List of Mr. Bean episodes

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This is an episode guide for the television series Mr. Bean, starring Rowan Atkinson, which ran between 1 January 1990[1] and 15 December 1995.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate[1]
1 "Mr. Bean" John Howard Davies Ben Elton, Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson 1 January 1990
Bean attends a maths exam copies from a student (Paul Bown) and invigilated by (Rudolph Walker), changes into his swimming trunks without a man seeing him and struggles to stay awake during a church service, much to the annoyance of the man he sits next to (Richard Briers).
2 "The Return of Mr. Bean" John Howard Davies Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 5 November 1990
Bean busks to pay a busker (Dave O'Higgins), tries out his new credit card in a department store, orders steak to waiter (Roger Lloyd-Pack) at a restaurant but orders steak tartare by mistake, then tries a million and one ways not to eat it, and then has an unfortunate altercation with Queen Elizabeth II.
3 "The Curse of Mr. Bean" John Howard Davies Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 30 December 1990
Bean visits the local pool where he realises that he is scared of diving, tries to find a way to leave the car park without paying, makes a sandwich in the park sitting next to (Angus Deayton), jumps a traffic light in his car by getting out and pushing it and then takes his girlfriend to watch a scary movie.
4 "Mr. Bean Goes to Town" Paul Weiland, John Birkin Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 15 October 1991
Bean buys a portable television but seems to be having difficulty getting good reception. He then has his camera stolen in the park and later finds a unique way of identifying the culprit (Nick Hancock). After leaving his shoe on top of a car, Bean finds himself hopping around town to retrieve it. Later he finds a novel use of a photo booth and then takes his girlfriend to see a magic show.
5 "The Trouble with Mr. Bean" Paul Weiland, John Birkin Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 1 January 1992
Bean wakes up late and has to drive to his dental appointment on the other side of town, while dressing and brushing his teeth. His appointment progresses badly after he manages to anaesthetise the dentist (Richard Wilson). Later he tries to help a young boy with his remote control boat sending an electric wheelchair out of control. He then tries and fails to have a picnic without being pestered by flies.
6 "Mr. Bean Rides Again" Paul Weiland, John Birkin Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 17 February 1992
Bean tries to save a man suffering from a heart attack but when the ambulance arrives, Bean uses it to jump start his car, inadvertently disabling the ambulance. Later he tries to post a letter and ends up getting locked inside a post box. Bean then packs for a holiday, suffers a noisy man (Stephen Frost) on a train journey and then has to find a way to entertain a sick boy on the plane.
7 "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" John Birkin Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 29 December 1992
Bean finds a miniature nativity scene in Harrods and performs his own take on the birth of Jesus with army troops and Daleks. Later he conducts a brass band and attempts to cook a turkey. He then relaxes for a somewhat reserved Christmas meal with his girlfriend, but has he got her the present she wanted?
8 "Mr. Bean in Room 426" Paul Weiland Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 17 February 1993

Bean treats himself to a weekend in a hotel and seeks competition with his hotel neighbour. After he eats some spoiled oysters, he is confined to a nightmare about them and his neighbour. With his stomach churning, he goes outside of his room to complain to the other neighbour (who is playing loud music) but is locked out. All in all, all hell breaks loose, ending with a certain someone's bottom on show...

