I picked this episode as I really enjoyed Donald and his connivances but I picked it at this time because it was the beginning of a new era, Paul’s reign as Laird begins, and this month sees the beginning of a new year of Bogliedom, the 3rd. anniversary... so to continue...
At the beginning, we see Donald enjoying himself taking different roles in a rehearsal for Paul’s inauguration as the new Laird.
The day before the inauguration of Paul as the new Laird has dawned, Archie having relinquished the lairdship to go to New Zealand... the Clan Proctor arrives and Paul is surprised as he thought that the ceremony was to be the next day... “Ah yes” she said but I have come early to check out that all is correct and, on hearing that his name was Paul Bowman, said that “It is unusual for the laird not to be a MacDonald!!” and quoting from the official documents “ ‘The Laird will be the surviving legitimate male’, so Donald is the rightful heir” and there is a cry of amazement from all in the room whilst Donald has an expression of disbelief on his face...
the silence is finally broken by Golly who says “Donald... you don’t want to be laird do you?...” a quizzical smile crosses Donald’s face and after a pause “Er... no... “ and then, admiring the Laird's Ring and realising the thought of becoming the Laird
“ ...but whom am I to turn back the tide of destiny... of course I will take it on...” Everyone slowly move out of the room leaving the Proctor musing “Another family feud...”
This is just a lead up to the real Donald....
Donald now felt a new power... the new Laird elect... and decided on showing off his new role...
First Isobel appeared with a new relish, the Laird's Choice, which she hoped Glenbogle would purchase... he is about to sign the agreement but pauses to ask her for a share in the profits, part of this new power, to which Isobel, in her blunt way told him to “Get Stuffed... your lairdship...”
Next we see him again using this new power, putting taxes on the tenants... and Paul takes up their cause telling him that he can’t do this to which Paul says “If I can’t do this... who can?” and then after a pause “If you were Laird, things might be different...” and then in order to rub it in “but you are not laird... are you...” and Paul goes off in disgust.
Paul then returns to the attack by going to him in the library; as he approaches the room he finds a couple of suits of armour beside the door and laughs...
he goes in and then finds Donald sitting in a ‘throne’ with more armour suits... Paul is taken aback and Donald, seeing this, says, showing off his new authority, “We’ve had a bit of a make over, Paul...”
Paul responded “Donald, you can’t impose a Feudal Duty... and back dated for 10 years... they cannot afford to pay this amount...” “This is the corner stone of Lairdship” replied Donald. Paul says that they will rebel and Donald says “Who will lead them?...” After a pause Paul replies “Maybe, I will...” “That’s coming close to treason, boy...” to which Paul replies “You are not fit to be Laird, Donald” and Donald throws him a sword to have a challenge... this is a futile attempt by Donald who finally challenges Paul to take part in a Laird's Challenge which Paul accepts.
The Challenge takes place with Donald winning by several cheats - in a test of strength and endurance, Donald substitutes an olympic champion and has Paul going through a waterlogged track and in the test of Clan Knowledge, for which Golly says “What Donald knows about clan history, you could tattoo on a midge's nipple”; but nevertheless Donald wins by a cheat provided by Lucy... so the Proctor declares Donald as the winner and the legitimate Laird.
Ewan, who had overheard the plot, told the Proctor and finally she declared to Donald that the contest was void and that “I would not let you be inaugurated as Laird” Donald realises that Ewan was responsible for revealing the cheat and tricks he and the Proctor into a dungeon and locks them in... Molly gets Paul to organise a rescue of them and overturns the tables on Donald by changing his jacket, enabling her to get his keys, including the one to the dungeon...
Finally Donald is forced into handing over the Laird's Ring and he finally admits defeat jokingly saying to Paul “I was enjoying myself” and we finally see Paul being installed as the new Laird... and Donald handing over the Laird's Ring to the Proctor to give to Paul
So we see the continuing change of mood in Donald throughout this episode from enjoyment to surprise to quizzical to enjoyment of his new power to becoming puffed up with his new power to fear of Paul’s challenge to cheating and being overtaken by overturning the tables to finally admitting defeat... with a final bravado of saying he enjoyed the whole matter as if it were all one big joke...
