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The Return of Mr. Bean
Season 1990 - 1995, Episode Two
The-Return-of-Mr-Bean
Air date November 5, 1990
Written by Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, Rowan Atkinson
Directed by John Howard Davies
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The Return of Mr. Bean is the second episode in the live-action TV series. It first aired on November 5, 1990.

Plot

Act One: The Busker

Mr. Bean sees a busker playing a saxophone and wants to drop some change in his case. He thinks that giving him a change will allow him to get access to the tunnel. When he finds he has no change (and avoids using his paper bill), he places his handkerchief on the ground and starts dancing to the saxophone music; an elderly woman stops by and leaves him a coin, which he then drops into the saxophonist's case and continues into the tunnel.

Act Two: Shopping

Bean tries out his new American Express charge card at Allders department store. After appearing to suffocate whilst going through the perfume department, he does his shopping by first testing everything he wants to buy — he opens and uses a toothbrush (returns it and pretends he didn't do it), tries on a selected bath towel, peels a potato with a peeler he wants to buy, and pulls a large fish out of his pocket to see if it fits on a frying pan he chose. He also chooses the telephone from the receptionist's desk and takes it with him, plug and all, because it was the only phone that gave a dialling tone when picked up; he assumed the other phones (disconnected display models) were broken. At the register, Mr. Bean places the card on the counter. Another man's same card gets covered under the grocery bag that he purchased and takes Mr. Bean's card accidentally. Bean quietly pick-pockets the man and gets his card back from the wallet (instead of speaking with the man, of course), but his hand gets stuck, and the man unwittingly pulls him all the way into a toilet stall. In the toilet stall, he frees his hand and shocks the man by offering him a roll of toilet paper.

Act Three: The Restaurant

Mr. Bean goes to a restaurant on his birthday and orders a steak tartare (after gifting a birthday card to himself and getting surprised by it and showing it off then endeared by what he wrote himself), which he expected to be a regular steak. A waiter comes by offering him to try the house wine, which he swiftly drinks and stares at the waiter smiling. As he's about to pour some more, Mr. Bean declines, saying he's driving and he may end up drunk driving. Then he shows off the napkin the waiter brought him, only to lose it when it flies towards a neighbouring table and he pretends it's not his. Once the steak arrives, he is disgusted by the tartare's taste and appearance (assuming it is half-cooked), so he cuts it up and hides the pieces in different places (ashtray, tiny vase, hollowed-out roll, under a plate, sugar basin, violinist's trousers, handbag). The violinist won't walk off until Mr. Bean has a bite, and as soon as he turns around, Mr. Bean spits it down the said trousers. Conveniently, a waiter walks by and gets tripped by Mr. Bean's leg while Mr. Bean is hiding his tartare in the woman's handbag. He spills his tray onto Bean's table, which provides him with an opportunity to cover up his actions by showing the waiter and the maitre d' that the tartare has ended up inside the vase, inside his bread, under his plate, in the trousers, and in a handbag. The maitre d' apologises and promptly moves Mr. Bean to another table, where the waiter brings out a free dish, which, unfortunately for Mr. Bean, is another steak tartare, seemingly bigger than the first. Although he is appalled, he must eat it, as the maitre d', the waiter, and the violinist are all watching him.

Act Four: The Queen

Mr. Bean is waiting to meet Queen Elizabeth II at a royal premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema, but is quite unprepared (his nails and teeth are dirty, his breath smells, and his shoes are unpolished). He manages to rectify most of these problems to his satisfaction (using spit to polish his shoes, folding back the corners of a postcard to serve as a pocket handkerchief, and using a loose thread from a waitress (played by Matilda Ziegler who also plays his girlfriend Irma) uniform to floss his teeth), but when he uses his trouser's zip to clean his fingernail, the zip gets stuck, and he only manages to force it back up just before the Queen greets him. Preparing for a bow, Mr. Bean accidentally headbutts the Queen, who is knocked to the floor. During the confusion, Mr. Bean makes a run for it.

Trivia

  • First appearance of the black and white opening sequence as well as the theme tune "Ecce Homo qui est faba".
  • Mr. Bean would again send himself a letter in the episode, "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean".
  • Mr. Bean would be arrested for accidentally headbutting the Queen because it is considered a physical offence against royalty.
    • It is unknown why other people, including journalists and photographers, didn't mind Mr. Bean's action.
    • This episode marks the first time that Mr. Bean commits an action which would normally be a crime or an offence, followed by "Tee Off Mr. Bean" (Wrecking groceries of a woman in an attempt to retrieve his golf ball, blowing up a car when his ball was stuck in the car's exhaust pipe, and littering from garbage truck), "Mr. Bean in Room 426" (Vandalism for marking holes on the wall of his hotel room and creating a hole to the neighbour's bathroom, and public nudity) and "Hair by Mr Bean of London" (Stowawaying in the train and ship to Moscow, Russia).
      • That said, his criminal offence is again (and clearly) committed in "Mr. Bean the Movie". He was arrested for gun fraudulent in airport in Los Angeles, California, and again for hacking into 3D Ride's computer to make the ride more dangerous (more exciting only for him) in the carnival, but almost after vandalising Whistler's Mother, falsifying it using polished poster of the same painting, and stealing the original painting back home. Also, it would have been illegal impersonate as a doctor for both Brutus and Jennifer. But in "Mr. Bean's Holiday", he was mistakenly thought for kidnapping a child, Stephan Dachevsky.
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Episodes
Mr. BeanThe Return of Mr. BeanThe Curse of Mr. BeanMr. Bean Goes to TownThe Trouble with Mr. BeanMr. Bean Rides AgainMerry Christmas, Mr. BeanMr. Bean in Room 426Do-It-Yourself Mr. BeanMind the Baby, Mr. BeanBack to School, Mr. BeanTee Off, Mr. BeanGoodnight, Mr. BeanHair by Mr. Bean of LondonThe Best Bits of Mr. Bean
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The LibraryThe Bus StopThe Chair
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Mr. Bean's Red Nose DayBlind DateTorvill & BeanMr. Bean's WeddingFuneral
Films
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