List of Mr. Bean episodes
# Airdate Guests 1 1 January 1990 Richard Briers
Act 1: Bean is late for his mathematics exam and speeds past a Reliant three wheeler, nearly tipping it over. Once he reaches the college, he irritates a fellow candidate (Paul Bown) by getting out many spare pens and a number of mascots, including a Pink Panther doll whose tail is positioned to appear as a penis—a rare instance of overt sexual reference for the series. Bean quickly changes it. He has studied trigonometry, but he finds a calculus paper in the envelope. He spends the duration of his two hours trying to cheat off the other candidate, before finally falling asleep for most of the time, and does not realise until the last two minutes that there were two papers in the envelope: one calculus, the other trigonometry, with the student given a choice as to which to do. He tries to complete the paper in a hurried fashion, even snatching the pen from the other candidate, finally stopped when the examiner yells at him to stop writing, having already said so twice. Bean's alarm clock then goes off.
Act 2: Bean goes to the beach and tries to change from his street trousers and underpants into his swimming trunks without ever becoming naked so a nearby man (Roger Sloman) will not see him, feeling going back up the steps from the beach will be too hard. After he succeeds, it turns out the man is actually blind. Act 3: After a parking altercation, once again involving the Reliant, Bean attends a church service. Unfortunately he does not know the words to the hymns, sneezes loudly and is forced to wipe his nose on the lining of his pocket, and falls asleep out of boredom, much to the annoyance of Mr. Sprout (Richard Briers) who is sitting next to him. To stay awake, he tries to put a mint in his mouth without being seen, then drops it before a hymn. He picks it up, but when Sprout turns around he puts it into a pocket on the lining of which he has wiped his nose. On the way back home, he takes a wrong turn and crashes his Mini. Notes:
- Ben Elton's only appearance as writer of Mr. Bean is in this episode.
- This episode, being the pilot episode, was simply called 'Mr. Bean'. Its original opening and end titles did not feature the familiar choral music or street/spotlight theme. The titles were superimposed over Bean's journey to the college and subsequent crash at the end of the episode. Another major difference was the fact that his Mini was orange as opposed to the more familiar yellow that was used for other episodes. For the remastered Region 1 and 20th Anniversary Region 2 DVD versions, the opening titles were removed and the regular titles added.
- Rudolph Walker plays the examiner. He and Rowan Atkinson would later go on to co-star in The Thin Blue Line.
- The church service sketch was also performed live by Atkinson (and Angus Deayton) on tour, including in Boston, 1991.
- Cameo appearance by Howard Goodall as the church organist.
- Rowan Atkinson performs the role of the vicar's voice, giving an apparently gibberish sermon.
- Reliant gag - Bean overtakes the Reliant Regal, pulling in front at a very close distance. The Reliant driver panics and steers off, almost toppling the vehicle.
- Reliant gag - Bean drives straight at the Reliant on the road leading to the beach. The Reliant driver ends up swerving into a ditch to avoid a collision.
- Reliant gag - Bean selects a parking space on a field, coincidentally the space is already occupied by the Reliant, which is forced onto the road. Bean, seemingly confused as to how the vehicle got there, runs off.
- Reliant gag - During the credits, Bean crashes his Mini at a turn, and the Reliant driver watches it. Then the Reliant speeds off, with a tire flying over a sign. Bean then runs off after the Reliant.
- The sweet stuck in Bean's coat pocket would later be used as paste for a postage stamp in "Mr. Bean Rides Again".
- The hymn sung at the church service is "All Creatures Of Our God And King".
- "Ray of Sunshine" from Mr. Bean, The Animated Series was inspired by Act 2.
- The episode was filmed on 28 August 1989.
Preceding episode Mr. Bean Following episode - Mr. Bean The Return of Mr. Bean
The Return of Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 2 30 October 1990 John Junkin
Act 1: Bean sees a busker playing a saxophone and wants to drop some change in his saxophone case. When he finds he has no change, he places his handkerchief on the ground and dances in a rather silly way to the saxophone music; a woman stops by and leaves him a coin, which he then transfers to the saxophonist's case.
Act 2: Bean tries out his new American Express charge card at Allders department store. After appearing to suffocate whilst going through the perfume department, he does his shopping by first testing everything he wants to buy — he opens and uses a toothbrush, tries on a bath towel, peels a potato with a peeler he wants to buy, and pulls a large fish out of his pocket to see if it fits on a frying pan. He also chooses the telephone from the receptionist's desk as the one he wants and takes it with him, plug and all, because it was the only phone that gave a dialing tone when picked up; he assumed the other phones (disconnected display models) were broken. At the register, he accidentally swaps cards with another man (Paul McDowell) who has the same kind of card as he; Bean pick-pockets the man and gets his card back (instead of speaking with the man, of course), but his hand gets stuck, and the man unwittingly pulls him all the way into a toilet stall. In the toilet stall, he frees his hand and shocks the man by offering him a roll of toilet paper. Act 3: Bean goes to a restaurant on his birthday and orders a steak tartare (after gifting a birthday card to himself), which he expected to be a real steak. Disgusted by the tartare's taste and appearance, he cuts it up and hides the pieces in different places (ashtray, tiny flower vase, sugar bowl, hollowed-out roll, under a plate, violinist's trousers, woman's handbag). Conveniently, a waiter walks by and spills his tray all over Bean's table, which provides him with an opportunity to cover up his actions by showing the waiter and the maitre d' that the tartare has ended up inside the vase, inside his bread, under his plate, in the violinist's trousers, and in the woman's handbag. The maitre d' apologizes and promptly moves Bean, who pretends to complain about the incident by mumbling, to another table, where the waiter brings out another dish, which, unfortunately for Bean, is another steak tartare, seemingly bigger than the first, and he seemingly must finish it, as the maitre d', the waiter and the violinist are all watching him. Act 4: Bean is waiting to meet Queen Elizabeth at a royal premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema, but is quite unprepared (his nails and teeth are dirty, his breath smells, and his shoes are unpolished). He manages to rectify most of these problems to his satisfaction (using spit to polish his shoes, folding back the corners of a postcard to serve as a pocket handkerchief, and using a loose thread from an usherette's uniform to floss his teeth), but when he uses his trouser zip to clean his fingernail, the zip gets stuck, and he only manages to force it back up just before the Queen greets him. Preparing for a bow, Bean accidentally headbutts the Queen, who is knocked to the floor. During the confusion, Bean makes a run for it. Notes:
- The first episode to feature the 'Bean falling from sky' opening, and the familiar theme tune (Ecce homo qui est faba) performed by the Choir of Southwark Cathedral.
- When Mr. Bean walks towards the busker in Act 1, amongst the graffiti scribbled on the wall is seen the word "PHUT!" This also happens to be the name of the club he takes his girlfriend to in the episode "Mr. Bean Goes to Town."
- Matilda Ziegler, who later plays Bean's girlfriend, appears as an usherette at the royal premiere scene.
- Rowan Atkinson performs two roles in this episode, the second being a voice over news reporter at the beginning of Act 4.
- John Howard Davies produced and directed this Mr. Bean episode, as well as "Mr. Bean" (the first episode) and "The Curse of Mr. Bean", both released in 1990.
- Act 4 is the actual opposite of a later Mr. Bean, The Animated Series episode called "Royal Bean", but Act 3 did inspire several shorts such as "Restaurant" and "Hot Date".
- Act 3 also provided an inspiration to the restaurant scene in Mr. Bean's Holiday, although the ending was slightly altered to ensure Mr. Bean's likeness to the taste of the prawn in his seafood meal.
Preceded by Episodes Succeeded by Mr. Bean Mr. Bean The Curse of Mr. Bean
The Curse of Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 3 30 November 1990 Angus Deayton
Act 1: Bean goes to a public swimming pool, where he uses a manual arm to get his ticket at the carpark. He tries out the super-high diving board, and chickens out until two impatient boys push him off by stomping on his hand as he attempts to climb down. Bean loses his swimming trunks, and is unable to retrieve them as a small kid fishes them out of the pool with a snorkel. Bean, naked, tries to get back to the changing room unseen and almost succeeds, but the lifeguard appears near the change room. He hides behind a corner, but a group of women swimmers appear behind him. As Bean turns round the women scream and go back to the changing room immediately as Bean runs off.
