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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Notes on a Wonderful Genre: Rewatching the First Season of Downton Abbey

You're probably pretty over Downton Abbey coverage by now, but here you are and here I am.

The only way to start a movie or a television serial about upstairs/downstairs relationships in a stately home is to have a new servant show up. There is no alternative.

New Servant – "Hey, I'm new here!"
Old Servants – "We're skeptical of newcomers, as ours is a curious closed world with a clearly defined dominance hierarchy, like wolves or stockbrokers. Let us show you around for the next four hours and introduce all of the protagonists to you and to the audience."
New Servant – "Isn't it psychologically and culturally odd to be a servant? Let's look thoughtful about it."
Old Servants – "Wow. That IS odd. I had literally never considered that before. Why can't we have nice things, like snuffboxes?"
New Servant – "Perhaps one day the world will be different."
Old Servants – "Perhaps it will."

Legal matters are complicated! Rich people hate entails, but they love talking about entails.

Lord Grantham – "Cora, let's remind ourselves of how I married you so your money could save Downton Abbey."
Cora – "You sure did marry me so my money could save Downton Abbey."
The Dowager Countess – "If only Cora's money, which you married her for to save Downton Abbey, hadn't been bundled into the estate."
Lord Grantham – "Yes, the estate (which Cora's money, which I married her for to save Downton Abbey, cannot be separated from) must pass to my nearest male heir on my death."
Cora – "It's such a shame that your nearest male heir died on the Titanic, and now the estate, which cannot be separated from my money, which you married me for to save Downton Abbey, must pass to a new male heir instead of our daughter, Mary."
Everyone – "Does Mary have to marry Mr. Collins now?"
The Dowager Countess – "Pretty much."

The future is coming for all of you.

Lord Grantham – "Do you want some tea? I'll ask Carson to have us sent some tea. People bring us tea on the daily, which affords me time to be moderately introspective about the idea of being brought tea."
Thomas – "I am evil, but I will bring you tea now, as I am a cunning survivor with a much clearer grasp of my situation than any of you foppish losers. I am the first evil opportunistically-gay character since Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, which is kind of progressive."
Sybil – "Do you know what's even better than tea? Pants, and votes for women."
Blind Cook – "It sure would be easier to make tea if we had electricity in the kitchen."
Dead Turkish Diplomat – "Hey, we could probably have sex without a lifetime of rigorous duty and ceremony and having tea together."
Matthew – "I am too good to be served tea by a manservant. Someday, tea will come in dusty bags, and we will all be able to buy it from the store together, as equals."



162 Comments / Post A Comment

anachronistique

Remember that time Sybil wore pants? And Branson hung out looking through the window like a creeper? And then it was NEVER MENTIONED AGAIN?

candybeans

@anachronistique ... you. just. wait.

atipofthehat

@anachronistique

And now no one knows if she wore harem pants during her season in London, or something more to the point.

Alixana

@atipofthehat HOLY CRAP.

heb
heb

@anachronistique If I died today, my only regret would be never using
"Lady Sybil's Harem Pants" as a trivia team name.

anachronistique

@atipofthehat Homina homina.

Lucienne

@atipofthehat Plus Felicity Jones?! If they add in Gemma Arterton it will be a perfect storm of smokey-voiced British brunettes. Some day ...

Q
Q

@anachronistique YOU'LLLLL SEEEEE /support of Branson's creepery

anachronistique

@Q It's not the creepery! It's the pants! WHITHER THE HAREM PANTS?

@atipofthehat Consider my monocle thoroughly popped.

Lindsay Gordon@facebook

GOOD TIMING. I just watched the first two episodes last night. That was all true and real.

Dancercise

First Natalie Wood and now this?! It's like you DON'T want me to be productive at work today.

melis

NICOLE

YOU ARE A SHIMMERING ORB OF PERFECT

DO YOU EVEN

I CAN'T EVEN

YOU ARE PERFECT

melis

Ugh, Matthew would use bagged tea.

itmakesmewonder

@melis He is something of a dusty bag himself.

atipofthehat

@melis

"Gee, darling, would you like some darjeeling?"

bitzyboozer

@melis Hey now, I will brook no aspersions being cast on Matthew, who is the best. Season 2 really endeared him to me...and to avoid being all spoilery that's all I will say!

melis

@bitzyboozer Oh no, I am solidly pro-Matthew. But I am not blind to his faults, and that man is a dunker of tea bags, I can assure you.

