The Curse of Mr. Bean is the third episode in the live-action TV series. It first aired on December 30, 1990.
Act One: The Swimming Pool
Mr. Bean goes to a public swimming pool, where he uses a manual arm to get his ticket at the carpark. Excited, he tries out the highest diving board but when he sees how far down it is he chickens out and keeps trying to hide it not to look scared until two impatient boys push him off by stomping on his hand as he attempts to climb down. Mr. Bean loses his swimming trunks, and is unable to retrieve them as a toddler fishes them out of the pool with her snorkel. Mr. Bean, naked, tries to get back to the changing room unseen and almost succeeds, but the female lifeguard near the changing room turns around just as he hides behind a corner. He then runs to a female changing room but seven women appear behind him out of an archway next to it. As he turns around the women scream and run back to their changing room immediately as he runs off.
Act Two: The Parking Lot
Mr. Bean comes out of the swimming pool to exit but realises he has missed the deadline and can't afford to leave through the exit so he tries to leave via the entrance of the car park but every time he leaves he gets blocked by a car or the barrier goes down too early. Eventually he's had enough, but what a piece of of luck when he sees the Reliant in the distance. Mr. Bean revs his car engine and at last, successfully manages to get out by knocking the Reliant out of the way.
Act Three: Lunch On The Park Bench
Mr. Bean sits on the bench and makes himself a sandwich (Mr. Bean style). After he's done, he sneezes and the sandwich and tea bursts spilling out so the guy next to him kindly offers him one.
Act Three (Continued): The street corner
Mr. Bean sees a cyclist get off his bike at a red light and walk his bike across so he decides to do the same with his car.
Act Four: The movie
Mr. Bean goes to see A Nightmare on Elm Street with his girlfriend Irma, bringing back into the theatre a big paper container of popcorn and she thinks it's for her too but he gives her the tiny one inside. When she tries to take some of his, he smacks her hand getting possessive, later snorting the popcorn in his nose back into the container. He is seen having a sip of juice from a straw inside his jumper. Before and throughout the movie he keeps trying to frighten her and the man on his left in his own silly ways. Getting tired of waiting, he whines out loud "Come on!" and that's when it gets dark so he starts making owl noises. Then he's the one getting terrified by the movie so he covers his eyes, puts his jumper over his head, and puts the popcorn container over his head while everyone else gets spooked by the movie. Once the movie is over and people are leaving, Irma has her jacket on her back and he grabs her sleeve and freaks out (thinking she lost her arm).
Behind the scenes
- Reliant gags - Mr. 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. This same scene is re-created in the animated series episode, Car Wars, except the roles are reversed in the animated version.
- 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.
- 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 Four inspires one episode of the animated series called "Scaredy Bean".
- The scene where naked Mr. Bean accidentally exposes himself to the female swimmers was cut in Nickelodeon airings in the UK and in Disney Channel Asia and was been frozen in former Philippine airings, with the shot later cropped in future airings.
- This makes the first episode where a scene was cut in some airings. Second is Mr. Bean in Room 426 (where he walks around the hallways naked), third is Back to School, Mr. Bean (where a woman's panties gets accidentally exposed after Mr. Bean gave her the blue paper that got stuck on his hands) and fourth is Goodnight, Mr. Bean (where he picks up a toy gun and shoots the light bulb).
- Angus Deayton (who frequently collaborated with Rowan Atkinson prior to the show) plays two roles in this episode; one of the lifeguards at the pool and the man on the park bench who witnesses Mr. Bean trying to make his sandwich.
|Mr. Bean • The Return of Mr. Bean • The Curse of Mr. Bean • Mr. Bean Goes to Town • The Trouble with Mr. Bean • Mr. Bean Rides Again • Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean • Mr. Bean in Room 426 • Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean • Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean • Back to School, Mr. Bean • Tee Off, Mr. Bean • Goodnight, Mr. Bean • Hair by Mr. Bean of London • The Best Bits of Mr. Bean|
|The Library • The Bus Stop • The Chair|
|Mr. Bean's Red Nose Day • Blind Date • Torvill & Bean • Mr. Bean's Wedding • Funeral|
|Bean • Mr. Bean's Holiday|
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