The IT Crowd (2006–2013)
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The Work Outing 

Jen's new boyfriend invites Roy, Moss and Jen to a controversial theatre play, which creates a series of misunderstandings that end up having unintended consequences of epic proportions.


Graham Linehan


Graham Linehan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Dowd ... Roy Trenneman
Richard Ayoade ... Maurice Moss
Katherine Parkinson ... Jen Barber
Brett Allen ... Donald
Ash Atalla Ash Atalla ... Rampant Gay Man
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Jerome
Noel Fielding ... Richmond
Lydia Fox ... Laura
Adam G. Goodwin Adam G. Goodwin ... Barman
Gavin Keenan Gavin Keenan ... Singer
Jamie Michie ... Philip
Guy Porritt Guy Porritt ... Policeman
David Schaal ... Dec
Adrian Schiller ... Judge
Kim Wall ... Manager


Jen is thrilled when the handsome Philip asks her out to the theatre though less so when Roy and Moss also invite themselves along. The play in question is 'Gay', a screamingly camp musical which Moss loves but Jen begins to question Philip's sexuality and is not flattered when he confesses he fancies her because she looks like a man. Roy meanwhile fakes an accident in the disabled toilet which results in his being loaded into a mini-van bound back to Manchester with other disabled play-goers and Jen is surprised to see Moss working behind the bar after he used the staff toilet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 August 2007 (UK) See more »

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Katherine Parkinson (Jen Barber) and Jamie Michie (Philip) end up working together, albeit briefly in an episode of the TV show 'Humans'. They play Laura Hawkins and Constable respectively. See more »


When Philip is introduced to Moss, Jen and Roy, he immediately detects that Roy is Irish.

This cannot be possible because Roy mumbles "Hello" so softly that the audience can barely hear him. It's not possible for Philip to have heard him very well or to have determined from the single word that he was from Ireland. See more »


Roy: [talking about Philip] It's just, I don't know many heterosexual men who read Heat.
Jen: So, what? He's gay? Just because he reads Heat magazine?
Roy: Hmmm, well, he's either gay or a woman in her early twenties.
Jen: No, no no no no no no. Why else would he ask me out on a date?
Roy: Are you sure he meant it as a date-date? Are you sure you're not going along as his 'gal pal'?
Moss: If you're talking about who I think you're talking about, then the answer is yes. He is gay.
Jen: How do you know?
Moss: Oh, everyone knows. And ...
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References The Bill (1984) See more »


The IT Crowd Theme
Performed by Sid & The Comeds
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One of the best sitcom episodes of all time
15 April 2012 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

Besides being the best IT CROWD episode of the series, I think that "The Work Outing" stands alongside some of the best sitcom half-hours of TV history.

The first series had established the groundwork of the three main characters, but had confined them to their workspace. But writer/director Graham Linehan opens up this season two premiere by "opening up" the physical space and taking his team to a theatre for the performance of "Gay: The Musical." The bits of the musical that we're allowed to see contain the wackiest songs since "Elephant!" (from "The Tall Guy") or "Springtime for Hitler" (from "The Producers"), but what's even funnier are the situations that Jen, Moss and Roy get involved in while on their "outing." The comic timing of this episode, and the clever way that Linehan builds the pay-offs to his gags, are priceless.

You might also want to pause your DVD on the theatre poster, where you'll see the names of many of the crew listed as part of the cast.

It's a bit more like "Seinfeld" than "The IT Crowd," but it's consistent with what we already know about the characters. I've watched this episode several times and never tire of it.

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