November Favorite Episode Nov 4, 2007 22:36:57 GMT
Post by shkrimtare on Nov 4, 2007 22:36:57 GMT
A Discussion of Episode 4:3
“…It’s not the body work…it’s what’s under the bonnet that counts…”
There are several reasons why I will always enjoy this episode. The first is for the transformation that Golly undergoes, although only from a fan’s perspective, as he looked mighty fine but really was in no need of change. Another is for the drama, with such a range of emotions present; envy, anger, greed, hurt, doubt, betrayal, jealousy, sadness, and ultimately love.
I have seen this episode many times but it has never been with such a keen eye toward all of the little nuances that take place, which have altered my perspective to some degree. The character with the most pivotal role is Duncan; his immaturity (i.e. the plasma rifle scene) is offset by moments of heart-felt advice, insights and observations. It’s hard to determine whose ‘side’ to be on and where the blame should lay because each character has their valid reasons for reacting the way they do. Though, I am now of the belief that despite Lexie’s haste and misunderstandings of certain events, she was right in doubting Archie’s commitment to her.
“…you’re beautiful…” I’d always focused on Duncan as he says this line to Lexie in the opening scene, but it is her reaction that is more interesting to note. Modeling her wedding gown, she stands for a second gazing at her reflection in the mirror and it’s as though she has a revelation—ah yes, maybe I am pretty. Is she also starting to think—maybe I am worthy? She definitely experiences self-doubt later in the episode.
I was confused with Archie’s sudden ‘take charge’ attitude when he and Lexie meet with Reverend Alice, finding it almost comical. He has planned their wedding down to the very last detail, fluffing off the suggestion that they create their own wedding vows, then saying, “Surprise!”
Are we to assume Archie’s so overwhelmed by this union that he wants the largest celebration he can imagine? Or was he trying to convince himself that this really is the right decision?
When Archie realizes it is Katrina who is the first candidate, the look on his face is, “Oh, sh--!!!”
Katrina’s responses are so catty! “…If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with…” She’s saying this with a ha-ha tone, but it’s really quite mean! In response to her leaving her political job she states, “…I got tired of all the backstabbing and betrayal…I guess I thought things would be different at Glenbogle…silly me…” What??? Talk about sour grapes!!! Talk about treating Archie’s new relationship as though it didn’t count. Archie later reminds her that she is the one who left, but here’s where it gets tricky. Although I don’t feel she was right to come back expecting Archie to not have moved on with his life, she shouldn’t be faulted for having left to pursue a new career.
The Katrina/Lexie confrontation starts off pretty civil and then the claws come out and everything takes a nasty turn! I had always thought Lexie provoked it, but now I think it was more Katrina saying, “…You’ve been promoted…” Ouch! However, it was rude that Lexie didn’t show up for dinner. I’d forgotten this, too. (I always wondered if there was a scene cut on the US dvd here, do they ever show Archie, Katrina, Molly & Louis in the dining room in other versions?)
The Estate Office scene with Duncan and Lexie is so gut-wrenching, her pain so felt! I know there are tricks to fake things, like using glycerin drops for tears, but she is all-out bawling, red-eyed and sniffling—excellent acting on her part. Through the genuine expression of his feelings Duncan is able to console Lexie while gently suggesting that she is her own greatest obstacle, “…Katrina’s not your problem, you are…”
One thing that bothered me during the entire episode was that Archie just never all-out declared that he was going to marry the woman he loved. By the loch he tells Irene, “…Between love, duty, loyalty, and friendship I don’t know what to do…” Hmmm…it seems you’ve made your decision…a ring has been given…hasn’t it?
He tells Katrina “…I’m going to marry Lexie…” and that she “…wasn’t being fair…” and that she’s the one who left, but he wasn’t resolute enough in my opinion. Based on his reaction when Katrina turns down the teaching position because she couldn’t bear to live there if it meant she couldn’t be with him—I honestly feel that he was second-guessing his decision. His words imply Katrina would be under the wrong impression if she thought there was any possibility of them getting back together, but I don’t think he really knew how deeply she loved him until that very moment.
Kudos again for Duncan’s boldness when Archie confronts him about Lexie running off, there could not have been a more just response than, “…what, there was plan…”
Ah, Golly. His transformation scene is cool personified. The blues music, the camera shots, everything! It was awful that he had to overhear Irene and Duncan talking in the kitchen, but instead of cowering, he did something about it. For every jab Irene threw him, he had an answer. He even states that maybe there’s more to him than meets the eye. His pointed remark, “…it’s what’s under the bonnet that counts…” really said it all. It didn’t work out between them, but it was her loss! The meteor shower held more meaning at the end of the episode!
In the last scene Lexie is wearing a pretty, lacy white top—perhaps it’s a hint at what’s to come…
I liked how, when they are standing in the great hall, Archie mouths to Lexie, “…what?” after her confrontation with Katrina and then rolls her eyes and walks away exasperated.
I thought costuming did a great job having Katrina pair the long brownish ‘coat’ with various outfits. It was sensible, working-girl attire that one would be wearing, especially when travelling.
I know Lexie blows things out of proportion when she sees Archie and Katrina talking for the last time, but can you imagine seeing that? I felt it in the pit of my stomach.
Duncan's physical agility never ceases to amaze me!
I love that one of the dogs was sitting with his head resting on the kitchen table in a scene with Duncan, Irene and the tracking device. It was very cute--though my dog isn’t allowed to do that!! ;D
Lexie to Archie in response to their wedding vows: “…love, honor and obey you mean…”
Duncan talking to the bird who’s captured the tracking device as if it were a dog: “Drop it…Leave it…”
Golly to Duncan about the car:
D: Where did you get it?
G: Came free in a packet of cornflakes…
Golly to Irene after the drag race: “…age and treachery will always win over youth and horsepower…”
Golly and Duncan after one of Golly’s dates with Irene:
G: We went clubbing.
G: Yes, those baby seals really take it out of you. ;D
I have two screen caps of things I noticed: The first are the telephone wires. Yes, we all know they exist, just funny to see them in a scene. (They are in the upper right corner of the first picture.) In the second cap, I just love this shot of Archie’s bedroom because you can see out the window across the hall. The dormer window that can be seen is on the opposite building which forms part of the Center Court.
(In all of my screen caps, the poor actors become casualties in my attempt to acquire the best 'house' shots! ;D)
I look forward to reading everyone else's comments about the episode!!