So it is interesting to know just what Donald really felt about it...
Just a big joke from the beginning or did he really see great power as Laird... to run shod over all the tenants...
Post by Donald MacDonald on Jun 1, 2009 9:37:35 GMT
Nice summary of the episode there Paul
Hmmm, I'm going to have to re-watch this episode this afternoon ;D I always got the impression that the whole thing was a ploy by Donald to make Paul realise Paul is good enough to be the Laird of Glenbogle. Before this Paul is full of doubts as to whether he can do the job, so to prove to him that he can Donald takes on the job so that Paul is forced to fight him. By rising to the challenge, and realising how much he cares about Glenbogle and its people, Paul finally realises that he is the right man for the job. Of course Donald could have just talked to Paul over a wee dram of whisky, but that's just not Donald's style! I'll watch the episode again though to see if I've got any observations to add to this.
Donald of course is the star of this episode, and Tom Baker rises to the challenge with some marvellously OTT acting in some scenes, whilst beautifully pulling off the serious stuff at the end
Post by Donald MacDonald on Jun 1, 2009 17:29:30 GMT
Right, I've re-watched the episode and I agree with my earlier summation The episode starts with the Laird rehearsal where Paul first expresses his doubts about being the Laird. Later on he says "I'll never be a MacDonald" and "you were born to this Donald, I wasn't".
Our first clue that this is all a ploy by Donald is when the old man says "so far, so good" after Paul accepts the Laird's Challenge. After Paul's coup at the end of the episode Donald says: "Don't you feel you've proved yourself, that you've seized your destiny?... I may have stretched it out a bit but I was enjoying myself!.... I knew what was eating you, Paul, the fear you were never good enough. It used to consume me. I suppose it still does. .... The clan's acclaimed you, accepted you. Of course the one person you had to convince was yourself. You were born to be laird, dear boy!"
So I think it's clear that it was a ploy by Donald to get Paul to realise that he was a worthy laird, that only he really understood how the whole estate functioned, but Donald was having so much fun as the laird that he stretched it out too much. As he said, "I may have stretched it out a bit but I was enjoying myself!" That's often what happens when people play practical jokes, they go too far.
It was a good episode for both Paul and Donald. There were some very funny moments, not just from Donald but from Ewan and Paul too. And I love the final scene where Paul is finally installed as the laird. They even found a job for Donald to do! And it's a great moment when Paul leaves it all behind to chase after Isobel. Shame we never saw her again
Obviously not a popular episode with others... by lack of discussion... there were of course other characters if you want to talk about them instead of Donald...
Other characters ;D
The episode is of course a big Paul episode too, in fact he's more important than Donald as he officially becomes Laird of Glenbogle. Golly and Meg are reunited too, whilst Lucy betrays Paul to help Donald win the Chieftans Challenge - in an attempt to win Paul over, but of course Paul's heart lies elsewhere.
It's not a popular episode because Archie isn't in it. For some fans the show isn't Monarch of the Glen, it's The Archie MacDonald Show so any episode without him in isn't worth watching Oh well, their loss ;D
I rewatched it ! And yep, not really a fav epi for me Dave You know the reason why
Even, there are some lovely scenes in it with Laird Paul, yummy when he's climbing somewhere, can't remember exactly the scene, when you see a glimp of his tummy
But talking about the whole epi, I thought : What if Hector or Archie should have come back ? They should have thrown that silly Donald, who thought to be Laird, out of the House ! Can't believe that Paul didn't do that, no strong character enough I suppose ( diving away for all the Laird Paul fans )
Loved the very last scene where Paul is running after Isobel
I loved this episode, I think Paul was very patient with his uncle. We must remember that he took some persuading to take over the lairdship from his brother in the first place, I don't think he ever came back to Glenbogle for that particular purpose. He would have been more than happy to have been 'second in command' to Archie and enjoy outdoor activies etc.
