Vicious (2013–2016): Season 1, Episode 1 - Episode #1.1 - full transcript

Freddie Thornhill,a retired actor,and ex-bar manager Stuart Bixby have been a couple for over forty years but have never stopped bitching in all that time. Freddie is smitten by cute young Ash,who has moved in upstairs,attracting barbed comments from Stuart, but both pull together to organize a - somewhat frugal - wake for recently deceased chum Clive,at which their predatory friend Violet throws herself at Ash and the couple end up arguing over the fact that Clive had a secret crush on Stuart. After everybody has gone Freddie and Stuart make up,only to get a call to say another friend has died.

Oh, my God!

Oh, how dreadful!

Poor Clive.

At least he didn't suffer.

Oh, he did.

Oh, my. That much?

Oh, well, I prefer to remember him
as I last saw him.

Being fed apple sauce
by a Jamaican woman.

Well, it's a reminder that we should
spend as much time as possible

with those we hold dear
while we're able.

Anyway, thank you for calling,

For a moment, I thought those
high-pitched, piercing shrieks

were coming from a gaggle of

But now I see it's just you.

I shan't be able to return to sleep
now, thanks muchly.

Who do you think you are?
The Earl of Grantham?

You're from Wigan.

It's better than being from

How dare you?

I've been to Oxford.

Yes, for lunch.

Who were you squawking at
on the phone just now?

My mother, if you must know.

Was she calling to tell you
when she'd be dying?

She was very distraught.

Did you finally tell her about us?

I'm waiting for the right time.

It's been 48 years!

And there has not been
a right time!

Please, don't pressure me!
I'm very emotional already.

We've had some frightful news.

Clive is dead.

Your mother is always the first
to know when someone dies.

Is she getting the news directly
from Satan?

I would think you'd be a little more
upset considering your history.

That was a long time ago.
We were all in our early 20s.

What, I was 19. I wasn't in my 20s.

People used to think I was your

Yes, because you told them
you were my nephew.

Anyway, I do feel bad about Clive.
I just hope he didn't suffer.

they had to cut a foot off,

so I assume
there was some discomfort.

I dare say those thick ankles of his
put up quite a fight.

Who on earth is that?

I have no idea.
Are you expecting anybody? No!

These aren't calling hours!

This is outrageous!

You just don't go about
ringing people's doorbells!

Let's just see who it is,

and then put the whole ugly business
behind us.

Well, I'm going to give this
intruder a real dressing down.


Can we help you with something?

I didn't even know that was a name.

I was here to see about the flat.
Is this a bad time?

No, no. No, no, no, no, no, no,
not at all.

Yes, great.

Can I get you some tea?

No, thanks. I'd just really like
to see the flat.

You've come to the wrong door,
I'm afraid.

The flat for rent is one floor up.
Oh, sorry.

Don't be sorry. I'm Freddie.

This is Stuart, my friend.

Freddie Thornhill.

You probably recognise me from
the television or the stage.

Do you go to the theatre often, Ash?

Am I saying that correctly?

Yeah. Ash.

I don't get to the theatre much.

Well, of course, you're a young man,
you do young man things.

I'm quite certain
I'm old enough to be your father.
Yes, I'm quite certain, too.

My father's 46.
Ah, and so am I.

Do you mind if I use your toilet?

Mind? We'd be devastated
if you didn't.

You are making such a fool of

Then you should leave.
It's quite clear he hates you.

Do you suppose he's "family"?

Oh, God.

It's so tricky to tell now.

I thought Graham Norton was straight.

Well, my dear Stuart,
I will work it out.

After all, I did spend a year
playing the detective in

The Mousetrap.
Oh, please!

Our postman's been in
The Mousetrap.

This is complete lunacy!

It's like Victoria Station!

Who's there?!
It's Violet, darling.

I came as soon as I heard.

Poor Clive. Yes, it's been
a great shock, as you can imagine.

We're absolutely devastated.

Now, I must ask you.
Anything, darling.

Is Leytonstone
any better than Wigan?

A bit, darling.

I was thinking perhaps we should host
a small gathering here tomorrow.

Just our little circle.

That will be lovely.

I can't believe he's gone.

Dear, sweet Clive.

Did you hear about the foot?
Yes. Unfortunate.

Oh, damn, I wanted to tell you.

Poor Freddie, you were quite close,
back in the day.

Well, Clive was very much smitten
with me, that is true.

Obsessed, really.

I was young, handsome, famous.

You were barely one of those things.

I'm just going to use the loo
before I go out.

There has to be somebody
who hasn't heard about that foot.

Oh! He's still in there!
Who's still in there?

The young man who came to see about
the flat upstairs. He's been ages.

Go and see what's going on.
No, no, I don't want to disturb him.

It's very rude to disturb
attractive people.

Well, we can't leave him in there
all day.

You let a complete stranger
use your loo?

What if he comes out and rapes me?

Let's cross that bridge
when we come to it, shall we?

Everything all right in there, Ash?

Well, we tried.

So that's it, then?
I don't see what else we can do.

