Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
Five years after the events of Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout, Edina (Jennifer Saunders) has remodeled both her kitchen and her office, the former into a sleek modern room with a convenience-store freezer full of champagne, the latter into a paperless virtual meeting space. Partnering with manic TV presenter Katy Grin (Jane Horrocks), Eddy has also morphed her PR firm into a multimedia empire. Patsy (Joanna Lumley), meanwhile, has begun receiving injections of Parralox, a beauty treatment that paralyzes the facial muscles. Still living at home, but chasing a New Labour job so she can escape, Saffron (Julia Sawalha) dismisses Patsy's treatments as self-entombment, to which Eddy replies, "She still has emotions -- she just doesn't have to pay for them in wrinkles!" Later, at a hip club called Gate, Eddy and Patsy sneak in to hobnob with their new pal Lady Candida de Benison-Bender (Tilly Blackwood), but all three women are snubbed by the various celebrities on display. Eddy does chat a bit with Twiggy, who's now on her PR roster, about the pair's upcoming appearance on Richard and Judy (the British equivalent of Live With Regis & Kathie Lee). At home, Patsy convinces Eddy to prepare for her TV spot with just a few quick squirts of Parralox -- with disastrous results for both Eddy and Saffy. Originally broadcast on BBC 1 on August 31, 2001, Absolutely Fabulous: Parralox marked series four, episode one of this popular Britcom. Michael Greco of British TV soap Eastenders, Stephen Gately of teen group Boyzone, models Twiggy and Lady Victoria Hervey, and TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan all make cameo appearances as themselves. The character Katy Grin is revealed to be the cousin of Eddy's assistant, Bubble; both characters are played by Jane Horrocks.