On to the Private Party offices for Amanda and Francine’s job interviews!
Mrs Flanagan: I’m impressed, Mrs King. Obvious enthusiasm, wonderful school records. Well! You have all the skills we need.
[which probably isn’t much! This is soooo funny! The lady tells Amanda she has wonderful school records? my goodness!! school records? At Amanda’s age?]
Amanda: Well, thank you.
[whoooo I see the haircut is looking much much nicer here!!!! I am much much happier!!! So what’s the difference?
a side part?? her hair tucked behind her ears? maybe it’s the fringe she has too.. a bit? Hey! that’s the fluffy Jacket she wore in Car Wars!! ]
Mrs Flannigan: There is just one more thing. Why are you seeking a job as a maid with Private Party?
Amanda: Well, quite frankly, I can use the money.
Mrs Flannigan: Refreshingly honest, Mrs King. Thank you so very much. If you’ll just take a seat with the others, please.
[Mrs Flannigan remarks this is refreshingly honest?? Forgive me, but why else would someone want to work as a maid? because it has been their life long dream? because they just have a passion for cleaning? because now they are a millionaire they can do whatever they like without financial burdens??!!… refreshingly obvious me thinks ]
Amanda: Yes, thank you, Mrs Flannigan.
It’s funny how the interviews are all done together, with the other women being interviewed in the same room!- they are listening in.. A lot of confidential information is discussed in interviews that is no one else’s business! Still it makes for a deliciously squirmy Francine here! Private Party has zero private interviews! 😉
Francine: I didn’t get a chance to finish all the questions.
Mrs Flannigan: Oh, that’s quite all right. Now, let’s see what we have here. Address, yes, that’s right. Blue eyes.
[I think Francine is thinking this is ridiculous! who cares what colour eyes you have.. I’m surprised she doesn’t ask to see Francine’s teeth and for her bloodline papers!!]
…Um, Miss Desmond, under height you have 5’8″ or 5’9″ and then “D.O.H.”? What is D.O.H.?
[We see Amanda is listening in and wondering herself what could D.O.H mean??]
Francine: Depending on heels.
Ohhhhh I love Amanda’s reaction to this.. Ohhh Francine!!!! Idiot Francine!!
If I didn’t know better I would say she is trying to sabotage getting hired!!! I agree with Francine that this is outrageous, unfair questioning.. but Francine is suppose to be a professional- and she has an important job to do here! She should rise above it! Who writes DOH and expects to be taken seriously??!!! haaa!
Mrs Flannigan: I see…
…Weight, 110. err ‘ish’?
– Ugh!! why do women have to answer such humiliating questions to get a job as a maid?! They must be borrowing the forms for hiring from Honeycutt typewriters!
These are women, not children.. and to me, these questions are disrespectful! Okay okay.. I do find Francine’s squirming lots of fun though!! Such a fun scene!!!
Francine is fully aware Amanda can hear!: Could you keep your voice down just a little bit? [Actually, I think that is a pretty good answer – Though after everything Amanda has had to endure at the hands of Francine? Amanda’s enjoying this!!!! and I can’t say I blame her! Poetic Justice! ]
Mrs Flannigan: And you haven’t filled out your age, Miss Desmond.
Francine: No, I didn’t. I didn’t think it was really important. I mean, I am over 21.
Mrs Flannigan: I’m quite sure you are.
Ohhh hoo hooooo!!!! This is incredibly rude! teee heeee!!! and I’m simultaneously laughing my head off!! [Just like Amanda! I love that KJ manages to portray Amanda giggling.. but at the same time, it seems like a naughty giggle!! Like she just knows she should giggle at this .. but… 😉 ]
Mrs Flanagan: Miss Desmond, this is a job questionnaire.
[Could have fooled me! ] …And there are certain vital statistics that are required… [I can understand models being asked these questions..but.. maids?!] …Now… your age, please?
Francine: Uh, twentyyyy-
[Francine is cut off by the intercom buzzing- phew!! ]
Malcolm (over the intercom): Mrs Flannigan, could you step in for a minute?
Mrs Flannigan: Yes. Yes, of course, sir. Would you excuse me, Miss Desmond?..
…And you can use the time to finish the questionnaire.
Francine takes the forms and sits back down next to Amanda..
For once, I love Francine’s outfit!!! it’s normal! LOL!!! and see the back split?
It matches the purpley/pink top so it’s a matching suit.. looks really lovely on her..
I think this scene is very cleverly written.. it works on two levels – on the surface, it’s hilarious!!!! Suffer Francine!!! At the same time, it’s a comment on the treatment of women in the workforce!! I see both here.. and don’t think the humour cancels out the serious message, nor vice versa! It works beautifully!!
Thank goodness we don’t have to put up with this drivel in today’s workforce! [Well.. we may come across it..but now we can sue them! 🙂 ] but.. it sure is fun to see Francine squirm!! heheheheeeeee!!