ejcsanfran

@melis: I too am a fan of teabags. We are talking about the same thing, right?

ejcsanfran

@bitzyboozer: Um, I think you kind of spoiled the fact that apparently Matthew survives the war, despite every time he leaves for The Front, the scenes are strongly suggesting that's the last we or Mary will see of him. I was kind of looking forward to another even more distantly-related male heir... Maybe a chartered accountant?

bitzyboozer

@ejcsanfran I didn't say he survived! Or that he didn't! If I spoiled the fact that he is alive for at least part of season 2, I apologize.

atipofthehat

@bitzyboozer

I predict we haven't seen the last of the Patent Limp-Straightener. Perhaps Edith will fish it out of the pond?

Eudora Quilt@twitter

@melis Matthew is a real mystery. At first I found him the epitome of bland and basic and not even all that handsome and would almost have given up on Downton because I was downright insulted about the show's suggestion that I was supposed to swoon over him. Then he grew on me and I found myself google-imaging the actor and ended up swooning in spite of myself.

I think it's because he looks so pretty when he gets his feelings hurt.

BoozinSusan

@Eudora Quilt@twitter Yes. I think the Lavinia thing was what really made me like him.

candybeans

there is no such thing as too much DA coverage. In fact, I would like to know where I can go to talk about it MORE. Is there a website I'm not reading somewhere that might sate my desire to talk about it more??

Dancercise

@candybeans
I downloaded and watched through episode 6 of season 2 last night and there's NO ONE TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH. Melis is being all noble and waiting to watch it on PBS with her family and I need to talk about ALL THE THINGS. There were so many tears last night. So many.

Jenn

@candybeans I know a place if you're into lamps: http://downtonabbeylamps.tumblr.com/

atipofthehat

@Dancersize

It is indeed noble not to understand how to work the controls.

raised amongst catalogs

@Dancersize I thought I was the only one waiting to watch it on PBS with my family!

candybeans

@Jenn frankly, I'll take what I can get. i NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT.
And, @Dancersize, just wait until the xmas special!!! AAah, just watch it now!
see, this is why maybe a hairpin forum would be good, because we could designate a little special spoiler-filled room to talk this over! i don't have IRL friends who are *quite* as into dissecting this stuff as I am.

melis

@atipofthehat COME ON YOU GUYS I PIRATE STUFF ALL THE TIME

DON'T BE DICKS

atipofthehat

@melis

"Hello, this is Mr Carson, the butler of Downton Abbey. To whom am I speaking?"

pterodactgirl

@candybeans I am in this same situation! My roommate will not let me change her life for the better by getting her into this show (I mean, she's actually just busy and she says we can watch it soon, but still.) And I need to talk about it! Matthew! Mrs. Bates! That maid! (you know the one I'm talking about) Urghh. Everything. Just everything.

Sgt. Grumbles

@Jenn I'll see your Downton Lamps tumblr, and raise you a downton on the subway tumblr. downtonatrain.tumblr.com

candybeans

@pterodactgirl oh, that maaaid. did not care for her, but sort of wanted to... *be* her? is that wrong? (yes) Are you all caught up now? like, xmas special caught up?
and, your roommate's a dummy. there is nothing that could be as important as this. i watched the 1st season while studying for the bar! COME on!

lisma

@Dancersize let's talk.

melis

@Sgt. Grumbles Let us not forget DowntonPawnee.tumblr.com.

pterodactgirl

@candybeans I entirely understand those wrong wrong urges. And I am caught up now! (And am still not over the magic of that Christmas special.) And I know! She just doesn't UNDERSTAND yet. I told her the other day that I cannot describe the miracle of sight to a blind person and she's just going to have to trust me that it will be life-changing.

rachelrachel

@Dancersize It's possible I have seen all of season 2 AND the Christmas Special and man now I'm jealous that everyone else has new episodes to watch...

candybeans

@pterodactgirl we may need a pin up dedicated solely to drinking port and rehashing every damn moment of this glorious tv show.

pterodactgirl

@candybeans I currently have the whole first season on my DVR too. And the fixins for a dessert recipe I didn't get to make over Christmas...

candybeans

@pterodactgirl we should send out the bat signal. which, in this case, would be a Pin, of course. What's the typed out symbol, again? c===: ?

