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June 04, 2005

By The Way

Season 4 of Coupling isn't nearly as bad as you all led me to believe. It's not stunningly good, but it's certainly enjoyable.

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Utterly pointless thing to post I know, but my best instance of Soho celebrity spotting to date was two of the women from Coupling. The one with really big eyes and the nutso one with brown hair.

Funny, they look smaller in real life.

Jeez, I'm really dragging down the tone of Ezra's blog...

Posted by: Name | Jun 4, 2005 8:34:26 PM

I got it on dvd but haven't had the chance to watch it. Other than Oliver trying way too hard to Jeff-lite, I enjoyed it. "Crazyness!"

Posted by: Colin | Jun 4, 2005 10:11:37 PM

I was too bad that Jeff left the show and I realize that they needed a comic relief, but Oliver was IMO, pretty lame. Although I guess his romance with Jane wasn't too bad. Season 4 had its moments, if you put it up against the beauty that was season 1 or 2, then season 4 is pretty crappy. I suppose this is the "West Wing" phenomemon.

Posted by: Greg | Jun 4, 2005 11:18:10 PM

Season 2 was the funniest comedy series I've ever seen. Season 4 was a disappointment.

I'd rate Season 1 as 8/10, Season 2 as 10/10, Season 3 as 7.5/10 and Season 4 as 6/10.

Posted by: Phoenician in a time of Romans | Jun 5, 2005 11:18:27 AM

OT
I hope you don't mind me interjecting this bit of humor, but this thread was a bit of fluff anyway so here goes:

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

GEORGE W. BUSH
We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or it is against us. There is no middle ground here.

AL GORE
I invented the chicken. I invented the road. Therefore, the chicken crossing the road represented the application of these two different functions of government in a new, reinvented way designed to bring
greater services to the American people.

RALPH NADER
The chicken's habitat on the original side of the road had been polluted by unchecked industrialist greed. The chicken did not reach the unspoiled habitat on the other side of the road because it was crushed by the wheels of a gas-guzzling SUV.

PAT BUCHANAN
To steal a job from a decent, hard-working American.

RUSH LIMBAUGH
I don't know why the chicken crossed the road, but I'll bet it was getting a government grant to cross the road, and I'll bet someone out there is already forming a support group to help chickens with
crossing-the-road syndrome. Can you believe this? How much more of this can real Americans take? Chickens crossing the road paid for by their tax dollars, and when I say tax dollars, I'm talking about your money, money the government took from you to build roads for chickens to cross.

MARTHA STEWART
No one called to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the farmer's market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

JERRY FALWELL
Because the chicken was gay! Isn't it obvious? Can't you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the "other side." That's what they call it -- the other side. Yes, my friends, that Chicken is gay. And, if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like "the other side."

DR. SEUSS
Did the chicken cross the road?
Did he cross it with a toad?
Yes, The chicken crossed the road,
But why it crossed, I've not been told!

ERNEST HEMINGWAY
To die. In the rain. Alone.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

GRANDPA
In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS
Isn't that interesting? In a few moments we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting and went on to accomplish its life-long dream of crossing the road.

JOHN LENNON
Imagine all the chickens crossing roads in peace.

ARISTOTLE
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

KARL MARX
It was a historical inevitability.

SADDAM HUSSEIN
This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.

VOLTAIRE
I may not agree with what the chicken did, but I will defend to the death its right to do it.

RONALD REAGAN
What chicken?

CAPTAIN KIRK
To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

FOX MULDER
You saw it cross the road with your own eyes! How many more chickens have to cross before you believe it?

SIGMUND FREUD
The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

BILL GATES
I have just released eChicken 2003, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook - and Internet Explorer is an inextricable part of eChicken.

ALBERT EINSTEIN
Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?

BILL CLINTON
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What do you mean by chicken? Could you define chicken, please?

THE BIBLE
And God came down from the heavens, and He said unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.

COLONEL SANDERS
I missed one?

Posted by: Robert Zimmerman | Jun 5, 2005 1:12:19 PM

I dunno, Ezra. Replacing the best character with the worst character wasn't a great move on the writer's part. You should move on to Arrested Development next for some quality American comedy this time.

Posted by: J. Puckett | Jun 5, 2005 1:21:08 PM

J. Puckett, I think that Oliver COULD have been a decent replacement for Jeff except the writers replaced Jeff with a parodied verison of Jeff. Though Richard Mylan started to right the ship a bit towards the end of the season.

Posted by: Greg | Jun 5, 2005 1:51:08 PM

They shouldn't have replaced Jeff at all.

Posted by: antid_oto | Jun 5, 2005 6:57:15 PM

(By the way, yes, I know Richard Coyle left the show. I just mean they should have left it at 5 main characters then and not tried to shoehorn in another 6th.)

Posted by: antid_oto | Jun 5, 2005 6:59:03 PM

Actually, a friend of mine wrote the BBC to complain about season 4, and got back a letter saying there would be no further seasons of the show unless they could lure Coyle back. So somebody there knew Oliver was no replacement for Jeff.

Posted by: antid_oto | Jun 5, 2005 7:04:25 PM

So somebody there knew Oliver was no replacement for Jeff.

That somebody being Steven Moffatt, most likely (who wrote a couple of the recent series of Dr. Who, incidentally...) And if you haven't seen Moffatt's Press Gang (which broke Julia 'Saffy' Sawahla among others), you're missing out.

If a massive whip-round is required to bring back Richard Coyle, my money's in the pot.

Posted by: ahem | Jun 5, 2005 8:52:26 PM

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Posted by: peter.w | Sep 16, 2007 10:45:01 PM

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