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I’m amazed I’m the first one to comment on the cat playing the shell game. One of my cats was sitting in my lap as I watched it and I immediately said to her, “You are waaaay too dumb to do that.”
(In a very loving way, accompanied by ear scratching, of course.)
Agree that Lucy Liu gets the win for ensemble that was not boring AND still attractive.
Agreed. Someone pointed out that the advantage of a floor-length gown is that if you wanted to, you could wear flats/slippers. I liked her speeches!
Agree. I was in a room with half a dozen people and we were all horrified and the slow train wreck we were witnessing. Also, Mel Gibson is a truly horrible person. Maybe he wasn’t as horrible (or was better at hiding his horribleness) back when Jodie Foster met him in the “Maverick” days but it 100% verifiable these days that he is a violent, misogynistic, racist, antisemitic piece of walking garbage. I’m not saying the “oh so private” Ms. Foster has to go on a press tour denouncing him, but she also doesn’t have to invite him to be her guest and sit front row center at an internationally televised awards show.
Sorry. Not a funny or pithy comment but I’m really hacked off at the reaction that it was a “brave, moving” speech. Know what would be brave? Helping out scared teenagers that are not rich, famous, and powerful, by coming out for real much, much earlier. Not saying you have to become Ms. Lesbian, but you can help normalize homosexuality. Don’t like your privacy invaded? Find a different line of work. Sheesh!
Join me fellow Gen Xers in a trip down memory lane. Remember seeing E.T. in the theater and how there was always at least one uncontrollably sobbing kids that had to be dragged/carried out of the theater?
I did feel more sympathy for O’Brien this season. On the other hand, I found myself chuckling over this scenario. Say you have Spanish Flu. You are in a very, very bad way. Your maid (whom you have place more trust in than your own husband on multiple occasions) informs you that she deliberately caused the death of your unborn son, thus not only killing your baby-to-be, but also destroying your family’s chance of retaining the inheritance you brought to the marriage, and the house you live in.
How exactly does that scene end?
Option 1: The emotional shock is too much and you instantly drop dead.
Option 2: With a burst of adrenaline-fueled rage, you kill your maid, THEN drop dead.
If you gotta go, it’s a great last thing to see before you close your eyes forever…
I love Death Proof. I wish folks who say they don’t like Grind House would try watching Death Proof solo, because yeah, that zombie movie drags after a while. I really think Death Proof is underrated. Also… Zoe Bell!!!!
Agreed. You just hate him so much, but when he actually shows emotion and hurt, it gets me every time. Remember in the first episode in season 1 when that horrible Duke guy burns the letters and basically leaves Thomas high and dry? Also, in this season when that solider at the hospital kills himself? Sniff!
(That gif is starting to make me dizzy though, gotta say!)
I read British mystery novels, so I can tell you that (at least during this period) if someone in England was purchasing poison they had to sign the “poison book” that was kept at the chemist (that’s pharmacy to you). So I’m guessing that’s how Scotland Yard figured out Bates bought it. Also why Anna was so concerned and kept TELLING Bates he should fess up before they found out, because she KNEW how easy it would be to find out.
Sheesh. I love Bates, but Anna’s definitely the brains of that duo.
I think they did a nice job of setting it up. They’ve had Cora’s bitchiness escalate in the last couple of episodes, and he was clearly frustrated with her. They’ve also pointed out how he’s been feeling useless, with the other members of his family having stuff to do and him feeling left out an alone. I know, boo hoo. Doesn’t excuse it, but does explain it. He also obviously feels terrible about it. I still like him. He done far more cool things than uncool things, and this episode just demonstrated he’s human.
I share the frustration/irritation that many have with Branson. But then the “upstairs” folks like Mary say things like, “do you want money to pay for the room?”
and I think maybe if I had to endure people talking to me like all. the. time…. it might make sometimes act like a complete jerk, too.
It’s impressive that someone who hated O’Brien as much as I do was pulling for her at various points in this episode. She looked so lonely smoking by herself, didn’t she? And when she gave that look to Ethel after Ethel made that crack about “at your age” I cackled with glee and was like “oh, it’s ON!” Also, as a student of history I concluded a long time ago that that WWI was basically the worst, so I can kind of get Thomas opting for getting his hand shot off. So, yeah, rooting for O’Brien and Thomas. Wartime does strange things….
He was a judge for the Man Booker Prize?!?! I honestly didn’t think I could love him more than I already did. I stand corrected. (Actually I swoon corrected.)
Amazon streaming. Didn’t you read my super-late comment about that at the end of Kelly’s last recap? It’s $40 well spent, and it’s in HD! You’re welcome.
This thing really is great. Best part is when Nick Cage dials a number and then Nick Cage answers the phone.
Thanks! I love getting these tips. Along those lines…. The jerk London aunt looked soooo familiar to me, and it was bugging me and bugging me, because I’m usually good at recognizing actors. Not by name, you understand, but by, “oh it’s the dude/chick from ____.”
So anyway, the jerk London aunt. Finally figured it out. I’m sure she’s been in lots of stuff, but she was Moneypenny in the Pierce Bronson James Bond films. Whew! I’m sure you are all now as relieved as I was I figured that out! You are welcome, and apologies for this ridiculous post.
It can be downloaded via Amazon. Which I did. Immediately after I finished the season 1 finale.
Kelly, I will mail you an Amazon gift card to pay for you to download it and continue these recaps. My Tuesdays will be bereft without it!
I love Sybil, but just want to switch the subject to another sister. Am I the only one who likes Edith? I feel sorry for her, and I think she can be pretty darn funny. Her family basically tells her to her face that they think she is “the ugly one” (huh? I’d like to be that ugly!) and you know that Mary has spent their whole lives screwing Edith over. Yeah, bad on Edith to write the letter to London, but after a lifetime of this, I can kind of see how she reached a breaking point. So, am I crazy or what?
Um, I think there is something up with the cook. Anybody else think there is something up with the cook? Seems really flustered all the time.
I consider myself a bit of an anglophile, but I love how this show vastly increased my knowledge. The whole tidbit that Mrs. Hughes obligingly gives the audience explaining that housekeepers and cooks get the “Mrs.” title regardless of their marital status was great stuff!
I love all the gifs, and look forward to them every week, but I think we can all agree that this one is extra special, yes?
Different topic, so different post. I didn’t get any sense Bates was hot for Gwen (red head). Everyone is so mean, it’s just throws people when folks like Bates smile!
It’s pretty obvious (to me) we are being set up for a Bates and Anna relationship. Makes sense that the two most decent people in the house would cling to each other–like a rescue boat for the Titantic (see what I did there?)
The emergence of Sybil (youngest daughter) as an actual character, and a nice one to boot, was definitely my favorite part of this ep. The typewriter scene was just freaky. They were staring at it so hard because most of them had NEVER seen one before. Some didn’t even understand how it worked. It’s really weird to me that the typewriter scandal was a plausible conversation real people could have had in a England in 1912.
Hah! Number 7 is Diamonds are Forever, yes? You can argue all day long about Connery vs. Moore, Bronson vs. Dalton. Heck, I will happily share a number of cocktails with a group of people engaged in this very kind of debate…
But if you think Diamonds are Forever is anything but “tied for dead last” than I have nothing to say to you. So, Hotspur, fret not. Just skip it and move on. One of the best theme songs in the whole series is on the next film!