Absolutely Fabulous: Series 3 (1995)

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Air date: Mar 30, 1995

Edina (Jennifer Saunders) becomes an over-scheduled mess when a computer organizer seizes control of her life. Obsessed with checking things off her list, she is unable to accomplish anything -- not even the refurbishment of her kitchen, which was burned down by friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley) in the previous episode, Absolutely Fabulous: Birth. Saffron (Julia Sawalha) berates her mother for her inability to focus, but the girl is so testy that it seems something else must be bothering her. Self-centered Eddy, however, doesn't notice; she's too busy breaking free of her digital shackles and contemplating the perfect door handle for her dream kitchen. A typical lunch run with Pats soon leads the would-be redecorator on a shopping trip that will take her around the world thanks to the supersonic power of the Concord jet. Originally broadcast on BBC 1 on March 30, 1995, Absolutely Fabulous: Door Handle marked series three, episode one of this popular Brit-com. The international scenes were shot on location in New York, a scenario that would be repeated several episodes later in Absolutely Fabulous: The End.

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Air date: Apr 6, 1995

Edina (Jennifer Saunders), Patsy (Joanna Lumley), Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Saffron (Julia Sawalha), and Mother (June Whitfield) prepare for their respective New Year's festivities; Eddy and Pats plan to hit a Frankie Knuckles party while the others settle in for a night in front of the telly. Amidst a visit from Eddy's ex, Justin (Christopher Malcolm), and his boyfriend, Oliver (Gary Beadle), another newcomer arrives: none other than Jackie (Kate O'Mara), the long-lost sister whose glamour, beauty, and appetite for drugs awe Patsy. Alternately catty and convivial, Jackie delights Justin and Oliver, insults Saffy and Eddy, and mystifies Patsy, who can't believe her sister doesn't want to party with her. Before long, ulterior motives surface, and Pats must face not only her sister's advanced age, but her own. Originally broadcast on BBC 1 on April 6, 1995, Absolutely Fabulous: Happy New Year marked series three, episode two of this popular Brit-com. Rebecca Front appears briefly as Cherysh, the third New Age-y girlfriend of Eddy's other ex, Marshall (Christopher Ryan), to be introduced into the "AbFab" universe.

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Air date: Apr 20, 1995

Distraught over the size of her actually quite spacious wardrobe, Edina (Jennifer Saunders) attempts to annex Saffy's bedroom. Saffy (Julia Sawalha) refuses, suggesting that her mother take over long-lost son Serge's room instead. Saf, Eddy, and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) break into the room, which is a virtual museum to the boy even though Eddy can't even remember what her son looks like. They discover an issue of '70s porn rag Razzle -- though not, to Patsy's relief, the issue in which she appeared. Reminded of her own sexual shortcomings, the uptight Eddy agrees to Patsy's plan that they hire a pair of rent boys for an old-fashioned orgy like the ones they used to attend. Unfortunately, though, the only procurer the women know is Eddy's hairdresser, Christopher (James Dreyfus), whose escort acquaintances tend toward the effeminate side. Just as Patsy and Eddy are beginning to loosen up with their "dates," they realize that the blue movie they've rented to get in the mood has gotten mixed up with the videotape for yet another of Saffy's school projects. They rush to the school, trailed by Mother (June Whitfield), Christopher, and his female-impersonator lover (Ian Gelder) -- but not soon enough to prevent the students from viewing the film, which includes footage of an orgy Patsy and Eddy attended in the '60s. Originally broadcast on BBC 1 on April 20, 1995, Absolutely Fabulous: Sex marked series three, episode three of this popular Brit-com.

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Air date: Apr 27, 1995

At a posh public-relations awards show, Edina (Jennifer Saunders) guzzles champagne with Patsy (Joanna Lumley), bosses Bubble (Jane Horrocks) around, chats up supermodel Naomi Campbell, and prepares to take home a prize. She's beaten to the punch, however, by Claudia (Celia Imrie), her pretentious, politically correct professional arch nemesis. Commiserating later at home with Saffy (Julia Sawalha), Mother (June Whitfield), and Pats, Eddy reveals that she had rigged the awards in her own favor, thus rendering her defeat even more ignominious. Terrified that she'll lose her tenuous hold on her career, Edina creeps into Claudia's celebrity liposuction-a-thon in hopes of bagging Campbell for one of her own celebrity events. Later, at an industry luncheon, she loses her prepared remarks but gives a drunken speech anyway, slagging off the PR industry's parasitical piggy-backing on noble causes such as environmentalism. Eddy's rallying cry against doom-and-gloom marketing -- "Cheer up, because it might not bloody happen!" -- becomes a sensation, and soon she's bagging new clients right and left. Meanwhile, Saffy gets hot and heavy -- for her, anyway -- with Gerard (Simon Stokes), her college psychology lecturer. Originally broadcast on BBC 1 on April 27, 1995, Absolutely Fabulous: Jealous marked series three, episode four of this popular Brit-com. Campbell guest-stars as herself in a send-up of the inane schemes to which hangers-on constantly subject the supermodel elite. Although she doesn't appear on camera, real-life singer Lulu, who is supposedly Edina's biggest client, can be heard announcing one of the PR awards.

