The Best Episodes of Absolutely Fabulous
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2019
In this satirical British sitcom, which became a cult hit on American cable, a grotesquely self-centered fashion victim chain-smokes, swills champagne, abuses drugs, munches caviar, terrorizes her daughter, and tries in vain to mingle with the beautiful people -- all in the company of her sleek, slutty, boozed-up best friend.
#1 - Cold Turkey
Season 5 - Episode 8
Eddie spends her first Christmas at home, much to Saffy's chagrin, and goes all out for the festivities. John is preoccupied with knowing the details of Justin's sex life. Marshall and Bo arrive for Christmas with their details of the infomercial they've been doing "since the bottom fell out of the baby business." Patsy, who detests Christmas, is happy when she collapses and gets to spend a few days on drugs in the hospital... though it seems that her condition may be more dire than anyone realized.
#2 - Exploitin'
Season 5 - Episode 7
Saffy grudgingly agrees to let Eddy babysit Jane while she and John go to lunch, but as soon as they're gone, Eddy whisks her off to the zoo where Patsy has arranged for her to be part of a photo shoot with famous photographer, Jean-Paul Gaultier. Saffy's anger at her mother is softened when Eddy confides she and Jane bonded; that is, until Saffy makes a shocking discovery.
#3 - Jealous
Season 3 - Episode 4
Eddie gets very depressed that she doesn't win the PR Person of the Year Award and almost works herself to death trying to gain revenge. Saffy's psychology lecturer starts giving her some "extra special tuition" and Eddie comes to her daughter's aid for one of the few times in her life.
#5 - Book Clubbin'
Season 5 - Episode 2
Eddy and Patsy organize a book club to meet famous people, but no one is interested in reading anything except celebrity gossip magazines. Eddy has recurring nightmares about Saffy's midwife, who delights in teasing her about them. She's very unhappy about the expected grandbaby until she learns the father is black... after all, a mixed-race baby is the greatest accessory, the "Chanel of babies."
#6 - Happy New Year
Season 3 - Episode 2
While Saffy plans to spend a quiet New Years Eve with her Gran and Justin, Eddie and Patsy prepare to join a huge underground rave party to see in the new year, but things change when word comes of the visit from Patsy's long lost sister Jackie who is notorious for being a 60's party animal. Upon her arrival, Patsy is distressed to learn that her sister (unlike herself) has actually aged in the last 30 years.
#7 - Parallox
Season 4 - Episode 1
Patsy has an injection to freeze her wrinkles; Edina is due to make an appearance on the TV show "This Morning With Richard & Judy"; Saffy is looking for a job with New Labour and Mother is finding out the delights of the internet
#8 - The End
Season 3 - Episode 6
After Patsy and Saffy both move away from her, Eddie moves to a commune where she tries to fit in but doesn't have a chance. Patsy's new job is not what she was expecting and Eddie turns up in New York where she meets her on the top of a building in a helicopter before heading back to London. There is also a sneak peek at them in 25 years time.
#10 - Sex
Season 3 - Episode 3
Eddie wants to have a bigger bedroom and debates which of the two walls to knock down; one leading to Saffy's room, the other to Serge's. Eddie and Patsy go into Serge's room to clear it out where Saffy discovers a copy of 'Razzle' amongst his magazines (thankfully not the one that Patsy appeared in!). Despite Saffy's objections about the magazine, Eddie leafs through it and realizes that it has been awhile since she has had sex. Patsy talks her into hiring two male prostitutes on the night that Saffy has a presentation at school, both of which don't go off as smoothly as they would have liked.
#11 - Menopause
Season 4 - Episode 6
After Patsy cracks her wrist and finds out she is has osteoporosis, Saffron sets up a menopause meeting for the pair. Edina's businesses are going under and it seems that everyone is undergoing change. Then Saffron starts having day-dreams about the possible future...
#12 - Schmoozin'
Season 5 - Episode 6
Edina's 'new' boyfriend Pete, who she and Patsy knew growing up, works at Abbey Road Studios and uncovered some "lost tapes" of the Beatles. They throw a party to play them in public for the first time and things don't quite go as planned. Elton John does a cameo.
#13 - Poor
Season 2 - Episode 5
Edina discovers that the alimony payments from her ex-husbands, Justin and Marshall, have stopped. Does this mean she will be very poor? After consulting her accountant and much badgering from Saffy, Edina decides to make some sacrifices in her exuberant lifestyle to better herself, only to make matters worse by ending up in court.
