Denholm 1)
Yesterday's Jam
Episode information 
Episode no.
  • Episode 1            
  • Series 1            
Cast and crew information 
Writer            Graham Linehan
  • Graham Linehan
  • Ben Fuller
  • Ash Atalla
  • Derrin Schlesinger 
Main Cast 
  • Chris O'Dowd
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Katherine Parkinson 
Guest Stars 
  • Chris Morris
  • John Willie Hopkins
  • Laura Pyper 

Calamity Jen     



'Yesterday's Jam' is the first episode of the first series of the British sitcom, 'The IT Crowd'. The episode is the first ever episode of both the series and the show itself, and recieved a user rating of 7.8 / 10 stars from 201 votes on IMBD, making it the worst-voted-for episode of the first series. The show was both written and directed by Graham Linehan.

Plot synopsis Edit

Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson) goes for a job interview with Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris). After falsely saying that she is experienced in computers, she is made head of the IT Department where she meets Roy (Chris O'Dowd) and Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), who are rightly convinced that Jen has not a sufficient knowledge of computers to work in IT and decide to report their discovery to Denholm.

However, after learning that Denholm has become obsessed with his staff working as a team and firing all those who don't, Roy and Moss are forced to put up with Jen. They return to the basement and try and put their differences aside, and organise a party and invites many people from the upper floors. After getting extremely drunk at the party, Roy tells Moss to recite the story of their trip to Amsterdam. Moss gets confused and accidently tells the story of him and Roy ordering prostitutes and bringing them to a funfair.

After scaring all the attendants of the party away, Moss, Jen and Roy are forced to put up with each other.

Behind the scenes Edit

  • The episode was originally aired alongside the following episode, Calamity Jen, on Friday, 3rd of Febuary, 2006.
  • The episode's title comes from a dialogue between Moss and Roy, when Roy is complaining about his treatment from his fellow employees, to which Moss says that "They toss us away like yesterday's jam" to which Roy replies "That doesn't really work as a thing because jam lasts for ages".

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