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My Dinner in Hell
Season Two, Episode Two
Air date 10 September, 2001
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Martin Dennis
Episode guide
The Man with Two Legs
Her Best Friend's Bottom

My Dinner in Hell is the second episode of the second season of Coupling. It aired on the 10 September, 2001.


Steve and Susan have Susan's parents over for dinner and a misunderstanding over 'Whistling alone' makes the dinner a hell. Steve meets Mariella Frostrup and accidentally drops his phone. Jane believing the phone to be Sally's puts in Mariella's pocket to later be-friend her. This creates confusion when Susan calls the number. Meanwhile Jeff and Patrick discover the 'Junior Patrick' which gets gifted to Susan's mother by mistake.

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Steve and Susan are watching a documentary on telly, and the narrator says that all men masturbate, even if they are in a stable relationship. This sends Steve into a new realm of embarrassment.

Susan’s parents, who are notoriously frank in discussing matters of a sexual nature, arrive for supper. In his paranoia, Steve imagines that they are taunting him about his masturbatory habits, and furiously asks them to leave.

Meanwhile, Patrick has tracked down a vibrator that an old girlfriend modelled on his own member. He presents a gift-wrapped copy to Steve, who then innocently passes it on to Susan’s Mum as a peace offering.

Embarrassing Moments[]

Steve mistakenly blurts out to Susan’s parents that seeing his right hand naked makes him feel aroused.


Main cast[]

Supporting and guest cast[]

  • Mariella Frostrup as Herself
  • Wanda Ventham as Edna Walker
  • James Woolley as Robert Walker
  • Nick Moorcroft as TV presenter
  • Wendy Wason as Sex shop assistant #1
  • Samuel Barnett as Sex shop assistant #2


  • Patrick's having a large penis is the basis for a lot of jokes on the show, yet the actual size is never really mentioned. However, according to the packing of the "Junior Patrick", a vibrator made in the image of Patrick's penis by one of his former girlfriends, it is supposed to be at least 10 inches.
  • During the masturbation discussion, Jeff reminisces: "you're shaking the caravan, Jeffrey!". At the porn store, we hear that there's a whole shipment to go to "Caravan Shaker".
  • The quote that they use in this episode is from a movie called "To Have and Have Not.", and is spoken by Lauren Bacall to Bogie.
  • The above quote is on AFI's list of 100 movie quotes, it is ranked number 34. : You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.