Are You Right There, Father Ted?

Are You Right There, Father Ted?

Infobox Television episode
Title = Are You Right There, Father Ted?
Series = Father Ted

Caption = Ted gestures behind a perfectly square bit of black dirt on the window
Season = 3
Episode = 1
Airdate = 13 March, 1998
Production =
Writer = Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews
Director = Andy DeEmmony
Guests = Patrick Kavanagh (Fr Seamus Fitzpatrick),
Ozzie Yue (Sean Yin),
Vernon Dobtcheff (Old Nazi),
Peter Sakon Lee (Yin son),
Ann Callanan (Mrs. Carberry),
Eamon Rohan (Colm),
Des Keogh (Older Priest),
Simon Nelson (Younger Priest)
Denis Quilligan (Accountant),
Frank Keane (Delivery Man),
Royan Lee (Man in Audience)
Episode list = List of Father Ted episodes
Prev = A Christmassy Ted
Next = Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep

"Are You Right There, Father Ted?" was the 1st episode of the third series of the Channel 4 television sitcom "Father Ted", and the 18th episode overall.


In the episode's prologue (a first for the series), Ted - ostensibly promoted for some reason - relaxes in a luxurious Dublin parish mansion, with a respected clergyman after an exhausting business trip to Paris, bartering over which masses the pair will tend to that day. Ted awaits his dinner of pheasant and optimistically muses over his immediate future. All of a sudden, a church accountant asks Ted about a discrepancy with church expenses... and Ted is promptly sent back to Craggy Island, to Dougal's delight.

As the episode proper begins Ted - after settling in - returns a borrowed copy of Stephen King's The Shining to a friend, Father Seamus Fitzpatrick, and is surprised by his sizeable collection of Nazi memorabilia (his collection more resembles a shrine to the Third Reich, along with a former Nazi veteran). On Ted returning home Mrs. Doyle injures her back after falling off the roof. Because of this, Ted and Dougal are forced to assume her cleaning tasks, and quickly become very bored. To liven things up, Ted places a lampshade on his head like a coolie hat, and starts imitating a Chinaman. Unfortunately, he looks out the window and sees three Chinese watching him, and before long, rumours that Ted is racist are flying all over Craggy Island; most of his honest attempts to prove otherwise are blighted either by incongruous objects or downright ill luck.

After fronting a (laughable) presentation of cultural diversity on Craggy Island Ted resorts to wining the Chinese families and apologising for his mishaps, to a degree of success, mostly due to the provision of free alcohol. Unbeknownst to Ted, however, Father Fitzpatrick had died in a medication mix-up a few days ago (he and his Nazi associate inadvertantly took cyanide pills they mistook for valium) and had left his Nazi collection to Ted, instructing "Habit-Hat" (with whom Ted had ordered furniture recently) to mail the offensive collection to the Parochial House. Mrs. Doyle has already placed the collection on full display by the time Ted and Dougal return - with the Chinese - to the house for a nightcap.

In utter desperation Ted sends more alcohol to the Yin family the following day: unfortunately, Father Jack provides a priceless intervention by emerging in a Nazi uniform from a box, having drunk all the liquor.

Father Jack spends practically the entire episode in small spaces, including inside a grandfather clock, which leads Ted to assume Jack is agoraphobic; which Dougal thinks is a fear of fighting.


*The pub Ted visits is Vaughan's, a real pub in Kilfenora, County Clare.
*Ted's slides feature:
**An unnamed black man who visited the island a few years ago
**The Great Wall of China
**Mao Zedong
**Mr. Miyagi from the film "The Karate Kid" (Mr. Miyagi is actually Japanese, not Chinese)
**A Māori man
**Ming the Merciless, fictional character from "Flash Gordon" (Ming is often criticised as a negative Chinese stereotype)
**Two photographs of groups of Chinese people
**Ted himself
**The words "NOT A RACIST"

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