Mr Bean at the Dentist: Mr. Bean’s alarms go off at 8:00 am, but he continues to lie in his bed while ignoring the chimes of his grandfather clock, dunking a battery-powered alarm clock into a nearby glass of water and stopping a hose spraying hot water from his teasmade by plugging it with the big toe on his right foot. Eventually, Bean gets up 50 minutes later, conducts some light exercise, brings out his clothes and then has difficulty shaving when his electric razor catches his nasal hairs.

Upon noticing a reminder that he has a dental appointment, he suddenly realises he is running late and proceeds to grab his clothes, his shoes, his toothbrush and toothpaste and heads for his Mini, coming back suddenly to ensure his cuddly toy, Teddy, is tucked in bed. Rushing for the appointment, Bean proceeds to get dressed while driving, using a brick on the accelerator for some of the journey alongside his feet for the steering before eventually brushing his teeth, using the car’s screenwash to rinse his mouth out before spitting it out, the contents landing on the buttocks of a local builder, who initially mistakes it for bird droppings.

Arriving at the dental surgery of Mr. A. M. Peggit in the nick of time, Bean parks out front, forcing the blue Reliant out of the only parking space. A traffic warden then appears, prepares to ticket the Reliant and makes Mr Bean at the Dentist notice that a part of his pyjamas is sticking out of his trousers, forcing him to remove it and toss it in his car window.

Once inside the waiting room, he can’t find anything good to read other than a Batman comic book in the hands of a young boy who refuses to share the book, and tricks the boy’s mother into thinking he has wet himself by pouring water from a vase onto his lap in order to get the comic – only to find he has no time to read it as the dentist is now ready to see him. Inside with Mr. Peggit, Bean causes mayhem behind the dentist’s back, adjusting the dental chair to unusual positions and messing about with some of the equipment.

Eventually, he accidentally injects the dentist’s leg with a needle containing a dose of anaesthetic, causing him to fall over and then pull down an X-ray blocker, knocking him out.

Feeling inconvenienced by this, Bean decides to do what the dentist was planning to do – put a filling into his tooth. Although he manages to do this, he soon finds that the holder containing the dental map of his teeth can flip vertically and horizontally thus leaving him to drill each tooth and put filling on all of them, effectively causing them to be stuck together. Fortunately, Bean gets a fright when Mr. Peggit wakes up and this is enough to free his jaws. Satisfied with his own work, he leaves the dentist to enjoy the rest of the day.

Mr Bean at the Dentist Cast

  • Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean
  • Richard Wilson as Mr. A. M. Peggit, the dentist
  • Caroline Quentin as The Traffic Warden
  • Sam Mead as the schoolboy
  • Christine Ellerbeck as The Schoolboy’s Mother
  • Hugo Mendez as the Boy in the Park
  • Michael Godley as the Man in a Wheelchair
  • Nathan Lewis as the Car Thief
  • Bridget Brammall as the Dental Nurse

Mr Bean at the Dentist Production

Location scenes for this episode were shot on 35mm in Battersea Park, Kingston and Teddington, close to the Thames TV studios where studio sequences were recorded before a live audience.

An extended upbeat remix of the choral theme was used for the driving sequence in Act 1.

A number of inspired scenes and stories in Mr. Bean: The Animated Series:

  • The scene at the dentist inspired the story for the episode called “Toothache”
  • The scene between Mr. Bean and the wasp inspired a similar event for the episode “Artful Bean“.
  • The scene in which Mr. Bean got his shaver stuck on his nasal hair was reused for the episode “Wanted”.
  • The scene in which Mr. Bean stopped his coffeemaker waking him by plugging up the hose attached to it that sprayed hot water onto his feet was adapted as part of a scene in clock “Birthday Bear”

A diagram of the clock and hose invention in this episode, also featured in the book Mr Bean’s Diary, released in 1993.

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