This episode has two main story lines. One is the preparation for the Ghillie's Ball. At first all preparations are going smoothly. As Archie leaves with Duncan for the hunt, he asks Molly to help Lexie. "Do what you can; she'll thank you for it in the end." Molly, however unintentionally unplugs the refrigerated food and causes the haggis to explode. Andrew and Killwillie show up to help and they compete for Molly's attention. Molly becomes interested in Andrew only when an early arriving guest, Merilyn MacNaughton, starts flirting with him. (I wish Molly would have just let Merilyn have Andrew. They deserved each other.) Lexie is distraught that everything is going so badly until Molly tells her that "things don't have to always be the same to be good, do they?" Lexie puts her own twist to the affair and the bumper cars, Chinese take-away, and Duncan DJing turn out to be a great success. It was fun to see Molly and Killwillie dancing the tango together.
The other main story line involves Big Eric needing to be put down that day before hunting season ends. A stranger by the name of Paul Bowman shows up with an old photo of Golly looking for his father, who he's never known. To both Paul's and Archie's amazement, Golly reveals that Hector was Paul's father. The news greatly upsets Archie and he still does not accept Paul as a brother in this episode. I love all the beautiful Highland scenery we get to see in this story line.
I love the music being played in the background in the opening scene and once again within the episode. It is sort of melancholy, but beautiful as well. It's a shame it wasn't on the soundtrack. I believe it was used in another episode, but I can't remember which one.
As mentioned, the dance scene with Kilwillie and Molly is terrific. It has always been one of my favorite scenes--you can really tell Susan Hampshire has had dance training. And for once, we see a more refined Kilwillie, even though the tango itself is done with humor.
The cast must have had a blast filming the dodg'em cars scene!!
It is interesting how Archie's mood changes entirely while he is on the mountain, from encouraging Golly to face the situation at hand, to ultimately ignoring and wanting to shun the situation himself, when he realizes how closely he is connected to the truth.
I also enjoy seeing little snippets of real-life moments, ones that we all experience and can relate to that slip into scenes, as when Archie walks Kilwillie to his car. As good hosts, don't we all do this as friends, exchanging some small-talk, some earnest, heart-felt words, just like the words Kilwillie spoke to Archie--he was lucky to have Lexie and Glenbogle was lucky to have the pair of them.
The ending was a bit different, too stopping the action mid motion--that final shot as Paul and Molly twirl together--almost a precursor or omen as to how differently they will be entangled in future episodes--and the look on Archie & Lexie's faces says it all!!
Paul Bowman has come a long way, crossed hills, run off from his garrison, to try and find answers to his parentage. At last he thinks he's found his father in Golly. He's wound up inside himself and feels so hurt as Golly carries on the stalking of Big Eric and doesn't want to address the issue. For a little while Archie sides with Paul, trying to make Golly stop and listen to this man, surely he can see the problem won't go away. Then how Archie's expressions change when Golly reveals that Hector is Paul's father. So many emotions cross Archie's face.
Paul doesn't understand what's going on yet. Here, are three men stalking a deer and who won't hardly speak to him!! He feels he's so near to knowing the truth yet he must be patient. He doesn't understand the association between Big Eric, how it must be Archie who kills it, it is after all - to him - just a deer. He's impatient to know about his father.
He has come so far he must go with them to the house and find out more. He doesn't want anything apart from learning about his father, since his mother has died he is footloose and can't understand the reluctance on Archie's part to just accept him as a half brother.
I agree with you about Paul, Marie. I also think he's a bit overwhelmed after all the years of not knowing anything about his father to find out that we was a Scottish laird. He and his Mom probably struggled to make ends meet as a single parent family. Paul arrives at Glenbogle, sees all the estate land, the big house, the fancy party being given and feels like he's somehow been cheated by this rich guy Hector who left he and his Mom high and dry. He's already put his military career on the line by going AWOL after his mother's death. Now his new-found brother is treating him coolly. It's a hard time for Paul.
Post by ilovemotgtobits on Mar 11, 2008 10:04:58 GMT
I have to admit, i didn't like the way Archie treated him. I understand that Paul reminded him of Jamie, but it was not Paul's fault that Hector had an 'affair'. I don't actually blame Hector, because he thought Molly had left.
Oh I can understand how Archie must have feeled himself. How should you be yourself when at once a stranger is standing before you and it seems to be your brother ? I should react like Archie did, and I think Paul could understand his reaction, don't you all think so ?
Archie would have rather not been the one to deal with the "problem" of Paul. But as head of the family, he had to; it was his duty. That was why I think he said, "I was never meant to be the oldest son. Jamie should be here, not me."
Firstly I think Lexie was being so stubborn trying to organise the whole Ball without any help, I suppose she was trying to prove a point but as Molly said she never used to do it by herself, she had loads of help, and she certainly shouldn't have been making sandwiches for everyone in the middle of that huge catering job. Lord knows how long they would have been gone to get that Chinese Takeaway, I can't imagine there would have been one very near to the house.
I felt very sory for Paul when he walked into the house and was looking at the picture of Hector, Archie didn't even tell him that was his father and he seemed so out of place and awkward at the party.
Yes poor Archie had difficulty with accepting other siblings - Paul as son of Hector but not of Molly and on another occasion when it appeared that Katrina appeared to be his sister!! The only other one in his mind was Jamie who died when out boating with him!! Poor Archie, it's no wonder he finally wanted to get away from it all - first mountain climbing with Lizzie and finally with Lexie to New Zealand! And poor Hector being responsible for Paul and thought to be, for Katrina!!
Sorry it has taken me so long to get involved - I loved this episode, it very much represented the start of the change from the old order to the new.
The episode begins with showing Big Eric is injured, and by the end of the episode Archie takes responsibility as the new head of the clan (in all senses of the word) by putting the poor beast out of its misery and acceping his new half brother. The old symbolic Monarch of the Glen (according the Landseer anyway) is dead long live the new Monarch.
I also loved Hannah Gordons floozy of a family member "Oh I intend to have my stag stuffed and mounted by midnight," excellent comedy moments in a more seriously themed episode.
P.S. Any ideas what we will be watching for April?