Guest stars: Danny La Rue
9 "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean" John Birkin Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 10 January 1994
It is the end of 1993 and Bean is hosting a New Year's Eve party with his own unique style of fun. However it is not long before his guests discover that there is more fun to be had at the flat next door and devise a way of tricking Bean into letting them go. The following morning Bean tries a spot of DIY and literally starts off the new year with a bang.
10 "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean" Paul Weiland Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 25 April 1994
While visiting Southsea Bean accidentally becomes lumbered with a baby, with no idea of how or where it came from. So he does the honourable thing of treating it to a day at the fun fair. Somehow the baby manages to survive Bean's unique style of mishaps before thankfully being reunited with its mother.
11 "Back to School Mr. Bean" John Birkin Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 26 October 1994
Bean attends an open day at a school and unleashes his usual brand of chaos in the various classes he visits. Despite all his fun, Bean's day takes a somber turn when he discovers that his cherished Mini is not where he left it.
12 "Tee Off, Mr. Bean" John Birkin Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 20 September 1995
After causing chaos in a launderette, Bean tries his hand at Krazy Golf but after being told he can only touch the ball with the club, Bean's poor aim leads him on an elaborate tour around town before returning to the course several hours later to score 3,427.
13 "Goodnight Mr. Bean" John Birkin Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 31 October 1995
Bean tries to find ways to jump the queue in a hospital waiting room. Later he tries to get his camera to automatically take a picture of him stood next to a Queen's Guard. Unhappy with this he takes advantage of the guards duty to remain still by doing all he can to comically alter his appearance. At the end of the day Bean tries to cure his insomnia with some unusual methods.
14 "Hair by Mr. Bean of London" John Birkin Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson 15 November 1995
Bean ends up holding the fort for his hairdresser and gives several customers terrible haircuts. Bean then attends a fete but cheats at all the games and enters Teddy into a dog show. Later, after a train journey Bean loses his ticket so tries various ways to leave without being seen by the guards. His efforts fail as he ends up on a mail train bound for Moscow.
15 "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean" John Howard Davies Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll with Ben Elton 15 December 1995
It is raining, so Bean ventures into his loft with Teddy to find an umbrella. As he sifts through his stored items he begins to reminisce his past adventures, including his dental appointment, the church service and the time his Mini was crushed by a tank.

Other sketches[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "The Library" 5 November 1990

An unaired sketch that appears only on video. 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 does not notice this, and continues to use a crayon for shading, but on the book instead of the tracing paper. When he finally 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 box-cutter knife, but does not realize 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.

Note: A similar scene was later included in the film adaptation: Bean, when after sneezing on a priceless portrait, Whistler's Mother, his attempts to clean it escalate into destroying the painting.

Guest stars: Paul Brooke and Rex Doyle.
2 "The Bus Stop" 15 November 1991
Mr. Bean waits at a bus stop behind a man; when the bus arrives, the man gets on, but the driver turns Bean away. Determined to be the first in line for the next bus, Bean tries to cut ahead of a woman with a baby carriage (who gets in line ahead of Bean when he steps away for a moment), and a blind man. Soon after Bean manages to get to the front, several people join the end of the line, and the bus arrives. But the bus does not stop in front of Bean, it drives on for another few yards – just far enough so that the end of the line logically becomes the front of the line; everyone but Bean is allowed on the bus, and Bean, now at the end of the line, is left behind again. Judging by the location and setting, this adventure appears to have originally been part of Mr. Bean Rides Again, in which Mr Bean does attempt to board a bus, but perhaps cut for time.

The Chair[edit]

Comic Relief[edit]

A number of short sketches for the Comic Relief telethon have also been produced. The first three 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".

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Mr. Bean's Red Nose Day"[2] 15 March 1991
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 (Matilda Ziegler), 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 hardly even speaks. 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!" – breaking his silence.
2 "Blind Date" 12 March 1993
Bean is a contestant on Blind Date, hosted by Cilla Black, where he does his best to upstage his fellow suitors Rob and Rodney (Alan Cumming) and cheat his way through the show in order to get a date with the beautiful Tracy (Barbara Durkin). He succeeds and in a sketch broadcast later in the telethon we see their date which plays out in true Bean style which, while enjoyable for him, proves less enjoyable for Tracy and fatal for some members of the hotel staff.
3 "Torvill & Bean" 17 March 1995
The title is a play on the names of Torvill and Dean famous British ice-skaters. Mr. Bean wreaks his usual havoc when he attends a performance of "Show on Ice". He ends up posing as 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. This sketch contains no laugh track, since it was not shown to a live audience.
4 "Mr Bean's Wedding"[3] 16 March 2007
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 Alex MacQueen, Michelle Ryan, Matthew Macfadyen and David Haig.

Music videos[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Released
1 Hale and Pace, "The Stonk" 1991
Bean is seen playing the drums in the music video to the official Comic Relief song for the 1991 telethon.
2 Mr. Bean and Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson, "I Want to Be Elected" Paul Weiland 1992
This video was made to accompany the single that was released in support of Comic Relief and aired during 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".
3 Boyzone, "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.