Try calling him again.
No, you try.

Somebody do something. I'm so
frightened I'm going to be raped.

Oh, for God's sake, Violet,
nobody wants to rape you.

What an awful thing to say.

Thanks very much.
Of course.

Everything all right?

Yeah, sorry. Had to make a call.

Ah. A call to your...?

I see.

A close mate?
I guess.

I see.
And is this your special mate?

Er, dunno.

I should probably go and see
that flat now.

Has anybody ever said
you remind them of Zac Efron?

That's a person, right?

Or is it a place?

This is our friend Violet, Ash.

Yes, she's our friend
and Stuart here is my "friend".

Uh... OK.

Haven't I seen you in my yoga class?
I go to yoga. I'm great fun.

I don't think so.

Well, I'm certain I know you.
Have you ever been to Zac Efron?

I'm covered either way now.

I should probably go.
It was nice meeting you all.

And good luck with the flat.
I do hope we become neighbours.

And you can bring round here
anybody you like.

Boys, girls, whichever you prefer.


Nicely done, Miss Marple!

I only hope his flesh didn't rot off
where you touched him.

I'm surprised you could see it

through the milky film
that coats your cataracts.

I'm going to make
another pot of tea.

I never know when I'm going too far,
but I'm always so glad when I do.

Your mother looked well for someone
who doesn't have a heartbeat.

She always rallies for a funeral.

Do you know, Freddie,
as grotesque a thought as it is,

you might have been the love of
Clive's life.

I do believe I was.

It's sad that it took
the passing of a dear friend

to make me realise how special I am.

Are you wearing mascara?


Well, I must prepare for our guests.
I want everything to be perfect.

I bought two sandwiches that
I can cut up into sixteenths.

That should do it.

Oh, that is it!

We are disconnecting this bell!

Oh, hello.

It's Ash!

You'll tell me if
I'm ever pronouncing that wrong.

I hope I'm not bothering you.
Bothering us?

We should give you a key.

I was just stopping by to let you
know I got the upstairs flat.

Oh, goody!

In fact, I'm moving in today.
Oh, marvelous.

Stuart, my friend,
will be so pleased.

You remember him?
Shrunken, old gnome?

I love spending time with OAPs.

No, I'm not one. He is. Not me.

Sometimes I pretend to be, in order
to get concessions at the cinema,

but they don't usually believe me.

Would you excuse me a moment?
And do not look at my awards

while I'm in the other room.
I'd be very embarrassed.

They're over there.

We're both very excited.
Freddie tells me the good news.

Close those curtains!
The light! The light!

Freddie tells me the good news!

You must join us for tea.

So, you never use the huge window?

No. We also don't go around pulling
cords in other people's flats.

Go on. We're done with you for now.

Clive was smitten with me
that entire summer.

We had magical weather,
it only rained 60 days.

I was on tour with erm...
Shakespeare, I believe.

That's right,
the two of you were old school chums.

You must forgive Stuart.
He was never loved as a child.

Or as an adult.

Egg and cress sandwich, Mason?

Is that what that is?

I thought it was a crumb
surrounded by a toothpick.

Perhaps you'd like some of what
you brought?

I could always cut you a slice of


One more time, darling.

Oh, I'm sorry. I was sleeping.

Sleeping? Your eyes were wide open.

Oh. That's troubling.

Oh, I'm going to miss Clive.

I do believe you broke his heart,

Thank you.

I still have some of the
old letters that Clive wrote to me.

Oh, I have some of my old letters
that were written to me...

We're not talking about your life

I always thought
Clive was so dashing.

Every young man wanted to be seen on
the arm of Clive St. Claire,

the most eligible bachelor in London.

I seem to remember a wife.
Wasn't there a wife at some point?

Oh, that was ages ago,
and it was only for 19 years.

No, Clive was a true man's man.

Independent, free as a bird.

And children.
Weren't there children?

Yes, six.

Are you through interrupting
or shall I hand you a microphone?

Oh, what's happening? What is that?

That must be our new neighbour.

The boy from the toilet?

The one who was flirting with me

No, this is a person who exists.

Did you find out if he's...?

No, he's being very cagey.

I hope you like cakes.

Oh, look, somebody brought something.

You must meet our friends.
This is Penelope and that is Mason.

And you remember our friend Violet.

From Zac Efron, remember?

You're all dressed in black.
Is... is everything all right?

Oh, didn't we tell you?
This is more of a tea/wake.

Oh, I'm sorry. Who died?

A good friend of mine.
He was very dear to all of us.

Can I get anybody another sandwich?

Yes, I'd like ten more, please.

I'm hoping to smush them all
together to create a bite.

Were you good friends?

We were, a long time ago.

Do you know, why don't I read out
one of Clive's old letters?

Wouldn't that be lovely? Not
unless you read it in another room.

Ash, would you prefer
to sit on my lap?

I have very strong bones.

Ah, here's one
that hasn't been opened.

"My one and only...

I can't imagine my life without you.

What a kind, generous man you are.

