This episode begins with a self-referential mock title sequence with the words "Father Ted" replaced by "Father Ben", which then cuts to Dougal sitting in front of the television shouting excitedly to Ted that the programme is starting. Each comments on the spoof character representing themselves, Dougal saying that Brendan is "such an eejit" and Ted making fun of Ben for being "a big thicko". The original Father Ted titles follow.
Dougal gets a pet rabbit which, after much deliberation, he calls Sampras. Meanwhile, Jack has acquired a habit of sleepwalking naked, and Bishop Brennan is set to visit after the nude, sleepwalking Jack frightens one of Brennan's friends and his family. Unfortunately, the Bishop has a fear of rabbits brought on by a bad experience he once had with some in a lift, and Ted and Dougal must get Sampras out of the way before he visits. They fail, and the situation is exacerbated as a whole army of rabbits appears in the parochial house, apparently from nowhere.
Ted and Dougal then resort to desperate measures to hide the army of rabbits, such as hiding them at the local greyhound track, giving them to their accident-prone friend Father Larry Duff (who's now bought some Rottweiler dogs) and giving them to Tom the psychopath, all to no avail. The Bishop soon arrives, when Mrs. Doyle ruins his car engine and Ted talks to him and shows him the security arrangements for Jack (which involve razor wire around his bed and a straitjacket suit). In the conversation, the Bishop notices a rabbit hutch on the floor, rabbit poo on the carpet and Mrs. Doyle walking in with some lettuce, all of which prompt the Bishop to go to bed.
Ted and Dougal soon realize the rabbit army is convening in the spare bedroom (where Brennan is sleeping), and have to tiptoe in to get the rabbits out and into Jack's room. The Bishop wakes up, to find himself surrounded by rabbits and Jack sleeping in his bed. Ted tells Bishop Brennan that he is only having a "bad dream", and the Bishop lays back down to sleep - only to wake up again seconds later loudly screaming.
Tropes featured in this episode:
- Absurd Phobia: Rabbits, to Brennan.
- Ambiguously Bi: Jack ends up in Brennan's bed after sleep-walking in the nip.
- Artistic License Animal Care: Generally avoided, but it looks like the cage with the lettuce in it is too small for a rabbit.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Occurs at the end of the first phone call between Ted and Brennan in the beginning.Brennan: Crilly, it's me, Bishop Brennan.Ted: Oh, feck! (Realises what he just said)Brennan: WHAT?!Ted: (In a very French accent) 'Oo is dis? Zere is no Crilly 'ere.
- Bad Liar: Ted when pretending to be a Frenchman
- Beyond the Impossible: Rabbits, of all things, travel out of a room faster than anyone can react.
- Blatant Lies:
- Ted claims the rabbit poo on the carpet is caviar. A catering expert would tell you that caviar should be served on a plate, not on the floor.
- Also Ted's attempt to cover his ass for saying "Feck" to Bishop Brennan by saying it was a crossed line.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Implied. Dougal claims one of the rabbits looks like Harvey Keitel.
- Comically Missing the Point:Dougal: Ted! Did Len find the rabbits?!Brennan: What did he just say?!Ted: Ah, I can explain...Brennan: Did he call me Len again!? (goes to the top of the stairs) You address me by my proper title, you little bollocks.
- Cringe Comedy
- Delayed Reaction: Brennan to the sight of the rabbits and to the fact that Jack is in bed with him.
- Didn't Think This Through: You'd think that when Ted and Dougal went into Jack's room at the end of the story, that one of them would stand at the door in the event of Jack getting up and starting to sleepwalk. Instead both of them walked beyond the door.
- Double Take: Done for laughs in the second of the rabbits-in-the-living-room scenes.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: When Ted offers Tom the chance to 'take care' of the rabbits, he was using the term for showing love and affection, not the Deadly Euphemism that Tom thought he was using.
- Epic Fail: Keeping all evidence of the rabbits out of the sight of a leporiphobic bishop should be simple, but when there's a dumbass group in the house, all bets are off.
- Failed a Spot Check: It takes Ted a few minutes before he realises the living room is full of rabbits.
- "Fawlty Towers" Plot: Ted tries not to let Brennan see the rabbits, but the other inhabitants of the house come close to ruining it on him, mostly accidentally and/or unwittingly. The one who ends up doing so is Jack.
- I Will Rip Off Your Arms: At the end of their phone conversation, Brennan threatens this to Ted if Ted ever tries to tell him such blatant lies again.
- Implausible Deniability: When Ted is telling Brennan that he's having a 'bad dream', he and Dougal are clearly holding rabbits.
- Insane Troll Logic: "Rabbits, tennis; you get the connection?"
- Naked People Are Funny: Father Jack seems to find great joy in his somnabulant exhibitionism.
- Noodle Incident/Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: "They nibbled me cape and everything!"
- Oddball in the Series
- Offscreen Teleportation: "The rabbits are all gone!"
- Pet the Dog: Despite his contempt for Ted, Brennan shows genuine concern when the latter falls down the stairs - which was staged, of course.
- Self-Deprecation: "Father Ben".
- Stock Animal Diet: Lettuce for the rabbits.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "You may have had the wrong number there".
- We Named the Monkey "Jack": Zigzagged. Dougal wants to name the rabbit after one of the other parochial house inhabitants, but repeatedly gets shot down. After the name "Flipper" is suggested, he ends up calling him "Sampras".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Sampras is never seen again after this episode.
- With Catlike Tread: While Ted is trying not to mention rabbits to the Bishop in the living room, Mrs. Doyle comes in holding lettuce and calling for the rabbits. On top of that, Dougal hides the rabbits in the Bishop's bedroom thinking it was the last place he'd find them, even though it was really one of the more obvious places to spot them.