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Season One, Episode Four
Air date 2 June 2000
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Martin Dennis
Episode guide
Sex, Death and Nudity
The Girl with Two Breasts

Inferno is the fourth episode of the first season of Coupling. It aired on the 2 June, 2000.


Susan discovers a porn film, Lesbian Spank Inferno, in Steve’s VCR while Patrick has a new haircut. To avoid a confrontation, Steve tells Susan he loves her, which drives Jane to see her psychologist Jill, who is not interested in having her as her patient. Susan and Steve host a dinner party for Sally, Patrick, Jeff, Jane and Jane’s reluctant psychologist. Before dinner, Jeff and Patrick let slip that they know about the Inferno tape and Sally gives away that Susan has told the girls too, making dinner a very uncomfortable occasion for all. Patrick belives Jill and Jane are a couple and tries to convert her. On the other hand Jill thinks Patrick is gay and tries to convert him. The tape comes into the conversation and Steve ends up giving a speech. 

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Steve is plunged into total panic when he suspects that Susan has found one of his porn videos. To fill the embarrassing silence, he tells her he loves her, but Susan is well-aware that he was merely panicking.


Susan ready to spin an Inferno herself.

Susan invites all the friends over for a dinner party. Jane brings her therapist, Jill, who everyone assumes is there as Jane's date. In front of everyone, Susan insists that Steve justify his passion for the offending porn film, Lesbian Spank Inferno. In his impassioned defence of the male sex, Steve accidentally tells Susan that he really does love her.

Embarrassing Moments[]

This entire episode is one long embarrassing moment for Steve, culminating in his describing the plot of Lesbian Spank Inferno to an entire table of incredulous listeners.


Main cast[]

Supporting and guest cast[]

  • Elizabeth Marmur as Jill

Background information[]

  • "Inferno" would be redone for the US version as the unaired pilot.


The uncertainity of the length of Steve and Jane's relationship continues. In Flushed, it was 4 years, in Sex, Death & Nudity, it was 4.5 years, and in this episode, Jane claims it was 5 years while she's having wine with Susan & Sally.

In 2017, actually produced and released the pornographic film Lesbian Spank Inferno. It follows the plot described in this episode by Steve.

This is the first episode to feature one of Steve's speeches.