If I only knew you felt the same,

I would leave everything behind
to start a new with you.

Just say yes.

Always, Clive."

He really loved you.
No, he didn't.

What are you talking about? And you
have lipstick all over your teeth.

Look at the envelope.
It's addressed to Stuart! Stuart?!

My God!

Oh, I dozed off again.

What did I miss?

That is preposterous! Why would
he have been interested in Stuart?

He says it right here! Because I was
kind and generous and handsome!

It says kind and generous.
You added handsome!

I don't understand.
I never even received this letter.

It must have got mixed in with all
my fan mail.

You have one fan.

Who writes a lot of letters!

Well, it doesn't matter now anyway.
That was 50 years ago.

I could have had
a completely different life
if I'd seen the letter.

Not this hell
I've been trapped in!

You've been in hell?
I've provided you with everything

you could ever want
since the moment we met.

You were pulling pints in a pub!
I was the manager!

And I was going to be a model.
You were never going to be a model!

No. Not with you sucking the life
out of me!

I aged five years just sharing
a taxi with you that night!

Is that why you look a thousand?

You're practically melting
onto the rug!

Should I go?

Why? Don't be ridiculous.
Of course not.

It's all right, darling. Sit.

Um... your hand is really high up
on my thigh.

Is it?

Well, I don't see
what the problem is.

It's not as if Clive
was any great prize.

He had children, he was married.
Wasn't there a second wife, too?

Ash, why don't you pour yourself
a cup of tea

instead of sitting there
like a statue. I'm sorry.

I'm not quite sure how to behave.
Have you never been a guest before?

You must engage in the conversation.

Maybe he's shy.

Are you shy, darling, is that it?

Because you are behaving oddly.

It's empty. There's a fresh pot
in the kitchen, I'll get it.

No, I'll get it.

Is it something we're doing?

Is it us?
No, it's definitely him.

They have no manners nowadays.

Exactly. Interact. Ask questions.

Well, Chinese people are very quiet.

He's not Chinese!

I think there's something wrong
with your dog.

Balthazar? Why? What's he doing?
He's just lying there.

I think he's unconscious.
Oh, no, he's only sleeping.

I stepped on him and he didn't move.

He's 20, you see.

And yet still younger than
the biscuits.

I didn't think dogs lived that long.

He's more of a doorstopper
at this point.

You see,
you would never have had Balthazar

had you been with Clive
instead of Freddie.

Or... any of the others.

That's a lot of dogs. We went
through several very quickly.

This used to be a bus route.

I just wish I could've had
the chance to have known

what that life could have been.

Do you really think you would
have had a better life without me?

Yes! I could have been happy
and successful,

instead of being stuck with you
in this penitentiary.

Do you think I've been happy?
With you simpering around this flat,

pouring your blandness onto every

I don't know what would be
preferable at this point,

if you woke up dead or I did!

I know which I'd prefer!

I'll tell you what
would've happened to you.

You would've ended up the same
worthless prat you are today!

Your accent just came out!

Hey! His accent just came out!
You all heard it!

It most certainly didn't! And
at least I'm not from Leytonstone!

Wigan's worse!
I'm from Wigan!

This is not the time to contribute,

What exactly have you done
with your life?

Bit parts in rep
and one episode of Dr Who?

What an illustrious career
to look back on!

At least I've had a career.
And I'm still at it.

I'm still working! You've had
nothing. You've done nothing!

I think I hear the dog.

Is this over yet then, Freddie?

No. It is not.

Clive would have loved this.

I think. I'm not sure, really.

What actually is this?

I also killed a prostitute on
Coronation Street.

Among others.
Other prostitutes?

Other shows.
You're becoming very annoying.

Is he going to be all right?
Stuart? Of course.

You know what it can be like
with certain "friends".

I guess. Do you have
a very close friend, Ash?

Not now, no.
I see.

But in the past, you have been in a
relationship with another... person?

I have. But I've never been in love.

Ah. You're young.
You'll meet that special someone.

I suppose.

I should really go.

Please tell Stuart I said thank you.
Of course.

And I hope you've had fun.

And maybe learned a little bit about
social graces as well.

Has he been here this whole time?

Oh, and by the way... I'm straight.

Well, that came out of nowhere.

You're up late.

I was just going to pour myself
a drink.

Care for one?

Fine, don't answer. I prefer it.

You behaved abominably today!

She speaks!

Don't let's do this now.
I'm so tired.

Entertaining is exhausting.

I suppose I'm not tired because
I do nothing. I did nothing.

I am nothing.

You're still going on about that?
Will you forget about it, please?

I can never forget it.

You said some very hurtful things
which you can never take back.

I don't see how
we can ever get over this.

Stuart, I'm sorry.
Oh, that's all right.

Oh, what on earth?!

Is that someone calling?
This lunacy!


Oh, hello, Mother.

Yes, I'm still awake.

I'm here with my... flatmate.

Oh, for Christ's sake, Stuart.

He says, "Hello, Mrs Bixby."

Oh, my God.

Oh, how dreadful!


Poor Oliver!

Another one.