Act 2: Bean refuses to pay the ridiculously high parking price of £16.00 at the swimming pool car park, and tries to leave through the entrance by wheeling a refuse container in front of the entrance to trick the machine into issuing a ticket and opening the barrier. He succeeds and drives his car past the barrier and into the entrance lane. Just as he was moving the container back, a black Mercedes arrives and he is forced to reverse back into the car park. He eventually escapes by waiting for another car to enter the car park and lift the barrier, and then driving full speed at the entrance lane, driving out of it and knocking the other car out of the way. The victim turns out to be the Reliant and, once again, it topples over. Act 3: Bean goes to the park to have a lunch break, and makes himself a sandwich in a really ridiculous way, using ingredients and tools he has stashed with him in his coat. He is watched by a man next to him (Angus Deayton, who also played the swimming pool lifeguard in Act 1). He cuts the bread with scissors, spreads the butter with his credit card (his "flexible friend"), washes the lettuce in a drinking water fountain and uses his sock to dry it, pretends to kill two dead fish, and crushes the peppercorns with his shoe. He even makes tea in a hot water bottle, using his mouth to transfer milk from a baby bottle to the hot water bottle. Eventually, however, the pepper makes him sneeze and he drops the sandwich, and causes his tea to shoot out of the bottle. The man next to him offers Bean half of his own pre-packed sandwich, which Bean gratefully accepts as the cap for the hot water bottle pops out of his ear. Act 4: In this brief act, when Bean approaches a left turn at an intersection, he has to stop at a red light. He then sees a cyclist, also doing a left turn through the intersection, dismounting from his bike and pushing it over the control line of the still-red traffic lights. Bean gets out of his car and pushes it across the intersection too, just like the cyclist did. (This scene was filmed in Feltham, about a mile down the road from where Act 2 was filmed.) Act 5: Bean goes to see a horror film with his girlfriend. He buys himself a giant popcorn tub, and her a small one, even stealing from hers but slapping her hand when she tries to do the same. Before the film, he teases her and scares her, spills popcorn and interrupts the other people there. He then gets scared witless himself by the actual feature and tries to avoid watching it by any means necessary (including pulling his sweater over his head—causing a huge shriek from his girlfriend when his head has apparently disappeared—and using popcorn as earplugs). Before the end of the film, Bean empties out his popcorn from his popcorn bucket and puts it on his head, he then lifts up the bucket from his head, then puts it on his head again, and his girlfriend and other people scream at the ending of the film. After the film, as the two of them leave, his girlfriend puts her coat over her body and Bean shakes one of her coat's sleeves, under the impression that her hands have been amputated, making them both jump and scream. Notes:
- First appearance of Irma Gobb (Matilda Ziegler), Bean's neglected girlfriend.
- This episode (and "The Return of Mr. Bean") are the only episodes to have the black background where Mr. Bean falls from the sky in the intro; however, this episode and a later one ("Mr. Bean Rides Again") show Bean getting sucked back into the sky at the end. Both episodes were directed and produced by John Howard Davies.
- Reliant gags - Bean charges towards the entrance barrier when the driver of the Supervan takes a ticket, and, in the end, topples over.
- The shot in which Mr Bean's car begins accelerating towards the car park entrance lane once the barrier is opened is a reference to the movie Christine; the second horror movie reference in the episode.
- The horror movie that Mr Bean goes to see appears to be called A Nightmare, but the poster shown is obviously for A Nightmare On Elm Street with the camera placed to cut off the last three words - although an obvious picture of Freddy Krueger is shown. In spite of this, the implied events in the film do not match any of the Elm Street films.
- First appearance of Mr. Bean's green Mini.
- At the end of Act 4 a Mini the same colour as Mr. Bean's can be seen in the background.
- There is a reference to Evil Dead II, when Mr. Bean scares Irma by pretending to use a chainsaw to cut off his hand.
- Act 5 inspires one episode of Mr. Bean, The Animated Series called "Scaredy Bean", while the parking scenes from Act 1 was a direct opposite from the episode "No Parking".
- The car park sequence was filmed at the Heathrow Airport Bowl car park. Mr Bean walks out of the car park into a swimming pool that is actually six miles away in central Hayes and still visually unchanged.
- The very end of Act 1 where Mr Bean "exposes" himself to the swim team before they run into the changing room is cut from the TV editions.
- In Act 4, the number plate on the back of the Mini (SLK 287R) can be seen not to match that on the front (SLW 287R).
Preceded by Episodes Succeeded by The Return of Mr. Bean Mr. Bean Mr. Bean Goes To Town
Mr. Bean Goes to Town
# Airdate Guests 4 10 December 1991 Nick Hancock
Act 1: Bean buys a portable television for his flat, and has difficulty in trying to position the antenna to get good reception. When he discovers that he can only get reception if he sits in a part of the room where he cannot see the screen, he is distraught. Ingeniously, he strips down and assembles his clothes — underwear and all — on the chair, and the television starts working - just before his pre-paid electricity meter runs out.
Act 2: Bean tries out his new Polaroid camera in the park, but it is stolen by a thief (Nick Hancock) when he asks him to take his photo. Although Bean chases down and stops the thief by putting a rubbish bin over his head and poking him with a pencil, he gets away again as Bean tries to alert a passing police officer. Later, Bean is at the police station being asked to identify the thief in a police line up. However, he only successfully identifies the thief after he's subjected the entire line to a pencil-poking test while the suspects are all wearing bins over their heads. Act 3: Bean gets an itch in his foot while in the town, so he takes off his shoe and sock to scratch it. But he puts his shoe on a roof of a parked Mazda. The car drives away, leaving Bean to hop through the town to find it (which he eventually does). Act 4: Bean goes to the I.D. picture machine, where he takes pictures of himself. It takes only a few seconds, and his pictures are released after he slaps the machine, only to find out that he took pictures of his back to check his haircut. Act 5: Bean goes out with his girlfriend at night to a magic show and disco. He deliberately messes up the magic act in an attempt to retrieve his watch the magician "stole" as part of a trick, and embarrasses his girlfriend so much that she dumps him for another man. After attempting to interfere with his attempts to dance with her, Bean leaves the disco, but not before shutting off the power first. On his way home Bean passes a window display of television sets, which individually lose their picture just as he passes them. After the credits, Bean's arm sticks out at one of the television sets and the television sets lose their picture again. Notes:
- Features cameo appearances of Howard Goodall and Robin Driscoll - a cameo appearance by the writers of this show.
- This is the first time we see Mr. Bean's flat.
- The writers allude to Bean being more than just a social anomaly when they demonstrate that he seems to have a mysterious effect on television reception.
- Act 5 has Mr. Bean taking his girlfriend to a venue called "Club Phut." In the episode "The Return of Mr. Bean," he walks past a wall, which has the word "PHUT!" scribbled on it.
- The opening titles now feature the street scene and the music has been re-recorded.
- The video compilation has not got the new opening titles. Just a caption is shown.
- First episode to be produced and broadcast in stereo.
- Film, instead of videotape, is now used for outdoor scenes. Paul Weiland is the film director, while John Birkin is the videotape director. Sue Vertue is the producer. The producer-director tandem of Vertue and Birkin would also collaborate on later Mr. Bean episodes. The threesome, as mentioned, also collaborated on "The Trouble with Mr. Bean" and "Mr. Bean Rides Again", both of which were also released in 1991.
- 14.42 million viewers watched this episode on the original transmission.
- Act 1 inspired an episode of Mr. Bean, The Animated Series called "Big TV". The photograph scene from Act 2 inspired a similar act in the Animated Series episode "Chocks Away", where Mr. Bean distracts a guard in the toy store by taking a photograph of him before retrieving the propeller for his remote control airplane.
