Father Ted (1995–1998)
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Going to America 

After saving a fellow priest from suicide, Father Ted is invited to work at an American parish.

Director:

Andy De Emmony
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Dermot Morgan ... Father Ted Crilly
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Father Dougal McGuire
Frank Kelly ... Father Jack Hackett
Pauline McLynn ... Mrs. Doyle
Tommy Tiernan Tommy Tiernan ... Fr. Kevin
Jeff Harding ... Fr. Buzz Cagney
Hugh B. O'Brien Hugh B. O'Brien ... Eugene
Mark Doherty ... Fr. Alan
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Storyline

Having saved the life of a suicidal fellow priest Ted gets a call from Father Buzz Cagney in Los Angeles, inviting him to work with him. Ted is excited but lacks the heart to tell Dougal, Jack and Mrs Doyle that they cannot go with him. However when Ted learns that his prospective parish is run-down and violent he decides against going - much to the relief of the others - and resigns himself to the fact that he will probably never leave Craggy Island. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

'Going to America' was always intended to be the finale of the series. Originally, the writers intended to end the episode with a scene at the 'It's still great being a priest' convention, in which Kevin is once again outside on a window ledge considering suicide. This time, Ted joins him instead of convincing him not to do it because he is apparently depressed by the fact that he'll never escape Craggy Island. This ending was abandoned in favor of the montage scene because Dermot Morgan died of a heart attack the day after filming was concluded. The writers did not feel the original ending was very funny anyway. See more »

Quotes

Fr. Buzz Cagney: You know what I do with $400? I wipe my ass with it.
Father Ted: Good God. And can that still be used as legal tender?
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Connections

Features Father Ted: The Passion of Saint Tibulus (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time
(1920)
(Published as "Apple Blossom Time")
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Neville Fleeson
Performed by Frank Kelly
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Season 3: Solid bowing out of the show, with quality mostly high and consistently so
9 October 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I remember watching this season when it was originally broadcast, and it came so in the wake of actor Morgan dying from a heart attack. This did rather cast a poignant tone to the season and, while time has made this less in my mind, there is certainly that knowledge while rewatching this a few decades later. Aside from the plot of the final episode giving a sense of closure (or continuation), and a montage at the end, the season is pretty much what is has been before. The characters acknowledge the ridiculousness of their situations each week, but mostly the plots have enough laughs to sell their silliness.

Although the plots are daft, the writing is strong and each one is funny rather than silly. Racism, a sheep contest, Speed 3 (better than Speed 2), a crossover with another popular sitcom of the day, and other devices are all well used and consistently the quality of the show is high all the way to the end. The cast respond well and deliver great comic performances across the board. Of course it is sad to hear of the stresses that were on Morgan – and particularly the suggestion that repeatedly dancing to Shaft on the day before he died may have put more strain on his heart, however mostly you do not see the sad – only the strong timing and delivery. Likewise all of the others are very good – O'Hanlon yet again reminding me that he is very unlikely to ever be funnier or better than he was here.

I am not sure if the show would have run longer had Morgan not died, however it is a moot point since he did. The season ends in a satisfying way that doesn't feel abrupt and, most importantly, it ends with a funny and consistently enjoyable season with maintains the high quality of the show all the way to the end.


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