Back from a commercial break, and we find Amanda home with her family in the living room. It looks like the room has been rearranged to be like a stage. All the world’s a stage? All the King family room is 🙂 Phillip fiddles with a hat stand/picture hanger prop in the background.
Jamie: “Don’t worry! She’s one of us, though a …”
Amanda: Cynic, sweetheart. (Phillip joins them)
Jamie: I know.
[Ahh Phillip, can this guy get a line that doesn’t involve calling his brother something?!! And yes – this scene is quite blurry and hard to get a clear image of! Quite absurd!]
Amanda: Fellas! [Why she cries ‘fellas’ and not ‘Phillip!’ is beyond me]
…“Do you really believe the (ze) promises of Utopia?”
Phillip: “I don’t think so but I could be wrong”.
(LOL Amanda really goes for it with her portrayal and the boys get out of the way )Amanda: “You remind me of the dancing weasel, sometimes happy, sometimes sad.” [lol we’ve got two smk episode titles in this dialogue already Watch Dotty react to Amanda here rofl!]
(Jamie rotates the picture showing in the background.)
[Is this to symbolise the ‘sad’?]
Dotty (very flatly!): “Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu.”..
(to Amanda and out of role): …Amanda?
Amanda: Yes, Mother?
Dotty: I don’t understand this man in the shadows character, that just sits at the end of the bar and says
Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu. [Oh good. Yes do explain! I don’t follow either!]
[A broach seems to have fallen on Dotty’s shoulder?! Lovely colour this outfit though.. ]
Amanda: Well, Mother, he’s in the shadows right,
(We see Phillip go back to the picture in the background, and he turns it around again.)
[Oh I see! It’s the picture of an upside down soldier I think]
…he’s foreshadowing the fall of Paris to the Germans.
[lol this play is quite ummm obscure?!]
Jamie: This play is weird.
[I’m with Jamie! who I note is wearing his glasses!!! I’m thinking this is the first time we’ve seen them. Anyone think of another time so far?? sooo in terms of ep order, any episode that has Jamie in it without glasses has to come before this one?.. I think?!]
Amanda: Sweetheart, it’s called Neo-Absurdism…
[One person’s neo-absurdism is another person’s weird! ]
…See everything stands for something else.
I thought when everything stands for something else that was a metaphor, an allegory or an analogy!? [can someone set me straight?] Is this neo-absurdism for real? anyone? Well whether it is or isn’t, it’s a great vehicle for comedy
I think Dotty is trying, but not feeling the love for this play!]
…The whole play takes place in a Paris café and that’s um, the war, or the world.
[LOL even Amanda isn’t sure what it is. I think she’s totally making this up! And it’s not even Martinet’s original work, she’s going off the lame version Krutiov wrote!]
…And the French chanteuse is the free spirit of the French people. All right?
Dotty: The free spirit of the French people does a can-can on the bar!! [Dotty is dubious .
Dotty – I know why the French people do that- Because they can can! ]
Amanda (deadpan): That’s an act of defiance, Mother.
…What ever happens to musicals?
[Was Beverly Garland in any musicals?]
Amanda (to Dotty): Your line.
Dotty: Ok, all right…
“Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu”.
(Jamie tries to make a move out of this torture!)
Jamie: I’m going to watch TV.
(Jamie manages to get the tv on)
Phillip: That’s not part of the play! Haha! [I guess not all the world is a stage after all 😉 ]
(Phillip joins Jamie with the tv watching..)
Jamie: Neither am I! [Good call! haaa]
Dotty: Another act of defiance.
[Haaa I’m with Dotty and the boys. Enough! They don’t share your passion for this absurdity Amanda!]
Dotty: “Mon Dieu”.
[Love how Dotty throws this line back at her deadpan. Hilarious!]
(Dotty then turns to watch the tv.)
Amanda: You have two Mon Dieus
[haaaa.. if you are going to quote the play to ignore me then get it right!]
Dotty: “Mon Dieu,
[Something tells me that at least one of these ‘Mon Dieu’ stands for something else ]
Amanda: Thank you.
Amanda admits defeat and goes back to studying the revised script alone.
Ahh I love this little scene.. Who else loves it???
It feels like smk of old doesn’t it? [lol I guess this is a bit like Amanda knowing the awful dew drops dialogue wasn’t Martinet – it just didn’t feel right!] This feels spot on! Playful and clever dialogue.. and the performances are hilarious! The scene ends here.
I’ll pause here too.. anyone got any thoughts they’d like to share! Thanks for reading!!! Sorry I’m a little delayed hopefully it’s been worth the wait 🙂 hope you are all well!!