Faintly Macabre

@candybeans Ugh, I just wanted the maid to go away! All the new maids! Too many plotlines! Not enough Daisy being silly instead of emo! Not enough Violet! (There is never enough Violet.)

travelmugs

@melis WHY IS THIS THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN DOWNTONPAWNEE? You're my favorite.

candybeans

@Faintly Macabre there were too many maids, it's true. and daisy...ugh. she was my LEAST favorite character in season 2. JUST GET OVER IT, DAISY.

bitzyboozer

@candybeans I agree completely, except then there's Ethel. Daisy > Ethel. Everyone > Ethel.

pterodactgirl

@candybeans That is a vaguely phallic 'pin symbol, but I will roll with it!

@Faintly Macabre Agreed x 1,000,000.

nerdicity

@melis thank you so much for this tumblr reference. My two favorite shows, together!

atipofthehat

"'Entails?' I thought they were talking about 'entrails.' Great god, are you saying that these people are NOT vampires?"

phlox

I just watched the first season yesterday and today and ah, I love it! And yes, the set-up is so very P&P but Matthew is way better than Mr. Collins. But the clothes! And the hats!

But why do they all hate Edith so much? She seems a little bland, compared to Mary and Sybil, but Mary and even her mother are so mean to her!

atipofthehat

@phlox

Did you miss an episode ?!

raised amongst catalogs

@phlox I think they hate Edith because she's a vindictive viper?

atipofthehat

@vanillawaif

I keep wanting to root for her because she's named Edith.

Hey, maybe she'll end up with Thomas, the Evil Footman!

raised amongst catalogs

@atipofthehat It would serve both of them right.

atipofthehat

@vanillawaif

Long nights spent baiting the lame and composing scurrilous notes to foreign dignitaries.

phlox

@atipofthehat But they were mean to her before the letter! And her mother didn't know about that at all. I just don't see how she's any worse than Mary.

atipofthehat

@phlox

With that, I agree. And I think she's attractive, too. Maybe it's like when you have three cats and one skulks around and gets picked on--until one of the other cats dies, and the dynamics change, and a completely different personality emerges.

raised amongst catalogs

@phlox I believe (and this is just me being way more into this show than is healthy) that what we SEE of Edith in the present day is likely an indication of what the family has seen from Edith for years and years, before we "came to Downton," so to speak. That is why I think she's sort of the one they all roll their eyes about all of the time. She is, to my mind, the family's equivalent of O'Brien.

pterodactgirl

@phlox She isn't really, (and deep down in my heart I do have some love for Edith and I hope she gets a good storyline next season) but it's just that Mary is catty WITH STYLE.

And it has made all the difference.

phlox

@vanillawaif That is an excellent point. Thanks, everyone!

melis

Mary can be cruel, but Edith is a sneak, and there is a world of difference there. One can be cruel and have integrity. But SNEAKS deserve to have all of their engagements ruined forever.

Nicole Cliffe

There are episodes where it's a Giant Douche v. Turd Sandwich battle.

Lucienne

@phlox I think Mary and Edith are both spiteful, but I judge Mary more harshly because she really is a child who wants everything and anytime Edith looks like she might move into her own she has to move to crush it. (I also judge her more harshly because I'm the oldest of three girls and think she does a shitty job at it.)

They're both better in the second season, which just goes to show how important meaningful work is to not being a whiny bitch!

candybeans

@Lucienne interesting; i think mary has moments of impressive self-denial. I mean, i don't want to get too spoilery up in this piece, so i'll refrain from specific examples, but in the second season, she makes choices that are definitely for the good of others and not herself. these choices result from her selfishness in season 1, granted, but it seems like there's some evolution for her as a character from 1 to 2.
or maybe that's what you meant by them both being better in season 2. they snipe at one another less, too.

Lucienne

@candybeans Yeah, that is what I meant. Edith, at least, actually manages to do something (which is pretty much all she ever wanted). Without getting spoilery, think of how differently both behave when the house puts on the show for the soldiers. There's a vast improvement, but the differences in their characters are very clearly exposed.

I still wish the second season had been better, of course!

candybeans

@Lucienne good point. the show was kind of a telling moment for both of them. Edith definitely came alive when she had a purpose (which, arguably, is why she's so infatuated with the men she's been infatuated with--they both need her help, in some way). I guess I let Mary slide on that one, because that would've been my reaction to that situation, pretty much. (they don't want to see my dumb ass sing, do they??)

Lucienne

@candybeans Mary's reaction is absolutely 100% understandable and she went ahead and did the right thing. But at the same time part of me was like "OMG, Mary this isn't about you and how special you are!"