- The police station scene in Act 2 inspired the Mr. Bean: The Animated series episode named "In the Pink" when Mr. Bean is asked to identify the two fraudsters in a lineup.
- Nick Hancock, who plays the thief in this episode will return for the role of the train conductor in Mr. Bean Rides again.
Preceded by Episodes Succeeded by The Curse of Mr. Bean Mr. Bean The Trouble with Mr. Bean
The Trouble with Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 5 1 January 1992 Richard Wilson
Act 1: Bean oversleeps and is late for his dental appointment. To save time, he decides to get dressed and brush his teeth while driving to the dentist, using a brick to hold down the accelerator while he changes his trousers and puts on his shoes and socks and shooting screenwash into his mouth to rinse it after brushing his teeth. When he spits out the toothpaste, it lands on the backside of a man whom Bean passes in his car. The man, perplexed, notices and looks up at a tree above him, thinking that a bird may have done it, then smells it. Bean also accidentally sounds his car horn while putting on his socks.
Act 2: Bean arrives at the dentist's office, where he cannot find anything in the waiting room to read except for a Batman comic book with The Road Warriors on the back cover, which a young boy is already reading (he brought the comic from home). When the boy refuses to let him share the comic, he stealthily pours water from a vase into the boy's lap to make his mother believe he wet himself, causing her to take him home. After getting the comic, he is immediately called in to see the dentist (Richard Wilson). While in the chair, when the dentist turns on the radio playing The Blue Danube, he meddles with the controls on the dentist's chair and the dentist's equipment while his back is turned, and as a result accidentally numbs the dentist's leg with an injection of Novocain, causing him to pass out. Bean, feeling inconvenienced by this, decides to treat himself - however he can't tell which tooth needs attention, so he performs the procedure on all of his own teeth. Just as the dentist recovers, Bean leaves, content with his work. Act 3: While in a park Bean spots a young boy who is having difficulty with his remote control boat. Bean generously tries to help him by opening the controller and tweaking some circuitry. Amazingly the controller now works, but unknowingly to both Bean and the boy it is now also controlling an electric wheelchair behind him. After hogging the boat for some time, and causing mayhem behind him, Bean finally gives the controller back to the boy, but only when (unknown to both of them) the wheelchair is already behind the boy, moving towards him. As Bean moves away, a loud splash is heard, implying that the boy was knocked into the water by the wheelchair. Act 4: Still in the park, Bean tries to have a picnic, but a nearby wasp falls desperately in love with Bean's cupcake. After trying to catch the wasp by swatting at it, jousting with it, chasing it around, and trapping it in a bottle of orange juice, he swats it between the pages of his book, only to pique the interest of an entire swarm of wasps, which attack him. Bean ultimately races away from his picnic site and throws the bun at a car thief (whose thieving attempts Bean managed to foil by removing his steering wheel and bringing it with him on his picnic). The wheelchair then stops by the car. Notes:
- This was the highest rated episode, with an audience of 18.74 million viewers for the original transmission.
- First appearance of Teddy, though this version had a smaller head in comparison to the one used in later episodes.
- This is the first time we see Bean's unique technique of immobilising his car by removing the steering wheel (he also did this trick in "Mr. Bean in Room 426").
- Mr. Bean's duvet cover at the beginning of the episode was of The A-Team.
- Reliant gag - we see the Reliant parked in a boxed parking space outside the dentist's office. Bean's Mini is seen driving past and off screen. We hear Bean brake, shift into reverse and then reappear directly in front of the Reliant. He slowly pushes it out of its space and onto a single yellow line where it promptly gets booked by a passing traffic warden.
- Act 2 also inspires another Mr. Bean, The Animated Series short called "Toothache", while Act 4 inspires another short, "The Fly".
- The Traffic Warden is also seen in the animated series of Mr. Bean.
- The part where Mr. Bean got the shaver stuck on his nose was reused in the animated episode "Wanted".
- The idea of a lamp activating a water hose that sprays on Mr. Bean's foot to wake him up was re-used in the animated episode as a clock where it is Teddy's Birthday.
- Although this episode and Mr. Bean Rides Again were first aired on New Year's Day 1992, they were still copyrighted by Tiger Television for 1991.
Preceded by Episodes Succeeded by Mr. Bean Goes to Town Mr. Bean Mr. Bean Rides Again
Mr. Bean Rides Again
# Airdate Guests 6 1 January 1992 Roger Sloman
Act 1: Bean wants to go to the post office, but the battery in his car is dead, so he decides to catch a bus instead. He reaches the bus stop where a man is already waiting for the bus. Unfortunately the man suddenly suffers from a heart attack. Bean tries to revive him by stomping on him, stuffing pills down his throat, trying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (with the man's magazine) and using electric shock treatment using jump leads connected to a nearby lamppost. This initially works, but he forgets to remove the jump leads from his hands when the man offers a handshake, giving the man another electric shock, which makes him pass out again. An ambulance comes, but while the paramedics treat the man, Bean uses the battery in the ambulance to jumpstart his Mini. Bean drives off, leaving the ambulance disabled due to a dead battery.
Act 2: Bean heads to a postbox and on his way he accidentally swallows his stamp. He offers to post a letter for a lady, pretends he's posted it but hangs on to it until she is gone so that he can get another stamp for his own letter. He then steals the stamp by using steam from his car radiator, and sticks it to his own letter using a sweet stuck (since the first episode) to the inside of his pocket, and strikes it to his own letter with a fist (when using just one finger to stick it down does not work). The postman arrives to empty the box just as the lady returns to find her letter on the ground and complains to the postman that there was a stamp on her letter but she does not know what happened to it. Bean hides inside the postbox to avoid getting told off by the postman for the theft of the stamp and gets locked inside for an unknown amount of time (the original commercial break occurred here), though as the postbox had a "1" showing, it ought to have been the next day. When he is finally released (by another postman) he loses his keys down a drain and has to get a bus home. He waits in the bus stop with another man also waiting for the bus. The man gets on the bus, but Mr. Bean isn't so lucky - the driver tells him not to come on the bus as all seats are full, forcing Bean to wait for the next bus. Act 3: Bean tries to pack for a holiday, but his small case does not have space for his clothes as well as his tins of baked beans. He ridiculously reduces the size of his things (often using scissors) to fit them in a small briefcase, by cutting up a pair of trousers (which was unnecessary since he already had shorts), breaking up his toothbrush, pouring some toothpaste down the sink, taking just one sandal, and using a flannel for a towel but has not the heart to cut up his teddy bear. After finally managing to fit his things in the tiny briefcase, he reaches under the bed and discovers that he owned another briefcase, almost double the size of the small one. But since his small briefcase is already packed, he just puts it into the larger suitcase along with the one thing he could not pack before — a book. Act 4: Bean boards a train and then reads a book across from another man (Stephen Frost) in the same compartment who is also reading. The man begins laughing loudly and continuously at a passage in his book. Bean struggles to plug his ears to avoid the laughter, eliciting curious stares when the man looks up then he finds some Bubblegum, which works. Finally the conductor (Nick Hancock) comes in and asks for tickets. Bean is startled by his presence, accidentally ejecting his book, with the ticket tucked inside, out the train window. Act 5: Bean then boards an aircraft, but is forced to look after a sick boy next to him. He tries to cheer the boy up by various means, by sticking magazine bits on his face to amuse him, playing with a self-inflating life jacket (it later flies out of Bean's seat) and by blowing air into a paper bag and trying to pop it. He discovers that the bag is too small, and starts rummaging for another bag. While his back is turned, the boy vomits into a Mid-flight Sick Bag when the aircraft experiences a bit of turbulence, and offers the bag to Bean, who takes it unaware and smashes the vomit-filled bag. The act ends with the popping noise of the bag, and the screen cuts to black, not showing the outcome. Comedy ends: The end credits of this episode is one of two to perform a volte-face: showing the reverse of the opening titles where Bean is sucked back into the sky, and the only one to do so with the street scenery. Notes:
- Even before Mr. Bean discovers his car battery is dead, a green Mini, which looks similar to Mr. Bean's, can be seen driving by, although that one is aqua green with a bonnet of the same colour, whereas Mr. Bean's Mini is lime green with a black bonnet.
