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Sex, Death and Nudity
Season One, Episode Three
Air date 26 May 2000
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Martin Dennis
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Sex, Death and Nudity is the third episode of the first season of Coupling. It aired on the 26 of May, 2000.


While giving Jeff advice on preparing for an interview, Patrick recommends imagining the panel naked, which Jeff begins to practice. Jeff introduces Patrick and Steve to the Giggle Loop. Steve is persuaded to attend Jane’s Auntie’s funeral, but Jane hasn’t told her family the pair have split up. Susan won’t let Steve go alone, and Steve asks Jeff to pretend to be Susan’s boyfriend, beginning a chain of request that sees all six at the funeral.

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When her aunt dies, Jane insists that Steve comes with her to the funeral. So far, so good, until Jane adds that this would be a bad time to tell her family that they've split up. Understandably, Susan won’t let Steve go unless she comes too, so that she can keep an eye on them. She brings Patrick as her date


Patrick at the Funeral.

, Patrick brings Sally, and Jeff comes too on the grounds that he’s the only one who actually knew the deceased.

Paranoia about inappropriate behaviour ensues, until Jane breaks the tension by laughing during the minute’s silence.

Meanwhile, Jeff fights interview nerves by imagining everyone naked. This backfires somewhat when he walks confidently into his interview, only to be confronted by his reflection in a mirror - naked.

Embarrassing Moments[]

Steve having to hide his erection behind a stack of buffet plates at the funeral, while the vicar attempts to comfort him in his "distress".


Giggle Loop


Main cast[]

Supporting and guest cast[]

  • Nigel Betts as Neighbour
  • Adam Astill as Barman
  • Simon Bateso as Michael
  • Gwenllian Davies as Aunt Muriel
  • Katharine Page as Agatha
  • Jeremy Peters as Undertaker
  • Brian Shelley as Vicar

Background information[]

  • "Sex, Death and Nudity" would be redone as the second episode of the US version, which was also titled "Sex, Death and Nudity".
  • When the guys are "playing" Reservoir Dogs it is a reference to the opening of the Quentin Tarantino film by the same name.


  • At the funeral home, Jane & Steve agree that they went out for 4.5 years, even though in Flushed, the length of time quoted was 4 years.
  • When the gang is driving to the funeral, Steve's driver's seat is on the left side, while in most cars in Great Britain the driver's seat is located on the right side.
  • When Jane shows up at Steve's door, the way she's holding her tissue gives impression that she's giving the finger to Steve (possibly intentional).