Faintly Macabre

@Lucienne I think part of why the family likes Mary better (besides how pretty and flirtatious she is) is that while they're both bitches, Mary's more clever/entertaining, and mostly sabotages herself.(Like what pterodactgirl said.) Edith is treated like crap, but she's kind of a wet rag in S1, and writing a letter that could socially destroy your family and possibly your own prospects just to get back at your sister for her catty remarks is not the mark of a very clever person.

bitzyboozer

@phlox To me Edith seems like the classic less-pretty little sister, with all the attendant dreary complexes that entails. I do feel sorry for her, but she doesn't make it easy.

simone eastbro

@phlox i really really really really hope that it turns out in season 3 that Edith is a lesbian, maybe Well of Loneliness style. it would explain A LOT.

Inconceivable!

More Downton coverage can only be a good thing. Everyone should be watching! But because I have already seen all there is to see of DA (though...means...) I have been watching the old Upstairs, Downstairs, which I got for Christmas. It is not quite as pretty but it is more delightfully scandalous.

bangs
bangs

@Inconceivable! Did they remake Upstairs Downstairs? I swear I watched a new version on a plane once.

Inconceivable!

@Xaxa I think it's not technically a remake but a new season of the old show. Some of the same actors are in it? In the same house, maybe? I haven't seen it yet because I'm not finished with the original.

melis

Let us talk of Cecily Meldrum and "You Rang, M'Lord?" now.

Lucienne

@melis I was really sad that Gwen got her job because I wanted her to end up with Sybil. :(

melis

@Lucienne GASP

teaandcakeordeath

@melis YOU RANG M'LORD!!!
I only remember glimpses of the butler, the maid and the monocled woman but thats enough to make me think it was genius.

Inconceivable!

@melis Oh wow, I've never heard of that, but now that I have, I must watch it!

melis

SHE'S LIKE A LESBIAN NILES CRANE YOU GUYS

A LESBIAN NILES CRANE

Inconceivable!

@melis I ADORE Niles! What a fabulous description. If only she had her own invisible Maris about which to make jokes.

melis

Well, there was "my chum Penelope."

propermake

i'm so excited that my male roommate has started watching downton abbey. so much to talk about! he says it's because dudes online have said it's a good accompaniment to boardwalk empire.

pterodactgirl

@propermake Where are these dudes? Is this an article I can cite to get my dude friends to watch Downton? Because I would like to do that.

raised amongst catalogs

@pterodactgirl My manfriend thought I was nuts for watching the first season two times in as many weeks -- until he sat down and watched it with me and then I watched it for a third time with HIM before the second week was over!

mynamebackwards

@pterodactgirl my dude dutifully sat through the season 2 premiere (he ignored me when I watched season one on netflix over the summer) and then said "ok. that's a really good show."

tortietabbie

@propermake I was watching it (rewatching season 1!) while my dude did something else one night and I thought he wasn't paying attention, but the next day he texted me, "hey that show you were watching last night seemed pretty good...if you wanted to watch more later that would be OK with me," and now he's HOOKED. My proudest moment.

queenofbithynia

I am the first evil opportunistically-gay character since Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, which is kind of progressive."

SOMEONE is not watching enough "REVENGE" (Wednesday nights, on ABC. Thank you.) An ideal choice of show for a paired-viewing and comparative-essay, I might add.

cuminafterall

@queenofbithynia Yes, Revenge! I thought I was the only person who watches it (except for my dad). So many rich people whispering at each other and betraying each other. What's not to like?

anachronistique

@queenofbithynia I need to catch up on Revenge. But it really makes me pine for summer.

Lily Rowan

REVENNNNNNGE! shakes fist at sky

I'm sorry, I have to do that any time it comes up.

And yes! There needs to be more comparing and contrasting of Revenge and Downton Abbey.

raised amongst catalogs

@cuminafterall Wait, I haven't seen it. Is the whispering like super intense hissing?

cuminafterall

@vanillawaif Yes! Along with some of the less-traditional low, monotone whispervoice you might associate with daytime soaps.

thebestjasmine

@queenofbithynia REVENGE IS THE BEST.

Obviously, next to Downton, but they have many awesome similarities, and are both amazing and have all of my love.

combledore

@queenofbithynia REVENGE.

All-caps title mandatory.