- The joke of Mr. Bean popping a vomit filled bag is reused in the movie Bean, although in this episode the scene ends without showing the outcome.
- The joke of Mr. Bean cheering up the boy on the plane using paper strips torn from a magazine is reused in Mr. Bean's Holiday, cheering up the Cannes Film Festival jury member and film director's son Stepan on the train.
- The airplane that Mr. Bean went to was a British Airways Boeing 737-200. British Airways still has B737's but they are series 300.
- The heart attack scene was edited out on Nickelodeon UK.
- In this episode, he failed to enter the bus after the conductor pushed his hand out of the door to signal that the bus was full, but in "Tee Off, Mr. Bean", he successfully entered the bus to retrieve his golf ball.
- This is the last episode of Mr. Bean Live action to have the name of the episode in the opening sequence. In later episodes, it just says "Mr. Bean" and says the name of the episode once the episode actually starts.
- Act 4 indirectly segued into Act 3 of a later Mr. Bean episode Hair by Mr. Bean of London in which he departed the train, only to find out that he does not have his ticket.
- Although this episode and The Trouble with Mr. Bean were first aired on New Year's Day 1992, they were still copyrighted by Tiger Television for 1991.
- Nick Hancock, who played the thief in Mr. Bean Goes to Town, returned as the train conductor.
- "Car Trouble" from the Animated Series was inspired by Act 1.
Preceded by Episodes Succeeded by The Trouble with Mr Bean Mr. Bean Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean
Merry Christmas Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 7 31 December 1992 Owen Brenman
Act 1: It is Christmas Eve and Bean decides to visit Harrods, causing his usual brand of chaos by behaving rather inappropriately while inside such a prestigious department store. After parking directly at the front of the store and harassing a man dressed as Father Christmas by pulling his fake beard, Bean proceeds to shop for Christmas decorations, subjecting them to his usual scrutiny—if it breaks, do not buy it. He also tests some Christmas lights using the same socket used for the exterior Christmas lights, plunging the exterior of the store into darkness in the process. He then starts playing with the figurines in an in-store display, performing a rather inaccurate Nativity scene involving T. rex, two army tanks, a Dalek, a helicopter, and also the bedroom of a dollhouse. The store manager stops him by putting a figurine of a policeman onto the set.
Act 2: Bean meets his girlfriend Irma Gobb in the town, where she tries to give him the message that she wants an engagement ring as a present. He wins a free turkey by cheating, then upon seeing another man dressed as Father Christmas decides to pull the beard again... (only for the beard to be real), causing Bean to make a quick exit while the man recovers. He then catches a pickpocket and gives the thief's items to a Salvation Army brass band conductor. Bean then ends up conducting the band in a ridiculous way while the conductor tries on the items that the pickpocket stole. Bean leaves, but not before he takes the town's very large Christmas tree home with him. Act 3: Bean prepares for Christmas Eve by setting up the Christmas tree that he stole. Then putting out the stockings for Father Christmas; one for himself, one for Teddy and a tiny one for a mouse. He makes a “super cracker”, a Christmas cracker with many fuses from other crackers inside. Bean gives himself several Christmas cards—all of the same design. He swiftly despairs of war films on every channel, and then shuts the door rather rudely on young carol singers without giving them anything, even though he brings a box of chocolates to the door. Act 4: This act starts on Christmas morning when Bean discovers what Father Christmas gave him. He got a new pair of socks, Teddy got a tin of two drawing pins to replace his eyes, and the mouse got a piece of cheese—which Bean ironically places on a mousetrap. He then tries to prepare the turkey, but loses his watch while stuffing it, and pokes his head inside, getting it stuck on his head just as his girlfriend arrives. He picks up a crosscut saw to try to get it off, but accidentally freaks her out. She then helps Bean get the turkey off. Later, they have dinner (sandwiches), and Bean gives his girlfriend her present: not the engagement ring she wanted, but a portrait used as part of the shop's window dressing for the ring, which he believed is what she was pointing to. She begins to cry, but Mr. Bean mutters "I forgot the main bit!" He takes out a ring box and hands it to her. As she opens the box eagerly, she discovers that it was not an engagement ring but in fact a hook, meant for hanging the picture. She leaves the flat, very miserable and very upset. At the end of the episode, an outside view of Mr Bean's window is given, as he pulls the “super cracker” he made earlier; it produces a bright flash seen through the curtains. Notes:
- Although not the highest rated episode of Mr Bean, it came very close, with 18.48 million viewers watching the original transmission.
- The 'lights on a well known building being accidentally switched off' gag is used by comedian Peter Kay at the end of his Live at the Top of the Tower DVD.
- Bean appears to have moved as the flat and its exterior have changed.
- Change of presentation style for this and the following episodes: The title new opening sequence now simply says Mr. Bean. At the end of the sequence a separate caption appears stating the title of the episode. It was also the last appearance of Richard Curtis as one of the writers of Mr. Bean. Later episodes only featured Robin Driscoll and the show's main actor, Rowan Atkinson as co-writers of Mr. Bean.
- Last appearance of Matilda Ziegler as Irma Gobb.
- This is the last Mr. Bean episode to have been produced for Thames Television due to that company losing its Independent Television franchise and shutting down on this airdate. Subsequent episodes were produced in association with Thames Television for Central Independent Television.
- The market scene took place in Kingston.
- During Act 1, when Mr. Bean plays with the toys, he hums The British Grenadiers when using the soldiers. This tune is also the theme tune for Atkinson's Blackadder Goes Forth.
- The retail version of this episode includes an extra scene where Bean attempts to win the turkey he eventually ended up wearing on his head. The contest being to guess the turkey's weight, he sneaks a pair of scales to the counter; having already weighed himself, he subtracts his weight from the combined weight using a Casio calculator, thus being able to state the turkey's exact weight and winning it.
- All scenes in this episode were shot on videotape, by John Birkin.
- The American version of Bean also contained the turkey joke, although they eventually tried to cook the turkey before the microwave explodes.
- The turkey scene also inspires another Mr. Bean, The Animated Series short called "Dinner for Two".
- The turkey scene could have also inspired the Friends episode The One with All the Thanksgivings where Joey gets a turkey stuck on his head (in a flashback to 1992 surprisingly) and afterwards Monica puts a turkey on her head.
- The episode also has an indirect sequel, in Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean, where the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve seasons intertwine.
- Some of Mr. Bean's art collection, including a famous photo of Shirley Bassey, were later packed and brought along in "Mr. Bean in Room 426", in which Mr. Bean hung his art collection inside his hotel room.
- In this episode, Irma Gobb saw Teddy for the first time, although it was the only time in this series. They would not see each other again until Mr. Bean, The Animated Series, this time with Irma's own female Teddy.
Preceded by Episodes Succeeded by Mr. Bean Rides Again Mr. Bean Mr. Bean in Room 426
Mr. Bean in Room 426
# Airdate Guests 8 1 March 1993 Danny La Rue
Michael Fenton Stevens
Bean stays in a posh hotel where he gets into many escapades. He jumps on the bed, decapitates Teddy when putting him in a drawer, hands the bellhop a cough drop instead of a tip, drills holes in the walls to hang his pictures, turns his television on at full volume, and sneaks into his neighbour's bathroom to have a bath by drilling a hole through the wall behind his wardrobe. On his way to lunch, after finding out the lift is out of order, Mr. Bean is forced to take an unconventional route downstairs to avoid an elderly lady by hanging on the outside of the banister, only to be caught between her and her frail husband. At lunchtime, after pushing through the queue, he copies his neighbour by taking the same food as he and mimicking his movements. But he also saves his oysters for last, which his neighbour discovers to be rotten after Bean has devoured them. That night, he is feeling unwell with a high temperature and has a nightmare about the oysters, in which the waiter he was sat next to and the two men are laughing at him menacingly and the oysters are full of vomit. Waking up in a sweat, Bean removes his pyjamas, but while attempting to sleep, his other neighbour plays loud music. Bean walks out of his room stark naked to knock on the door, but his own door closes, and Bean finds himself accidentally locked out of his room, naked. He manages to get to the ground floor by covering himself with a fire extinguisher and various hotel signboards marked "Private", "Exit", "Out of Order" and "No Entry". He attempts to get down to the lobby and find the spare key, as the manager is distracted by Danny La Rue's show. Bean sneaks into LaRue's spare frock and asks for the spare key when the manager comes back. But Danny sees him and rips a paper ear off his real ear for stealing his frock.