Francine: Honestly. All these questions just to become a maid.
[I agree with her, it’s outrageous! but..
Suck it up Princess! You’ve got a job to do here! I think I’ll be saying that a bit this episode! Francine doesn’t do herself any favours huh!]
Amanda: Francine, you’ve gotta get this job, no matter how old you are.
[yeah!!! Get ready Francine I think a few of your beliefs are about to be challenged!!]
Francine: Nifty, isn’t it?
Amanda looks a little disappointed at Francine’s attitude but you can’t keep Amanda down! She’s a trouper! Francine is about to see this first hand!
Mrs Flannigan returns, followed by Malcolm and Vic Burling
[the two male bosses, and their female secretary.. my goodness.. such stereotypes!]
Mrs Flannigan: Excuse me, ladies. I’d like you all to meet our owners. This is Mr Vic and Mr Malcolm Burling.
Vic: My brother and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your interest in Private Party. Now, you’ll all be given a short trial run before final selections are made. Mrs Flannigan will get in touch with you concerning the specifics.
ROFL! soooo they basically all get a trial run.. me thinks the Burlings like free labour.. I bet they don’t get paid for this ‘trial’. It’s like they’re giving all the women a little pat on the head – you are still in with a chance to be lucky enough to work for us!!! whoo hoo! –ugh!
BTW is it just me or does Private Party sound really dodgy?? Especially straight after ALSALS! where I’m pretty sure Rita was running a business called private party also
Malcolm: Thank you, all of you for coming, and drive carefully. [Ugh! drive carefully?!! when he killed Sally and tossed her body in the boot like it was garbage?!!!]
Amanda: Thank you.
All the women stand and head for the door, Francine handing her form back to Mrs Flannigan.
Mrs Flannigan: Oh, thank you.
Amanda (under her breath as they leave): Fill in your age, Francine?!
With all the applicants gone.. Malcolm to Mrs Flannigan: Anybody look good?
Mrs Flannigan: Yes, as a matter of fact. Mrs Amanda King. Divorcee, mother of two, wants the job badly. She even said she needed the money.
Mmm yes but.. why else would someone be a maid?!
Malcolm: Oh, that sounds promising. Good, keep an eye on her. We need somebody to replace Sally. [Anyone else wonder what happens to Sally’s body- I don’t think she is ever mentioned again, so I don’t think they find her Poor Sally!]
Vic: Where are you putting her tomorrow?
Mrs Flannigan: General Oliver’s garden party.
So they decide Amanda is the perfect choice to spy on clients..or well, to be blackmailed into it.. Amanda has the knack of being picked out by the baddies for special treatment – be that good or bad!! What Luck!!
Sooo this is quite an interesting interrogation.. err I mean hazing ritual… err I mean interview isn’t it?!
Francine is such a contradiction at times, I find her fascinating! I am reminded of her dialogue when she first met Amanda at IFF [which ironically has references to Amanda looking for work!]:
Francine (condescendingly): What is it you say you do, dear?
Amanda: I’m a mother. And I’m a den mother. I’m looking for work. Actually, I do a lot.
Francine: Sounds like it. [not] I guess I should have taken time for some of those things, but, uh. . . .You know, I believe that it is never too late for today’s woman to do anything she wants to do. So, now that I am a successful professional, I’ve decided to go back to school.
Francine is a modern woman of the 80’s. A successful professional, a highly trained agent, who believes in women’s equality, but because she is also a bit of a snob, she doesn’t think all women are equal! [Given she knows nothing about cooking or cleaning, I’m guessing her parents raised her to ‘marry well’ – and she’s trying but.. she has also chosen to do great things with her work and ‘be somebody’ ] She looks down on women like Amanda [a nobody – always overlooked remember?!], and the way they live their lives. I think she looks down on women who are not career women because she has rejected that homemaker image of women.. to her, she wants to be a somebody, not a nobody!
At this interview, Francine is angry at the treatment she experiences.. that women have to answer these questions to be a maid! Francine fights to be taken seriously in the workforce.. I think Francine is right!
But.. this is not the whole story – and here’s where Francine is a contradiction- What Francine doesn’t realise IMHO is that Francine is part of the problem, as she rebuffs Amanda’s expressions of excitement that they will be working together for the first time– she’s dismissing Amanda and what she has to offer without knowing!!.. You’ll see Francine!
I think this episode has some wonderfully positive things to say about women! Gooo women!!! It’s interesting that this all comes up at a time in the show when we are starting to sense that Amanda is becoming more comfortable taking on her role as a professional woman! An smk coincidence?? Hmm.. I’m thinking not!
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Any cringe worthy work experiences you’d like to share?? Anyone had an interview like this one??!!! I was too young to be going to work interviews in the 80s.. Byeee for now!!