I thought it so funny in the first scenes, when all on the lawn Donald remembered 'standing about looking young and handsome' and Ewan says .. 'and now you're just standing about' hehe good one Ewan ;D
What if Hector came back ( on earth ) saw Donald sitting there on that trone. You must have seen his face ' grmpf, you silly old chap. Wait ! ' Hector put on one of the Knights Armour which were standing next to the door. Took a sword of the wall and ran into that room ' Come down of that trone you !..... ' Donald gave a yell and as fast he could he ran out of that room, upstairs to the tower room. Hector couldn't go upstairs in that armour He decided to ring Archie with his mobile ( see it before you ;D him in that armour with his mobile ;D ) ' Archie ! where are you ? Put that down and come directly home ! Yes I need you now ! That silly uncle of you will take over the Lairdship of your brother, sorry Half-brother ! oh by the way Archie, sorry for my mistake of long ago, but I was young and wild..you know Okay ! See you within one hour !'
Hector tried to go downstairs again and yelled for Lexie. ' Oh, are you the new Lexie, well I must say I prefer that girl in her short skirts instead of a chap in jeans in the kitchen. Anyway help me out of that thing ! '
Some hours later there was the sound of an aeroplane which landed on the loch.
' Archie ! Are you there !' ' Okay, where is that old man !' Archie yelled and pushed his dad away. Both ran as fast they could to the tower room. Archie opened the door and found his uncle who was snoring a lot. A lot of empty bottles besides him and a smell, unbelievable. ' Well I don't think he's capable to be Laird, let's search for Paul and tell him. By the way Hector, I hope I wont have anymore such surprises as some years ago ' Archie looked with his dark eyes at his dad. ' Erm, don't think so Arch' Hector said looking to his shoes and mummling.
A bit later they found Paul together with Isobel sitting at the Loch. Paul was very glad to see Archie back and hesitated to say hello to his dad. Some days later they celebreted that Paul was the one and only Laird of Glenbogle. Archie went back to New Sealand and when he wanted to say goodbye to Hector they couldn't find him anymore. ' Oh Dad, what can I expect more of you' Archie said looking at the skye.
Sorry if there are mistakes in this wee story, but I typed it very fast and you know my English isn't that good
I loved your mini-sode Maddie!! ;D I'm going to have to go back and re-read it!
You've done a great job outlining this episode, Paul. I only saw it once (and enjoyed it) but unfortunately my particular focus was on the house. So much of it is shown in this episode! I thought it was very creative, so Donaldesque to have the armored guards and all.
I do remember thinking that Donald had no intention of taking on the role of Laird himself. Maybe a little bit of him wanted to experience the glory of it all but I think he basically wanted Paul to appreciate the position himself. I will have to rewatch the episode and pay attention to the storyline this time.
I have a fuzzy memory of Isobel asking Donald to sign some papers and him sticking up his ringed hand or something--very funny.
I've just watched it again and I love this episode.
I love the sparks between Paul and Isobel, when Paul pretends she has shut his finger in the truck and they hold hands and look at each other, until interupted by the insipid Lucy.
I was so sorry for Paul as the inauguration brought up the fact of his illigitimacy again and he said "I'll never be a MacDonald" and you could see the pain in his face.
When Paul fails the challenge he thinks he has let everyone down and Chester said that he's a looser, but Isobel jumps to his defence replying "he'll never be a looser", and I loved it when she kissed Paul good luck before the challenge.
I like the friendship between Paul and Jess and I think they were quite close, and if it hadn't been for Duncan, well who knows?
Donald was very naughty but as they say "the end justifies the means" and he certainly made Paul realise that he really was one of the family and could cope with being the laird without doubting himself, good old Donald.
My favourite quote from this episode came when Ewan and Golly were talking about the quiz and said, "what Donald knows about family tradition you could tatoo on a midges nipple".
I am glad I chose this episode as it has certainly provoked some discussion... the hope that someone else will come up with another one in the coming months... it always helps to keep MOTG alive...
And at the end when Paul runs off after Isobel... obviously even more important to him than the celebration... I wonder if he catches her up... a pity that was the last of Isobel... ah well, I have her back again in my next FF...