- 14.31 million watched this episode on the original transmission.
- This is the first episode to incorporate only one storyline instead of separate acts / sketches.
- The entire episode is filmed on location in a real hotel. It is also shot entirely on film, as opposed to video tape, through the directorial prowess of Paul Weiland and producer Peter Bennett-Jones.
- The hotel the episode was filmed at was the Queen's Hotel in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
- The elevator percussive organ music Mr. Bean dances to in the hotel lobby resembles the Mario Paint "pushups" song and was used in a WLIW intro.
- Some explicit scenes of Bean naked during the last frantic moments of the episode were edited on later airings for censorship purposes.
- The ending credits read, "Mr. Bean was in Room 426".
- "Homeless" from Mr. Bean, The Animated Series was inspired from this episode.
Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 9 1 March 1993 (originally, replaced by Mr. Bean in Room 426, see below) Nick Scott
Act 1: Bean goes to a funfair at Southsea, Portsmouth, but accidentally leaves his Mini's boot unlocked, and the handle pulls a baby's pram with it to the funfair. Once Bean notices the "kidnapped" baby, he sees no choice but to look after it while enjoying himself.
Act 2: After a series of misfortunes involving a dodgem, a large dog and the baby's pram, Mr. Bean decides to go off on his own, leaving the baby in a Postman Pat kiddie ride with nine coins in it while he gets bored on a roller coaster, shoots an arrow at a stall tender and attempts to cheat in a games arcade. (When he does win, a young boy steals his prize). Meanwhile, a huge queue builds up by Postman Pat. Eventually he is forced by a disgruntled mother who curses at him to retrieve the baby when he comes to put more coins in the ride.
Act 3: Bean then notices that there is a smell coming from the baby. He realises that its nappy needs changing, and manages to remove it near the entrance to a ride. Unable to find any fresh nappies, he rips open a girl's teddy bear and uses that as a makeshift nappy. Unfortunately the dirty nappy takes a haphazard journey across the amusement park, landing in the faces of several people along the way, eventually ending its journey when it lands on a young man's candy apple (toffee apple). While trying to play with the baby, the large dog (from Act 2) appears again. Bean manages to get rid of it by baiting it with a squeaky toy and locking it in a small building.
Act 4: Later, after winning a goldfish at a game booth, Mr Bean is forced to keep the fish in his mouth after splitting the bag. However, he accidentally swallows it after winning at Bingo then subsequently splutters it across the room into a bowl with another goldfish.
Act 5: After the bingo game, he cannot stop the child from crying and decides to buy a huge bunch of helium-filled balloons to cheer it up. However, the balloons lift the baby and pram into the air. Bean is forced to use his archery skills and manages to burst just the right number of balloons with one shot. This results in the pram making a soft landing beside the baby's mother, who is overjoyed to get her baby back, although confused by the teddy bear nappy that Bean had put on it earlier. Meanwhile, Bean drives off in his Mini—which, unknown to him, is also carrying the large dog, having escaped from the building.
- The entire episode is filmed on location at Clarence Pier, Southsea, Portsmouth.
- Originally intended to be shown on 1 March 1993, owing to the abduction and murder of James Bulger.
- Despite being shown on ITV like all episodes, the original transmission of this episode did not include an advertisement break. It also did not include acts.
- A clip of the scene where Mr. Bean puts the balloons on the pram was shown to illustrate the expected result of a myth in MythBusters; the myth was that an obscene amount of balloons could lift a small child into the sky. It was proven to be plausible, although an unpractically large amount of balloons were needed.
- Although the situation in the relevant scene is that the nappy is dirty/soiled, when Mr. Bean removes it, it actually seems clean and likewise when the 'dirty' nappy goes into the people's faces it also seems clean and not soiled.
- The part where Mr. Bean saves the baby from drifting off into the sky is a possible inspiration for the Mr. Bean animated series episode "Car Trouble" where Mr. Bean brings a little boy down from the sky back to earth.
- One of only two episodes since Teddy's introduction in The Trouble with Mr. Bean where Teddy did not appear at all in the episode (the other being Back to School, Mr. Bean).
Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guest 10 15 October 1994 Robert Austin Rupert Vansittart
Act 1: Bean invites his two best friends Rupert and Hubert for a New Year's party, but bores them so much that when he goes to prepare a snack, Twiglets (which are actually twigs coated with Marmite) and sugared vinegar as a substitute for champagne, they turn his clock in the living room to midnight, singing "Auld Lang Syne" to celebrate the new year, and then leave, saying that they are tired. However, they merely go into the apartment across the hall, where a swinging New Year's party is taking place. Bean is in bed when the real New Year begins. His blood boils with anger when he finds out Rupert and Hubert have deceived him and attended a larger party next door. However, Hubert forgets his hat in Bean's apartment (see act four).
Act 2: Bean arrives at Arding and Hobbs department store to take full advantage of the January sales. Other people have queued overnight to get there first, however Bean manages to jump the queue and annoy everyone in the process by exposing the figure in the sleeping bag at the head of the queue as a fake he placed there the night before. He then enters the store.
Act 3: Later, Bean has bought several items including the chair, paint cans and an assortment of brushes and mops. After strapping the chair to the roof and squeezing everything else inside the car he realises there's no room left for himself. He then has an idea. Bean successfully constructs a way of remotely driving the car from the chair attached to the roof, and embarks on a daredevil driving expedition, which goes incredibly well until he ends up on a steep decline and his only braking device is to run the car into a parked van filled with pillow feathers.
Act 4: Bean decides to give his flat a makeover. He first realises that moving a table is impractical, as he can no longer put objects on it through the hole in the kitchen wall. Bean's solution - just move the hole. He then decides to paint his room white, resorting to using Teddy's head as a paintbrush when he finds the bristles of the brush are ruined. He quickly tires of using this method as he ends up getting paint on things. Bean's solution - he covers everything in his room (including each individual grape in his fruit bowl) in newspaper and plants a super-firework in a can of white paint, ignites the firework, and runs out of the room. Bean returns to find his newly invented paint bomb worked; however, while he was gone, Hubert returned to Bean's flat for his hat he'd left the night before and got caught in the blast. Bean is shocked to find that there's a trail of white footprints leading out of his flat, and a silhouette of Hubert reaching for his hat is frozen onto a section of wall as the only unpainted area.
- The MythBusters TV show ran tests to see if it was really possible to cover an entire room with paint by exploding a firework in a paint can. However, his method was proven impossible by the test.
- Tiger Television was renamed Tiger Aspect Productions.
- Bean appears to have moved flat for a third time.
- Bean's duvet cover is of Thunderbirds.
- SBC was restructured into a new holding company and new owner parents by Singapore International Media (SIM) to own our television and radio businesses under the names of Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12). STV12 was our television company for international multi sports and knowledge geography programmes. TCS operates Fifth Frequency and Eighth Frequency while TV12 operates Twelfth Frequency.
- Videotape was used entirely for this episode and later Mr. Bean episodes because of the high cost of film. John Birkin returned as the director.
- The scene where Bean removes the control cover on the chair and switches the wires around was adapted for The Inventor in the Mr. Bean animated series.
- The episode is an indirect sequel to Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean, with the first act connecting between the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve seasons.
- Rupert's "driving" gesture (to signify the warning "Don't Drink and Drive") when Bean tried to give him the sugared vinegar (wine) is a reference of Bean's earlier use of the gesture on "The Return of Mr. Bean".