#15 - Donkey
Season 4 - Episode 4
Despite having tried every fad diet going, Eddie is still desperate to be thin, and decides to try detox. Spurred on by a Sex And The City-style lunch with her bitchy girlfriends, Eddie embarks on a strict regime of water and red meat and enrolls herself in a grueling military fitness program. Despite Patsy's best efforts, Eddie swears off champagne and begins to shed the pounds. But her nights are plagued with visits from God and the Devil, who have their own agendas. Meanwhile, budding playwright Saffy bumps into a pretentious old school friend, Taylor Johns, who attempts to use her in his bid to further his acting career, and Patsy decides to see what life is like without her trademark Sixties forelock.
#16 - Fear
Season 3 - Episode 5
Patsy moves in to live with Edina when Saffy goes off to college. However it proves to be a turbulent arrangement, especially when they can't find the tin opener. Further trouble errupts when Lulu arrives at Edina's office to terminate her contract and sign with a high-powered American PR agency. Patsy loses her job when her magazine folds, leaving the high-living pair contemplating old age and a crossroads in their lives.
#17 - Door Handle
Season 3 - Episode 1
As the kitchen is being rebuilt after the fire in last series finale, Eddie is hell-bent on searching for the perfect door handle to match her decor, and she and Patsy take a day trip to New York on the concord to track one down.
#18 - Panickin'
Season 5 - Episode 3
When Eddy converts her bomb shelter into a panic room, she and Patsy accidentally get locked in and, not knowing the access code, have to wait until the system resets and the door opens.
#19 - Identity
Season 6 - Episode 1
Absolutely Fabulous is back! In the first of three new episodes written by and starring Jennifer Saunders, with Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield, there’s an awful lot of catching up to do. First of all there’s a homecoming for one of them who’s been ‘away’ for quite some time. She arrives at the Monsoon household with a new – slightly scary – best friend. Her presence could be either a blessing or a disaster, raising questions of identity that could even involve a certain person owning up to her real age … if she can remember it.
#20 - Huntin' Shootin' & Fishin'
Season 5 - Episode 4
Edina and Patsy spend the weekend at a snooty lodge in the country and become so bored, they create their own version of fun. Meanwhile, Saffy has her friends, Emma and Sarah, over for a baby shower and Sarah becomes obsessed with Emma. The weekend ends with Emma getting a restraining order and an unexpected turn of events for Sarah.
#21 - New Best Friend
Season 2 - Episode 4
Edina's old friends, Bettina and Max, are coming to stay with her. Eddie remembers them as being notoriously minimalistic who have no need for possessions and she tries to make the house presentable, eventually telling Patsy to leave. Patsy is hurt by this and leaves to find herself a new best friend. Meanwhile, when Bettina and Max arrive they have their baby with them and are loaded with bags and baby stuff, turning Eddie's house into the inside of a laundry basket.
#22 - Birth
Season 2 - Episode 6
Patsy burns down Eddie's kitchen with her cigarette when she falls asleep. Forced to live out of the sitting room, Eddie and Patsy plan a night out which suits Saffy as she is having a boy around to watch a documentary. Unfortunately for all, Mother accidentally locks them in the sitting room and Eddie tries to open up to her daughter and talk to her about sex and her birth, despite Patsy's comments.
#23 - Job
Season 6 - Episode 2
Edina has some crucial questions to answer, including: Has she still got it? And could a new client destroy her relationship with Saffy or make it stronger? With fewer and fewer clients and a daughter who despises her, it’s business as usual but, when Eddy and Patsy meet a famous French film star whom Saffy hugely admires, Eddy hopes that the job of taking her on as a client could bring a new-found respect, and some much-needed income. The problem is that her client’s talents aren’t everything they seem to be…
#24 - Hospital
Season 2 - Episode 1
Patsy is caught having an affair with a politician and is pushed into the tabloid spotlight which reveals her true age. Eddie stubs her toe and "requires" surgery. Patsy joins her in hospital for moral support - and a facelift.
#25 - Death
Season 2 - Episode 2
Eddie's father passes away and she is more concerned about how much weight she has put on and Saffy is horrified at her mother's selfishness regarding the death. It soon makes Eddie realize that she is also going to die and she goes out and spends hundreds of thousands of pounds on art that she doesn't want, just so she can leave something behind when she dies.