park with extra dinosaurs.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Dougal fails to notice Father Todd dangling from the living room ceiling mere inches from his face. He's too distracted by the "scary film":
  • Fan Disservice: Todd Unctious, middle-aged and paunchy, in his grey pants.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Dougal officiates a funeral which somehow turns into a blazing hearse crashing into the grave and exploding.
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  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Ted: Tea-riffic, bloody Hell Dougal.
  • Job-Stealing Robot: Ted buys Mrs. Doyle a tea-making machine for Christmas, naturally she hates it but ends up admitting it to him at the end.
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Ted refuses to let Dougal stay up to watch a horror film because the last time a movie scared him, he had to sleep in bed with Ted. It's implied that the last movie that scared Dougal was a Herbie movie.
  • Large Ham: One of the Priests escaping from the lingerie department offers his booming voice for use on the tannoy. When Father Fitzgerald reminds him they need a dull voice, he apologises profusely for interrupting.
  • No Indoor Voice: Jack and Father Reilly.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The Scottish bishop calling from Rome says he needs to lie low for a while and that "she's going to write a bloody book about it", implying some sort of scandal.
    • Also the funeral Dougal did, which was a rare visual version.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Todd shows Ted his groin scar and gives him a Christmas hug after entering their room in just his pants.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Eight priests wandering around Ireland's biggest lingerie section because most of them wandered in by mistake and can't get out. Or at least, Ted and Dougal did; the other six give Suspiciously Specific Denials when questioned as to how they got there, which Ted naturally believes, no questions asked.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ted goes into full panic mode when he learns Dougal is doing a funeral.
    Father Ted: DOUGAL'S DOING A FUNERAL?! YOU LET DOUGAL DO A FUNERAL?!
  • Rapid-Fire Name Guessing: Mrs Doyle. Descends into a hurricane of Inherently Funny Words:
    Mrs Doyle: Father Andy Riley.
    Priest: No.
    Mrs Doyle: Father Desmond Coyle. (priest shakes head) Father George Byrne? Father David Nicholson? Father Declan Lynch?
    Priest: I'll give you a clue.
    Mrs Doyle: NO CLUES! I'll get it in a second. Father Ken Sweeney? Father Neil Hannon? Father Keith Cullen? Father Ciaran Donnelly? Father Mick McEvoy? Father Jack White? (fade out and back in; Mrs Doyle still guessing) Father Henry Bigbigging? Father Hank Tree? Father Hiroshima Twinkie? Father Stig Bubblecard? Father Johnny Hellzapoppin’? Father Luke Duke? Father Billy Ferry? Father Chewy Louie? Father John Hoop? Father Hairycake Linehan? Father Rabulah Conundrum? Father Peewee Stairmaster? Father Jemima Ractoole? Father Jerry Twig? Father Spodo Komodo? Father Cannabranna Lammer? Father Todd Unctious?
    Priest: YES!
  • Shaped Like Itself: How Mrs Doyle describes the tea-making process:
    "Perching an optional Jaffa Cake on the side, like a proud soldier, standing to attention besides a giant...cup of tea."
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: As above when Ted learns Dougal is doing a funeral.
  • Troll: Two jokers call the priest helpline while Ted is trying to use it.
  • Unwanted Gift Plot: Ted getting Mrs. Doyle the TeaMaster machine.
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