- Although this episode and Back to School Mr. Bean were first aired in 1994, they were still copyrighted by Tiger Aspect for the year 1993.
- Since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997, the part of Act 4 where Bean decapitates her picture whilst cutting a new serving hatch has been cut, only showing Prince Charles, whose head he cuts through with the jigsaw.
Back to School Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 11 21 November 1994 David Schneider
Act 1: This outing follows Mr. Bean attending an open school day: Unable to park his car, he spots a similar-looking Mini and substitutes the cars. During his time at the open day he confuses a band of cadets by coughing and causing them to respond by standing in unusual ceremonial stances, gets in other people's way, messes up a stamp album, distracts and frightens a calligrapher, and gets paper stuck to his body after using a Van de Graaff generator. When a weaving lady takes the offending piece of paper, the static electricity causes her skirt to rise up and cover her upper body, revealing her legs. Bean promptly exits the scene.
Act 2: In the chemistry laboratory, Bean experiments with several chemicals and makes an unstable chemical reaction, eventually causing a violent explosion, with blue smoke emerging from the laboratory. Bean manages to escape in time, but a younger student is not so fortunate and is later seen covered head to toe in a blue chemical powder.
In a still-life art class, Mr Bean is shocked and appalled at having to draw a nude woman model, and promptly fashions a brassiere by taping together clay pots and strings to put on her, allowing him to draw her without embarrassment.
Later, at a judo lesson, a frightened Bean is reluctant to allow himself to be thrown, but ultimately manages to confuse his teacher (David Schneider) by running behind him during the bowing process and roll him up in a mat. However, when changing back into his regular clothes, he finds that he has swapped trousers with someone else (Christopher Ryan) and goes on a long search for his own ones. In the gentlemen's toilets, he spots them, cleverly seeing his name on the label while the wearer is sitting on the toilet. Bean distracts the man, frantically grabs him by the legs and forces the trousers off him, as well as his underwear, which he throws back to the man—though it ends up falling down the toilet.
Act 3: Just as Mr Bean exits the school, there is an announcement over the loudspeaker saying that there will be a demonstration shortly. Mr Bean walks over to where he parked his car at the beginning of the day, but soon realises it is not where he parked it. After looking, he sees his car in the middle of the carpark, with a lot of people watching it from behind. Unbothered by this, Bean makes to get into his car, but on the way, he is distracted by a woman's cake stall set up near his car. He walks over to the stall and buys a cupcake, unaware that a giant army tank has just appeared on the parking lot and is now driving over his car with a huge crushing noise. This does not bother Bean. After the tank leaves, Bean turns around, does a double take, drops his cake on the ground, and walks over to his Mini slowly with a sad look on his face. After the credits roll we see that all is not lost for the Mini, as Bean finds that the padlock he uses to lock his car with is not damaged. He smiles and walks off.
- It is not disclosed to the viewer what Mr. Bean did with the lock he salvaged (on the Best Bits of Mr. Bean Video/DVD, he is seen with the lock, still working, yet loose, as he used it to remember this episode/life stage), it is only assumed that Bean claimed the Mini that should have been crushed by the tank as his own. However, an identical Mini does appear in later episodes complete with padlock, bolt and the original registration plate (SLW 287R).
- The art class scene in Act 2 inspires one short on the animated version of Mr. Bean called "Artful Bean", while one part of Act 1 where Mr. Bean tried to use the Van de Graaff generator is also seen in the short "Gadget Kid".
- Portions of the art class scene involving the backless, nude woman model were cut on the Disney Channel, as well as Nickelodeon.
- The whole episode was shot in a real school - (Waldergrave School For Girls, in Twickenham, Middlesex.)
- The Mini identical to Mr. Bean's possibly inspired the animated episode "Double Trouble".
- The tank appears to be a Challenger I.
- Although this episode and Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean were first aired in 1994, they were still copyrighted by Tiger Aspect for 1993.
- One of only two episodes since Teddy's introduction in The Trouble with Mr. Bean where Teddy did not appear at all in the episode (the other being Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean).
- The very end of Act 1 where Bean gives the paper and the lady's dress goes up is cut in the DVD'S.
Tee Off, Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 12 20 September 1995 Grant Masters
Act 1: Bean goes to the launderette to wash his clothes, an inflatable dragon (which is still inflated), some fluffy dice, a lamp shade, a doormat and his Teddy, but Bean sees that the wash no longer costs £2 and costs £3. He gets intimidated by a man who takes his washing machine and frequently makes threatening gestures towards him. Bean realises he's wearing underwear he wanted to wash so he stands behind a partition to change out of them, accidentally getting his trousers mixed up with a lady's skirt. This escalates the taunting from the bully so Bean decides to get revenge on him. He substitutes the bully's soap detergent with black coffee. Unfortunately, Bean is forced to drink some detergent to disguise the fact he switched the cups. This works, and when the bully's martial arts gear emerges severely stained from the wash, he blames the owner of the launderette. Later, after retrieving his mutated washing (including a shrunken Teddy) from the drier, Bean needs to retrieve his trousers from the lady's washing. He resorts to climbing into a drier to find them just as the lady returns and closes it (and starts it) with Bean still inside.
Act 2: Bean plays a game of 'Krazy Golf'. He scores a hole-in-one on the first hole then on the second hole he hits the ball onto open grass. The owner forces him to obey a rule of having to get the ball back to the course by only touching it with his club. He then hits the ball out of the golfing grounds and this takes Bean on a very elaborate journey as the ball ends up on a London Country Leyland National bus, inside a lady's shopping bag, on a boy's ice cream, up the exhaust pipe of a Proton car, down a sewer, on a rubbish cart and finally onto a village green. Bean hitchhikes a lift back to the golf course with the ball still on the patch of turf it landed on, which Bean cut out of the green. As the sun sets, he finally taps the ball into the hole with a final score of 3,425 shots over par for that hole, though the number he is seen hitting on screen is much fewer than that.
- The Vauxhall Omega car that stops to give Bean a lift has music playing on the car stereo, the music is the (already established) theme tune to The Vicar of Dibley, another Richard Curtis comedy. The music was also composed by Howard Goodall.
- Bean drinking the detergent and getting in the drier are usually edited out of repeats on children’s channel Nickelodeon UK.
- Reliant gag - Bean attempts to hitchhike back to the golf course, the first car that approaches is the blue Reliant. Evidentially in an effort to reconcile their differences the Reliant driver pulls over and opens the passenger door. Bean pretends he's not seen him and the Reliant drives off. During this scene, a keyboard-only version of the original Mr. Bean theme song was being played.
- Different theme song performance, done by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (this version was later used in the opening of the 1999 documentary "The Story of Bean").
- After Mr Bean gets £1 from his zipper, he forgot to close it after and leaves his zipper still open.
- Act 1 did inspire the short "Spring Clean" from the animated series, while its conclusion where Mr. Bean went inside the washing machine is also seen on "Goldfish".
- Even though Bean wrote down his score for Hole #2 as "3,427" his score was actually 41 (39 over par).
- The Miniature Golf course is close to Boulters Lock in Maidenhead - just south of the junction between Ray Mead Road and Derek Road.
Goodnight Mr. Bean
# Airdate Guests 13 31 October 1995 Elizabeth Bennett
Act 1: Bean has to go to hospital after getting his hand stuck in a teapot, but becomes impatient while waiting his turn. His number ticket was 76, and the digital counter showed 22. First, he starts a fight to clear two men from the queue, then steals a lower-numbered ticket (52) from a more seriously injured patient and overturns a digital counter (so that 25 looks like 52), but eventually manages to lose his place anyway. After starting another fight with the same two men from earlier, Bean gets to the front of the queue and pulls out a ticket, but is shocked to find that it is a larger number. Frustratedly, he throws his ticket into the dustbin, only to get his other hand caught in the dustbin. He is compelled to pull out another ticket, using his mouth.