Heike

Matthew's permanently open mouth annoys me to the extent of shouting "Shut your mouth!" at the TV screen. It could probably feature in a Downton Abbey open mouth drinking game.
And that entail, well, give it a few more years and the Land Reform Acts will sweep the entire plot device away.

atipofthehat

@Heike

What I'm waiting for is the moment when Bertie Wooster, his aunt Agatha, and Jeeves somehow blunder onto the scene. Jeeves vs. Thomas the Evil Footman would be delicious.

Dancercise

@atipofthehat
I like you.

melis

Someone needs to write that spec script immediately.

pterodactgirl

@atipofthehat Everyone unites to get Gussie Fink-Nottle engaged to Edith. Perfection.

atipofthehat

@pterodactgirl

...and Honoria Glossop marries Lady Sybil!

Lily Rowan

@atipofthehat I'm waiting for Lady Sybil to move to London and hang out with Harriet Vane and that fast crowd....

pterodactgirl

@Lily Rowan ...and get hooked on cocaine with Dian de Momerie?

Lily Rowan

@pterodactgirl AHHH! Even better! She is totally at those parties!!

Faintly Macabre

@atipofthehat But what if Stephen Fry and Thomas fell in loooove?

Bertie would probably end up accidentally engaged to both Mary and Edith, be petrified of both, and take comfort in Isis.

atipofthehat

@Lily Rowan

Until she moves to Paris and bakes brownies with Alice B. Toklas and teams up Gertrude Stein, Sherlock Holmes, and Marcel Duchamp (via telegraph) to solve a series of unusual crimes.

pterodactgirl

@Lily Rowan Can we somehow work in Anna traveling to New York with Lady Mary and hiring Nero Wolfe to solve the case of who killed Mrs. Bates?

atipofthehat

@pterodactgirl

I can't speak for Lily, but I say YES!

(Clearly, it was Arnold Zeck.)

pterodactgirl

@atipofthehat I think it's pretty clear to all of us that O'Brien has really just been Arnold Zeck in disguise all along.

yunkstahn

@atipofthehat A thousand times yes!

Lily Rowan

@pterodactgirl YES PLEASE. Lady Mary should definitely marry a rich American, to take the family full circle.

atipofthehat

@pterodactgirl

I have a feeling that a Gussie-Edith match might work out. She's bound to be fond of newts.

atipofthehat

@All

Apparently Hairpin fan fiction is a Thing.

oh, disaster

I'll take all the Downton coverage I can get. It mentally combats all the people on my FB who are like, "Should I really watch this Downton Abbey thing?" I'm sick of typing YES YES YES.

Tropical Iceland

Yesss! I was JUST googling Downton Abbey reviews for the fifth time this week. I swear if this wasn't the internet I would be handing out my phone number so somebody would watch it with me and yell at the tv in real time (KISS HIM!!). I just blew through the second series (hey, I don't have regular tv, I would've resorted to the internet anyway) and I can't say I wasn't kind of disappointed. Are there any British sites where I can complain?

Spoiler?
The worst thing about this show is that it doesn't realize the only storyline I really care about is Sybil and Branson, the two most gorgeous people on earth. I haven't lived so vicariously through a costume drama character since Scarlett O'Hara.

breccia

Oh. Hey! I just realized that it's called "Downton Abbey" and not "Downtown Abbey."

It's been a big day for me!

ejcsanfran

@breccia: Downtown Abbey is Season 3 - the Crawleys move to lower Manhattan.

lisma

@breccia my boyfriend calls it DOWNTOWN Abbey to bug me and I slap him on the head.

Dancercise

@breccia
For at least the first three episodes, I thought the family's last name was "Grantham," so.

SuperGogo

@ginalouise My Winter BF calls it Mr. Belvedere to bug me.

Megasus

@breccia Oh, don't worry, I initially thought it was called that too!

dinos

@ejcsanfran I think I would faint from joy if they did that. 1910/1920s New York scenery! Catty American socialites! FLAPPER COSTUMES. Let's hope they get to at least visit Cora's family in season 3.

Faintly Macabre

@breccia I called it that for a while, and my sister still teases me mercilessly, like, "Haha, I can't BELIEVE you called it Downtown Abbey! Remember when you called it Downtown Abbey? Hahaha." It's only a one-letter difference!

Megasus

@dinos Yes! Cora's relatives totally need to at least visit! And, based on the Xmas special, we MIGHT get to see them (that is all I will say).

Lucienne

Do those odd blurry bits bother anyone else? It's like they got water on the camera lens or something, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it!

(Also, I know I am not imagining it/have a problem with my eyes.)

Nicole Cliffe

I just noticed that last night! Cora's dress was like a Seurat painting.