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Air date: May 4, 1995

Our heroines find themselves at a mutual crossroads as Saffy (Julia Sawalha) heads off to college, leaving Edina (Jennifer Saunders) alone, and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) loses her job when her magazine folds. Pats soon moves in with Eddy, but their lack of domestic common sense spoils their otherwise jolly neo-conjugal relationship. Things are looking up at the office for Eddy, though, as a high-powered New York PR agency wants to form a liaison. That and a complimentary bottle of champagne are all it takes to keep past-her-prime singer Lulu in the fold; nevertheless, a spiteful Eddy attempts to fire Bubble (Jane Horrocks), who after three seasons as a personal assistant still doesn't understand the phrase "fax machine." Back at the house, during an impromptu wake for the magazine, fast-talking former editor Magda (Kathy Burke) announces she's taking a job in New York -- and that she wants to bring Patsy with her; that leaves fellow fashion hangers-on Catriona (Helen Lederer) and Fleur (Harriet Thorpe) contemplating jobs at the perfume counter and/or Eddy's firm. Later, smoking a joint in the bathroom, Pats and Eddy mull over the big-time success that they've always craved and try to fight off their terror of being alone. Saffy arrives to inject her usual doses of common sense, but the episode ends with a standoff: Eddy and Pats go their separate ways, each trying to convince herself that she'll be more fabulous flying solo. Originally broadcast on BBC 1 on May 4, 1995, Absolutely Fabulous: Fear marked series three, episode five of this popular Brit-com. Although her voice appeared in the previous episode, Absolutely Fabulous: Jealous, "To Sir With Love" singer Lulu makes her second on-camera appearance as herself; she was previously mentioned in countless episodes and appeared in Absolutely Fabulous: New Best Friend.

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Air date: May 11, 1995

Edina (Jennifer Saunders) moves into a commune but chafes at the paternalistic attitudes of the charlatans who run it; she spends her time impatiently waiting for her turn with "the talking stick," dejected over her separation from best friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Pats, meanwhile, finds that her well-worn fashion-world aphorisms don't fly in straight-talking New York. Professional ally Magda (Kathy Burke) sympathizes but offers no help, leaving Pats to the tender mercies of fashion barracudas Candy (Ruby Wax), Gina (Suzanne Bertish), and Sante (Sean Chapman). After chance encounters with a trio of transvestites and with Bo (Mo Gaffney) -- the sometime girlfriend of Eddy's ex-husband, Marshall -- Pats wanders up to the rooftop of the magazine to smoke and think. Suddenly a helicopter flies by, a familiar face waving from the passenger seat, and soon the world doesn't seem so terrible anymore. After the closing credits, a 25-years-later epilogue then provides a glimpse into the future exploits of Pats, Eddy, Gran, and Saffy. Originally broadcast on BBC1 on May 11, 1995, Absolutely Fabulous: The End marked series three, episode six of this popular Brit-com. The next installment would be the 1996 two-part TV movie Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout; regular episodes would not appear again until series four in 2001.

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Edina and Patsy stylishly stagger through more hilarious crises in the third series of "Absolutely Fabulous". Edina goes to New York to find the perfect doorknob. Later in the series, the delirious duo are torn apart when Patsy relocates to the Big Apple, and Eddie takes the opportunity to go "find herself".

Critic Reviews for Absolutely Fabulous Series 3

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Season 3 sees [Absolutely Fabulous's] satire of the fashion and PR industries sharpen, with a cameo by Naomi Campbell, and the show's worldview -- of cynical, negative malevolents -- remains gloriously amoral.

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Played respectively by Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the middle-aged scamps, thoroughly trend-drenched and fashion-obsessed, are as perfectly awful and hilarious as ever.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

As always, Saunders is heroic in her slapstick self-abasement, and Lumley is extraordinary as a pained, haughty beauty gone to glorious seed.

Mar 30, 1995 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

"Absolutely Fabulous" is just that, sweetie dahling - an absolutely fabulous half hour of the sort you won't find on American television.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Absolutely Fabulous: Series 3

  • Dec 24, 2016
    omg loved it, very funny
  • Nov 08, 2016
    MUCH BETTER AFTER THE PASSAGE OF TIME, rough to follow up season 2, this one hits great bulls eyes with its views on awards shows, sex, interior decorating & age.
  • Aug 25, 2014
    The best season of the series

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