Act 2: Bean enters a museum, photographs the inside of a dustbin, and pries a sundial off its stand so that he can place his camera on it and get a photo of himself with a Queen's Guard. He irritates the Guard by dressing him up with flowers and other things, trims the Guard's moustache, and impales his Teddy on the Guard's bayonet. Just before he can take the photo, the charge is called, and the Guard walks away, Teddy and all, just before the camera snaps the photo. A photo of Bean chasing after the Guard was taken at the end of this act.
Act 3: Bean prepares for bed, then puts Teddy to sleep and turns off the light with a pistol, but has trouble falling asleep. He scares away noisy cats outside his window by disguising himself as a dog and barking, then watches a televised chess match and is nearly asleep when the television channel replaces the chess match with loud rock and roll music. Finally he takes out a picture of a flock of sheep and begins counting them, first with his finger and then, after losing count a few times, with the aid of a calculator. When he sees the number of sheep on the calculator display he promptly falls asleep, and the credits roll. As the credits end he rolls out of bed and falls to the floor with a thump.
- This was the last episode produced for ITV.
- Features the alternate theme song performance, by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (this version was later used in "The Story of Bean" documentary opening).
- Mr. Bean yet again appears to have moved to a new flat.
- One scene on Act 3 involving Mr. Bean firing a pistol to an incandescent lamp to turn it off was removed on some children's channels due to the violent nature of this scene.
- A scene in Act 2 where Bean covered the penis of the naked statue of an angel with plastic for censorship purposes before it was pictured was also recycled in the Mr. Bean, The Animated Series episode "Art Thief". The other episode "Big TV" also featured Bean turning on his television with a glove attached to a broomstick, as referenced on the latter part of Act 3.
Hair by Mr. Bean of London
# Airdate Guests 14 15 November 1995 Colin Wells Frederick Treves
Act 1: Bean goes to Derrick's barber shop for a haircut. Just as he is about to have the cut, the barber has to take a long telephone call. While he waits, three other customers come in assuming Mr. Bean is the new hairdresser, and he ends up cutting their hair very awfully (giving a mother's child an ape-like haircut (which the child is thrilled with), cutting off a man's pony tail, and replacing an older man's elderly hair with hair cut from long ago). They later return and blame Derrick for their strange haircuts, while Mr. Bean sneaks off hiding his face under a calendar of Prince Charles (with the customer whose hair was replaced with the cut hair greeting him as such because he had his glasses off).
Act 2: Bean goes to a fair and cheats at the indoor games. First, he plays the Electro wire by switching it off at the plug. Then he plays "Hit the Headmaster" (in which the late George Webb is the "headmaster") and gets a bit carried away, and starts throwing objects like canned peas and cereal boxes at the "headmaster" (he almost throws a chair, but is stopped thanks to a nearby teacher). Later, Bean enters a dog show and uses his Teddy as his pet; he wins a huge bone but gets a jar of honey for Teddy, throwing the bone back into the tent and creating mayhem among the kids and the dogs.
Act 3: Bean goes to a railway station. Unfortunately, he has lost his ticket, and decides to sneak past the guards. After numerous failed attempts to sneak past the guards, he hides inside a mailbag and crawls towards the gate. While the guards are gone, Bean climbs up the gate, but two train officers walk by and turn the gate over. Bean crawls out of the gate and celebrates, thinking that he made it through, but ends up falling onto the train tracks. While Bean recovers, a train worker appears and puts two boxes and the mailbag (with Bean still inside) into a train destined for Moscow.
- This episode was taped in 1995 as an unaired episode. It was included as an extra on the VHS and DVD releases but was not screened on television until 2005. It appeared on Indonesian television on 29 June 2005, but with regards to a UK airing, the episode first appeared on 20 September 2009, on Nickelodeon UK and Comedy Central Extra, but for some time remained the only full-length Mr Bean episode not to air on UK terrestrial television. This episode was even shown on the Irish television channel RTÉ One in 2005 before being broadcast on any British television channel, and was also shown on ABC in Australia and TV3 in New Zealand. It has since been broadcast on ITV.
- Act 1 inspired a short on Mr. Bean, The Animated Series called "Haircut".
- The intro used the original introductory song, by the Choir of Southwark Cathedral, but it was incorrectly credited to the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford at the end of the episode.
- Act 3 was actually a continuation of Act 4 of a prior Mr. Bean episode Mr. Bean Rides Again.
- On the door of the railway coach next to the English inscription of Moscow we see some pseudo-Cyrillic baloney instead of Москва.
- At the railway station, on the wall in the background is a billboard for The Beatles' single "Baby It's You".
- Co-writer Robin Driscoll made a cameo appearance as the railway guard, his first since Mr. Bean Goes to Town.
The Best Bits of Mr. Bean
The Best Bits of Mr. Bean is a feature length episode released on VHS in December 1995, which includes clips from various episodes in the series and new especially recorded footage.
Mr. Bean and Teddy go into the loft in search of an umbrella. Whilst looking, Bean uncovers a piece of paper with a smile showing teeth and 9.00 written under it, from the episode "The Trouble With Mr. Bean". After a flashback of his ordeal with Mr. Peggitt, Bean opens a basket, takes out a saxaphone and pretends to play a tune, remembering the time he helped a busker in "The Return of Mr. Bean". Bean then takes out two baubles and remembers his frolic with the turkey in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean".
After the Christmas flashback, Bean tries to introduce Teddy to "Mr. Spider", a rubber figure on a fake web in the loft. However, Bean ends up accidentally throwing Teddy through the hatch and out of the loft. As Bean retrieves it, he has a flashback of his fear of the swimming pool's high diving board and subsequent escape from the car park in "The Curse of Mr. Bean". Mr. Bean then brings Teddy back into the loft using a vacuum cleaner and closes the hatch. After remembering packing for his holiday in "Mr. Bean Rides Again", Bean looks at the window and sees that it's still raining, and as he turns around, he nearly trips over a brush and a mop tied together. He examines them, and remembers using them to drive his Mini in a bizarre way in "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean".
Bean then notices a cable running across the loft's floor. He pulls the wire out the floor, with the sound of a television coming closer. He then looks behind him and gets a scare when he sees the television aerial, therefore noticing he is actually pulling up his television, and drops it in scare, smashing the screen on the floor below. He then sees a church book and starts singing a church song as he remembers "Mr. Bean", when he fell asleep during a sermon out of boredom.
Bean looks in a blue crate, finding a boomerang, which he throws away, but it keeps coming back to him. He then sees his black pants and tries to zip up the zipper, but can't, and he suddenly remembers his regrettable incident with the Queen in "The Return of Mr. Bean".
After that flashback ends, fed up with the boomerang coming back to him, he throws it out the window. He then sees a Pink Panther doll in the crate and remembers his maths exam in "Mr. Bean".
Bean goes over to another part of the loft, and sees a white sheet with flowers on it. Thunder and lightning flash outside as Bean remembers his Mini being crushed by a tank in "Back to School, Mr. Bean". After the flashback, Bean views the undamaged parts of the Mini, which have been neatly arranged in the loft. Bean respectfully covers it again with the white sheet and the flowers, then steps back and salutes it. Bean then finds his umbrella, but the rain stops and the sun comes out. Disappointed, Bean walks away from the window. After he does, the boomerang comes back and stops by the window.
Also unseen on television were a number of short sketches. "The Library" was presumably intended for inclusion in an earlier episode, while "The Bus Stop" and "The Chair" were continuations of scenes in "Mr. Bean Rides Again" and "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", respectively.
- The Library
Mr. Bean visits a rare book library, where he reads a rare tome that must be handled with gloves. Soon after he uses a pencil and a crayon to copy a page of the book by shading on a piece of tracing paper, he sneezes, and the tracing paper slips away. He doesn't notice this, and continues to use a crayon for shading, but on the book instead of the tracing paper. When he notices this, he attempts to remove the crayon marks — first by erasing, and then by using correction fluid, but eventually ends up tearing out the pages he has defiled. To neaten up the stubs of the pages he has torn out, he uses a boxcutter knife, but doesn't notice that while doing so, he cuts other pages. His final solution is to swap his book with that of someone else at his table; this plan is working - Bean leaves, and the librarian discovers that the book the other visitor has is damaged - but then Bean returns to retrieve his Dennis the Menace and Gnasher bookmark from his original book and is subsequently caught red-handed. A similar scene was later included in the film adaptation: Bean, when after sneezing on a priceless portrait, his attempts to clean it escalate into destroying the painting.