Lucienne

@Nicole Cliffe I thought at first it was supposed to imitate silent film lenses but 1) that wouldn't make any sense; 2) there aren't any silent film lenses that do that; 3) they shoot in widescreen. It's just such a weird choice!

ejcsanfran

@Lucienne: It's all a dream sequence - the season ends with Bobby Ewing getting out of the shower and then marrying Lady Mary.

SuperGogo

@ejcsanfran I thought it ends with Lady Mary waking up in bed next to Mary Tyler Moore?

SuperGogo

@ejcsanfran Aw crap, joke ruined. I meant Suzanne Pleshette.

ejcsanfran

@SuperGogo: BUT I KNEW WHAT YOU MEANT! And I totally LOL'd.

Lucienne

@SuperGogo Hi, I'm Sybil, and this is my sister Mary and my other sister Edith.

... I'm still working on it, okay.

Dancercise

@Lucienne I'd put Mary first, seeing as how it sounds the most like "Larry." And... Sybil sounds like "Darryl"?

atipofthehat

Okay could someone please tell me:

WHAT THE HELL WAS IN THAT CAKE OF SOAP ????

lisma

@atipofthehat Slippery Abortion Soap!

candybeans

@ginalouise UGH DON'T TALK ABOUT IT. TOO SAD. poor cora.

cuminafterall

@atipofthehat Now that "abortifacient soap" is in my work computer search history, I can tell you that lye (an ingredient in old-fashioned soap) is really, really horrible.

Lucienne

@cuminafterall Yeah, considering soapy water was one way of aborting, that was kind of an on-the-nose choice.

atipofthehat

@cuminafterall

Ah. Lard and DRANO. And instead of burning skin....

cuminafterall

@atipofthehat As my high school chem teacher used to say, "acids burn metal, bases burn humans."

cuminafterall

@cuminafterall Why would you say something horrible like that in a thread about Cora's baby, you inhuman scoundrel.

melis

@cuminafterall Well, it's only the size of a hamster ("Small rabbit!" -historians) then, so.

Ashley Alvarez@twitter

"Why can't we have nice things, like snuffboxes?"

I just spat tea all over my keyboard at work. TOO GREAT.

rabswom

I want to get a Corgi and name him Mr. Carson.

tortietabbie

@rabswom I cannot handle how adorable that is.

Q
Q

@rabswom You may need to see this: http://youtu.be/gkyNUZ3S6eg

Megasus

@rabswom OMMMMGGG totes my next Corgi's name. Although it will probably be a girl. But I like giving girls boys names, and Carson might kind of work? My current corgi is named Darwin, so clearly the hyper-British thing needs to continue.

Megasus

@Q Well he did use to be in vaudeville (which frankly I would like pictures of please!)

combledore

Can I be Lady Sybil, please? With the naive do-goodery (totally a word) and the ill-advised pants?

Q
Q

Don't be vulgar. Matthew Crawley would never say "store" when he meant "shop" (or perhaps "grocer").

Moon of My Life

Can we talk about that weird thing the writers do, where they slip in super modern references and turns of phrase, like when Matthew and Mary talk about how "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" or when Bates says "whats up?" to Anna????? I totally love it but... like... WHAT DOES IT MEAN???

redfox

@hannahdoll001 Actually, "all work and no play" is not super-new at all!

Behold: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_work_and_no_play_makes_Jack_a_dull_boy

redfox

@redfox Oh, and apparently the first recorded use of "What's up?" to mean "what is happening?" is from 1881.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=what

Emily Eileen@twitter

@hannahdoll001 Agreed! What about when Mary told the driver that her father would "hit the roof"? I thought that phrase seemed out of place...

topanga_lives

@hannahdoll001 Or when Mary told Matthew they have "luggage" and the writers clearly wanted her to say they had "baggage" but knew they couldn't get away with it!

Moon of My Life

@topanga_lives YES! that was hilarious! good to know i'm not the only one noticing this, i thought for a second i was freaking out over a thing that wasn't really a thing.

nerdicity

I am obsessed with this show. It's all I want to watch/do/be/talk about all day long.

Shayna

@nerdicity Ditto. The new season cannot come fast enough ;_; Also I wish the entire two people I know would watch season 2 already so I could squee... >.>

scojo

I wanted to read all the comments but decided that there were too many spoiler hints. the HINT IS A SPOILER ITSELF, mkay??!

can melis get her own hairpin column?

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