Other appearances[edit]

Rowan Atkinson has appeared in character as Bean in many normally factual television broadcasts, sometimes as a publicity stunt to promote a new episode, DVD or film.

# Event/Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 Going Live! Amanda Gabbitas 1991
Mr. Bean answers question about himself on the Saturday morning magazine show Going Live! with Phillip Schofield.
2 This Morning 1995
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.
3 The National Lottery Draws 1997
Aired on BBC One's National Lottery Results Show. Bean arrives in the studio, and informs the viewers that he is heading to the United States 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.
4 Interview on Japanese television 1999
Only ever aired in Japan. Bean appears on Japanese television for an interview, and instead of embracing the culture, manages to embarrass 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.
5 Blue Peter Safety film 2004
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.
6 The Dame Edna Treatment 2007
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 receptionist works out what he is up to and manages to subdue him before he gets a chance to speak to Dame Edna.
7 Blue PeterMr. Bean's Holiday Promotion 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. Mr. Bean's Holiday is in French Rivera.
8 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 27 July 2012
Rowan Atkinson made a special appearance, in character, as Mr. Bean (though without the suit, tie and brown hair) at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. He pretended to accompany the London Symphony Orchestra in performing the theme from Chariots of Fire while taking pictures with his phone and blowing his nose.[4] In a filmed sequence shown during the performance, Bean daydreams of joining the runners in the movie's iconic scene along West Sands at St. Andrews. He is shown beating the other runners by riding in a car, and then tripping the front runner.[5]

Commercials[edit]

# Product Directed by Written by Original broadcast
1 REMA 1000 1994
Commercials for Scandinavian supermarket chain in Norway. The first sees walking around a store, physically comparing the products he has already bought from another store with those in the store.[6] A second features Bean at the till but he doesn't have enough money. He collects coins from his mini and the floor using a hand-held vacuum cleaner and presents the contents to the cashier but still doesn't have enough. He almost steals a lolly, but when spotted, he pretends that he is giving it to the child in the queue behind him. Bean waits until the child is leaving before stealing it back however the child has already eaten it.[7] A third sees Bean using a home made contraption to scan for cheaper prices while annoying the customers.[8]
2 M&M's 1997
Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV during the summer of 1998. Bean arrives at a bowling alley, only to be heckled by the M&M's 'spokescandies' Red and Yellow due to his poor bowling ability. Bean then decides to pick Red up and bowl him like a bowling ball, which results in a strike.[9]
3 Fujifilm 1999
Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV 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 its cage. Different adverts for the same product also appeared in Japan.
4 Nissan Tino 1999
Only ever aired in Japan. Bean drives around the streets of Japan showing off his new Nissan Tino, but manages to offend the hierarchy's security guards when he smirks 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.[10][11]
4 Snickers Daniel Kleinman 9 October 2014
One in a series of Snickers adverts where the protagonist doesn't perform or behave at their best until they've eaten a Snickers and appears as a completely different person until they've done so. In this one, Bean appears as the pre-Snickers alterego of a martial arts expert almost foiling a raid.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mr Bean - Timeline". mrbean.com. Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mr Bean's Red Nose Day". Comic Relief. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Comic Relief – The Big One". BBC Press Office Archive. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Jill (27 July 2012). "Bumbling Mr Bean brings down the house as he leads orchestra in hilarious rendition of Chariots Of Fire". Daily Mail. 
  5. ^ "Mr Bean's Olympic orchestral appearance" (video). BBC News. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mr Bean funny video: English humor in Norway". YouTube. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mr Bean in REMA 1000 Commercial". YouTube. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mr Bean shopping: weirdo in Norway !". YouTube. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "UK M&M's advert with Mr Bean (1997)". YouTube. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rowan Atkinson - Nissan Ad 1". YouTube. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rowan Atkinson - Nissan Ad 2". YouTube. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ad break: Mr Bean does kung fu, SSE orang-utan". The Guardian. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 

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