- The Bus Stop
Mr. Bean waits at a bus stop behind a man. When the bus arrives, the man gets on, but the driver turns Bean away, as there are no more seats. Determined to be the first in line for the next bus, Bean tries to cut ahead of a woman (Matilda Ziegler) with a baby carriage, who gets in line ahead of Bean when he steps away for a moment, and a blind man (Robin Driscoll). Bean tries everything to make sure he is at the front of the line, including pushing the baby carriage away and imitating the bus so the blind man will leave the queue, which nearly results in the man getting run over. Bean succeeds in getting to the front and several people join the end of the line just as the bus arrives. However, it turns out Bean's efforts have been in vain, as the bus driver, somehow aware of Bean's desperation, deliberately stops the bus a little further down, thus making the end of the line into the front. As expected, the driver spitefully pushes Bean off the bus, and Bean is forced to wait for another one. This sketch contains no laughter track, as it was not shown to a live audience.
- The Chair
Mr. Bean is shopping in a department store, when he sees a chair that he wishes to purchase. Upon approaching the reclining chair, he discovers that a sales assistant is already demonstrating its features to an elderly couple. In an attempt to fool them into thinking it's broken, he unplugs it, which is almost immediately noticed by the assistant. Bean then sneaks up to a control panel on the chair's arm and fiddles about with a screwdriver. As the elderly woman tries out the reclining feature this time, it folds over, sandwiching her in the middle, unheard by her hearing-impaired husband only a couple of metres away. This scene is seen on syndicated versions of the episode "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean".
Comic Relief sketches
A number of short sketches for the Comic Relief telethon have also been produced. The first four were included on a VHS release entitled "Comic Relief - Pick Of The Nose", released in 1997 on BBC Video. "Mr Bean's Wedding" was released on the DVD release "Mr. Bean - The Complete Collection".
- I Want To Be Elected
Aired during the 1992 telethon, and in the run-up to the general election. In the sketch, Bean stands for Parliament as the single member of "The Bean Party". He makes fun of the ruthless campaigning used by some activists, and forces his way into peoples' homes or buys their votes by offering them money or televisions. He also ticks his poster on a coffin that is being taken to a waiting hearse, and after being spotted by a press photographer, gives a lollipop to a random child, then forcibly takes it back after the photographer departs, and finally replaces the ballot box with the one bought by himself, full of votes for him only. In the background a band called 'Smear Campaign', featuring Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, plays the Alice Cooper song "Elected".
- Mr. Bean's Red Nose Day
Aired during the 1993 telethon. In the sketch, Mr. Bean is in a police station because his car has been broken into. He wears a red nose and has other red nose items including a mug and a codpiece. He reveals to the policewoman, through the use of written signs, that he is doing a sponsored silence, sponsored tea drinking, sponsored codpiece wearing, and sponsored Madonna impression - presumably to raise money for Red Nose Day charities. When the policewoman is out of the room, Bean answers the phone but the caller hangs up since Bean does not speak. Bean then dons a blonde wig and, upon the policewoman's return, reveals his sponsored Madonna impression. The policewoman proceeds to interview Bean about the robbery, which he answers in mime. The policewoman appears to enjoy herself as if playing a game of charades. After the interview, the policewoman asks until when Bean must stay silent. He has only two minutes remaining. She offers to sponsor him twenty pounds if he makes it through. The generous offer prompts him to respond with an excited, "Oh, thank you!" This causes him to have effectively failed at his silence attempt.
- Blind Date
Aired during the 1995 telethon. The sketch features a spoof of the popular series Blind Date. Posing as an eligible bachelor, Mr. Bean answers the questions posed by a potential date with utter, and ridiculous, honesty, then makes a shambles of a romantic getaway in an English countryside hotel, which is the prize for winning. A young Alan Cumming can be seen as Bachelor #2.
- Torvill & Bean
Aired during the 1996 telethon. Mr. Bean wreaks his usual havoc when he attends a performance of "Show on Ice". He ends up poising Christopher Dean when he accidentally knocks him out cold in his dressing room, leaving Mr. Bean to take his place alongside Torvill on the skating rink. After a disastrous performance, Christopher goes on stage and punches Mr. Bean, knocking him out. The title is a play on Torvill and Dean, the famous British ice-skating team.
- Mr. Bean's Wedding
Aired during the 2007 telethon. Mr. Bean causes havoc at a wedding by repeating the vows after the priest instead of the groom, resulting in a fight, the bride being struck, and by his alarm clock sounding during the ceremony. Then he runs off. The sketch also starred Michelle Ryan and Matthew Macfadyen and reunited Rowan Atkinson with his former The Thin Blue Line co-star David Haig.
- Mr. Bean's Morning (1995)
Aired on ITV daytime show This Morning. Bean arrives at the Albert Dock car park in time for filming a special TV appearance, however, is unable to find a suitable space. He then accidentally reverses his Mini into a car belonging to Richard and Judy, hurling it into the river. He is then taken into the studio to be interviewed by the pair, where they realise what he has done. They then invite him into the This Morning kitchen, where he causes mayhem while trying to prepare his favourite meal.
- Picture of You (1997)
Bean was featured in the music video for "Picture of You", a song performed by Boyzone, which was featured as the main theme song for the film Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie. In the video, the band arrives on a street, dressed as look-alikes of Bean, ready to perform the song. However, Bean turns up and starts to cause havoc.
- Mr. Bean's Lottery (1997)
Aired on BBC1's National Lottery Results Show. Bean arrives in the studio, and informs the viewers that he is heading to America to star in his film all about his adventures. He then introduces his creation, which is used to select the exact balls on his lottery ticket. He is then refused the winnings by host Bob Monkhouse.
- Sweet Bean (1998)
Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV1 during the summer of 1998. Bean arrives at a bowling alley, only to be heckled by a group of M&M's due to his poor bowling ability. He then decides to pick one of them up and bowl it, which in turn, results in a strike. The rest of the M&Ms then decide to leave, while Bean looks on in pleasure.
- Driving Bean (1998)
Only ever aired in Japan. Bean drives around the streets of Japan showing off his new Nissan Tino, but manages to offend the hierachy's security guards when he smurks at them while driving past. He later takes the car back to the showroom and asks for a refund, despite claiming it is a fantastic car.
- Bean In Japan (1999)
Only ever aired in Japan. Bean appears on Japanese television for an interview, and instead of embracing the culture, manages to embarass himself by sticking chopsticks up his nose and falsely translating the japanese language. He is then escorted off set for his tomfoolery and is told never to return to Japan.
- Bean On Camera (1999)
Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV1 during the summer of 1999. Bean goes to a photo shop in order to buy a new camera. When he gets home, he tries to take a photo of Teddy, who subsequently keeps falling out of shot. He then decides to turn his attentions to a budgerigar, but instead only succeeds in trapping it in it's cage.
- Dr. Bean (2004)
Aired during the first episode of The Dame Edna Treatment. Bean arrives at a local spa, and poses as a doctor in an attempt to gain access to the sauna and relaxation room. However, the female receptionist works out what he is up to, and manages to subdue him before he gets a chance to speak to Dame Edna.
- Evening Class Bean (2004)
Aired during a 2004 episode of Blue Peter. Bean enlists the help of the Blue Peter team in order to help him construct a fireworks safety film for a new evening class project he is undertaking. When he later arrives at the class, he disposes of the film and instead begins to plug a series of new DVDs featuring himself.
- Holiday Bean (2007)
Aired during a 2007 episode of Blue Peter. Bean invites the Blue Peter team to look at his holiday snaps he had taken while he was filming on the set of Mr. Bean's Holiday. However, Bean's camera breaks down, and instead shows a series of clips from the film.
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