The Trouble with Mr. Bean

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"The Trouble with Mr. Bean"
Mr. Bean episode
Episode no. Episode 5
Directed by Paul Weiland, John Birkin
Written by Robin Driscoll
Richard Curtis
Rowan Atkinson
Produced by Sue Vertue
Original air date 1 January 1992 (1992-January-01)
Running time 25:23
Guest appearance(s)

Richard Wilson (dentist)
Caroline Quentin (traffic warden)
Sam Mead (schoolboy)
Christine Ellerbeck (schoolboy's mother)
Hugo Mendez (boy in park)
Michael Godley (man in wheelchair)
Nathan Lewis (car thief)
Bridget Brammall (dental nurse)

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"The Trouble with Mr. Bean" is the fifth episode of the television series Mr. Bean, and mainly features two sketches, including a scene in which Mr. Bean changes into his clothes while driving in his car. It is the first episode to feature Bean's cuddly toy, Teddy, featured guest appearances by Richard Wilson and Caroline Quentin, and was one of the highest rated episodes of the programme. It was originally aired on ITV on 1 January 1992.[1]


Act 1: The dentist appointment[edit]

Mr. Bean's alarm goes off at eight o'clock, but he continues to sleep in his bed, ignoring the chimes of his grandfather clock, dunking a battery powered alarm clock into a glass of water, and stopping a hose spraying hot water from his teasmade by plugging it with the big toe on his right foot.[2] Eventually, Bean gets up fifty minutes later, conducts some light exercise, brings out his clothes, and then has difficulty shaving when his electric razor catches his nasal hairs. Upon noticing a reminder that he has a dental appointment, he suddenly realises he is running late, and proceeds to grab his clothes, his shoes, and his toothbrush and toothpaste, and heads for his car, coming back suddenly to ensure his cuddly toy, Teddy, is tucked in bed. Rushing for the appointment, Bean proceeds to get dressed, using a brick on the accelerator for some of the journey alongside his feet for the steering, before eventually brushing his teeth, using the car's screenwash to rinse his mouth out before spitting it out, the contents landing on the backside of a local builder who assumes it is bird droppings.

Arriving at the dental surgery of Dr. A. M. Peggit in the nick of time, Bean parks out front, forcing the blue Reliant out of a reserved parking space. Just as he heads inside, a passing traffic warden makes him notice that a part of his pyjamas is sticking out of his trousers, forcing him to remove it and toss it in his car. Once in the waiting room, he finds nothing good to read other than a comic book in the hands of a young boy, and so tricks the boy's mother into thinking he has wet himself in order to get the comic, only to find he has no time to read it as the dentist is at this point, ready to see him. Inside with Dr. Peggit, Bean causes mayhem behind the dentist's back, knocking the dental chair out of position and being forced to correct it with its controls, and messing about with some of the equipment. Eventually, he accidentally numbs the dentist's leg by stabbing a needle containing a dose of local anaesthetic, causing him to fall over and then pull down an X-ray blocker, knocking him out. Feeling inconvenienced by this, Bean decides to do what the dentist was planning to do – put a filling into his tooth. Although he manages to do this, he soon finds that the holder containing the dental map of his teeth can flip vertically and horizontally, leaving him to drill each tooth and put filling on all of them, effectively causing them to be stuck together. Fortunately, Bean gets a fright when Dr. Peggit wakes up and, satisfied with his own work, he leaves the dentist to enjoy the rest of the day.

Act 2: The picnic[edit]

Heading to the park for a picnic by himself, Bean heads inside for find a spot, and while passing by a boating lake, he spots a young boy having difficulty with his remote controlled boat. Offering to help, he opens up the controller and tweaks the circuitry inside, fixing the problem. Unbeknown to both Bean and the boy, the controller also takes control of an elderly man's electric wheelchair just behind them, which goes wherever the remote control boat goes. After hogging the controller for some time, Bean hands it back to the boy and leaves, just as the now empty wheelchair comes in behind him, pushing the boy into the lake (off-screen) just as Bean finds a nice spot. He soon begins setting up his picnic with a large blanket, a pocket radio, a cake stand, a plate, a bottle of orange juice, a small chair, a book, and a nice iced cupcake complete with a cherry on top. Unbeknown to him, a car thief breaks into his Mini and hotwires it, only to find the steering wheel is missing; Bean had removed it and had it with him in the case containing his picnic stuff.

As Bean prepares to read his book and eat his cake, a wasp suddenly buzzes around his spot and refuses to leave him alone, irritating him. He soon attempts to deal with it as he goes after his cake, swatting at it, jousting with it, chasing it around, and even trying to drown it in his bottle of juice, Bean finally manages to kill it by tricking it into landing on the pages of his book and then quickly closing the book. Satisfied, he soon resumes what he was doing, only to find an entire swarm of wasps coming for him, forcing him to run from his picnic site. Unable to lose them, Bean tosses his cake into a nearby car, unaware that the car thief is now in it, who soon finds himself being targeted by the wasps.


  • Rowan Atkinson – Mr. Bean
  • Richard Wilson – Dr. A. M. Peggit
  • Caroline Quentin – Traffic Warden
  • Sam Mead – Schoolboy
  • Christine Ellerbeck – Schoolboy's mother
  • Hugo Mendez – Boy in park
  • Michael Godley – Man in wheelchair
  • Nathan Lewis – Car thief
  • Bridget Brammall – Dental nurse

Broadcast and reception[edit]

The Trouble with Mr Bean was the highest rated episode of the programme, with an audience of 18.74 million viewers watching the original transmission.[3]


A number of inspired scenes and stories in Mr. Bean, The Animated Series:

  • The scene at the dentist inspired the story for the episode called "Toothache"
  • The scene between Mr. Bean and the wasp inspired a similar event for the episode "Artful Bean".
  • The scene in which Mr. Bean got his shaver stuck on his nasal hair was reused for the episode "Wanted".
  • The scene in which Mr. Bean stopped his coffeemaker waking him by plugging up the hose attached to it that sprayed hot water onto his feet was adapted as part of a scene in clock "Birthday Bear"

A diagram of the clock and hose invention in this episode, also featured in the book Mr Bean's Diary, released in 1993.


  1. ^ "Timeline". Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ The DVD-laser Disc Newsletter. 173-183. DVD-Laser Disc Newsletter. 1999. pp. 42–. ... The Trouble with Mr. Bean, which includes his efforts to defeat an alarm clock, dress himself in his car and visit the dentist, and an interlude with a model boat in a park, and Mr. Bean Rides Again, a potpourri episode in which he tries to help a ... 
  3. ^ "Resources – 1992 – Top 10 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 

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