Premiered April 8, 1996.
Geraldine: This is the awful moment where I tell you that the Easter Bunny absolutely and totally does not exist at all.
Alice: Well, maybe not where you come from. But here, we've got our very own proper Easter Bunny. I've seen it!
It's Springtime in Dibley. The residents of the small Oxfordshire village are preparing for Easter. This is the Vicar Geraldine Granger's (Dawn French) first Easter in the village.
Alice (Emma Chambers) tells Geraldine that the Easter Bunny visits Dibley every Easter and that every resident has seen it. The Vicar scoffs, telling Alice there's no such thing as the Easter Bunny. Alice reacts with consternation, saying that anyone who doubts the existence of the rabbit comes under the ancient curse and is doomed to have their firstborn child be a dunce.
The next day at a meeting of the parish council, Geraldine asks the council members about the Bunny. Everyone backs up Alice about the existence of the "Dibley Bunny" and they're very matter of fact in their belief. The Vicar thinks the village has gone crazy. In other business, Geraldine suggests that each member of the council give up something for Lent -- which leads to her being forced to give up one of her favorite things ... chocolate!!
|Geraldine: Sorry, have I just stepped into The X-Files?|
She imparts a secret to Geraldine --- Letitia has played the Easter Bunny in Dibley for the past 30 years. Letitia's dying request is for Geraldine to take over the role when she dies.
|Geraldine is horrified at the request, but agrees.|
Things do not quite go according to plan, as she encounters...the Easter Bunny?
|Is this the real Easter Bunny?|
The Vicar of Dibley is a brilliantly funny British series and this episode is a standout.
It manages to walk a fine line between sadness and comedy and does so very successfully.
I especially enjoy Geraldine and the members of the council's attempts to avoid Lenten fines for giving in to their vices. Hugo (James Fleet) and his struggle to avoid lustful thoughts about Alice, on whom he has a fearsome crush, is particularly funny.
|Bunny Geraldine vs. chocolate eggs|
|Hugo and Alice being sheepish around each other ...|
As Easter does center on a death and a resurrection, it is appropriate that Letitia passes on the Dibley Bunny tradition, ensuring that the Bunny will live on after her.
|Geraldine really does make an adorable Bunny!|
If you're a fan of funny ladies like Dawn French and smart British comedy, this episode is not to be missed!
4 Easter eggs
J.A. Morris says:
I can't add a lot to what my co-blogger said, The Easter Bunny is an excellent holiday episode of a great comedy series. Dawn French and her ensemble cast are funny as always and the "holiday" aspect of this episode has made it an annual event in our house.
|Letitia shares her unique Passover pancakes recipe with the parish council.|
The Easter Bunny is available on a dvd titled The Vicar Of Dibley:The Specials & Series 2.
There aren't many Easter specials, episodes and movies, The Easter Bunny is a nice addition to that short list. It's highly recommended and does a great job connecting the religious and secular traditions of Easter.
J.A. Morris' rating
4 Easter Eggs!