|Season Two, Episode Eight|
|Air date||22 October, 2001|
|Written by||Steven Moffat|
|Directed by||Martin Dennis|
The End of the Line
There is a Cupboard Incident between Julia and Jeff. They are both bad at asking each other out but end up confessing it to each other. Its Jeff's 30th birthday and his friends are organising a surprise party. Jeff ends up stripping in front of them by accident.
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Jeff has finally found his female counterpart, a woman who can’t help blurting out ridiculous things if she's attracted to someone. It seems that their mutual uselessness will prevent either of them from asking each other out. To make matters worse, Julia is a senior manager at his firm. After a sequence of typical Jeff blunders, he is in despair. Steve comes to the rescue and tells Julia that Jeff is in fact very keen on her.
Julia kisses Jeff and he thinks that his luck has at last changed. She leads him blindfolded into a conference room, and Jeff assumes that she has lured him there to have sex. He does an ecstatic strip tease. Unfortunately, Julia was leading him into his surprise birthday party. Everyone files out in mortified silence but Julia makes amends by doing a private striptease of her own for Jeff.
It’s hard to imagine a moment more embarrassing for all concerned than that in which Jeff’s mother says ‘Oh Jeffrey’, having witnessed her son doing an enthusiastic and imaginatively choreographed striptease in front of senior management, and indeed everyone else he knows.
- Jack Davenport as Steve Taylor
- Sarah Alexander as Susan Walker
- Richard Coyle as Jeff Murdock
- Kate Isitt as Sally Harper
- Ben Miles as Patrick Maitland
- Gina Bellman as Jane Christie