“You’re stuck with me now, for good and proper”.
I’m in love with Mr. Bates. I announce this news with giddy delight.
He’s not your typical heart throb: he’s middle aged, he’s a little heavy and of course, that defining limp. There is also that stoic personality, that straight faced look that will only hint of a smile in the presence of Anna.
Why do women fall for these dark, mysterious personalities? These men have so many secrets, it almost takes a crow bar to pry them all free. What would Dr. Phil say?
I hang my head with shame.
I’m new to Downton Abbey. I had heard of it, but thought it was just another English show about snobby aristocrats. However, it’s not. I especially enjoy their play with language. It’s educational in that sense.
I squirm, though, at the fact that they play with, grow up and then marry their cousins. (Yuck). Thank goodness Sybil saw the sense to introduce some fresh blood to the Grantham gene pool.
I am watching the show via DVD, so don’t tease me with Season 3 events. I know Mr. Bates goes to prison for life. Why doesn’t Lord Grantham use his connections and get the man the best lawyers in the country? Come on men!
Mr. Bates’ personality has changed from the first season: he’s more confidant, more defiant, and have you noticed,… his limp has improved. I do love a miracle. I can only anticipate that there is another one in his future.
I was stopped on the street recently by two enthusiastic young men.
They asked me if I had heard of the organization called Doctors Without Borders.
“Of course”, I responded. “Anderson Cooper did a story about them on 60 Minutes”, I said quite frankly.
They then asked me if I could explain the focus of DWB’s work.
“Plumpynut” I said loudly, almost rejoicing in the fact that I knew the answer. My two young friends were surprised by my outburst but a little pleased too that someone shared a similar interest in their work.
Plumpynut is, in fact, the cure for starvation. No child ever needs to die from hunger ever again. This is a significant event in the history of mankind.
It’s a simple paste, full of vitamins, that a mother can squeeze out and place on the tongue of the infant. It’s sweet, so the children eat it easily.
In the video, it profiles one woman who buried 4 babies, due to starvation! 4 babies!
Canada needs to get involved in the production of Plumpynut. Imagine how many lives could be saved.
Henry VIII had Catherine Howard’s lovers drawn and quartered.
This means the condemned was dragged to the execution site on a piece of wood, hanged almost to the point of death, then the sexual organs were removed and the victim, finally, was disemboweled. The man would, obviously, die an agonizing death. After death, his body would be cut into four pieces (quartered). His remains would be left decaying, as a warning to others. Eventually, family members were allowed to return and bury what was left of their loved one.
This sentence was also used for other crimes too, not just adultery with the Queen of England.
I was surprised to hear that this punishment was enforced in Canada at Ancaster, Ontario during the war of 1812.
It should be noted that this punishment was 100% effective – there was no chance of the culprit re-offending. Was Henry on to something?
If only there were some sort of stats that determined the effect this torture had on the observers.
(The following video is not for the faint of heart.)
I know what you did.
It makes me sick.
I’m going to tell.
I finally got around to watching the last season of Desperate Housewives. The show has come full circle, reinforcing the themes of murder and blackmail. The final murder and outcome parallels the first season’s murder of housewife, Mary Alice Young.
In the first season Mary Alice killed her son’s biological mother in an attempt to keep the child safe, the child that she and her husband Paul stole from his drug addicted mother.
In the final season, Carlos kills Gabby’s abusive stepfather in an attempt to keep his own family safe.
This poses the question: When is murder acceptable?
The show is based on the premise that we all have secrets. Wisteria Lane has offered its viewers more than murder over the years: prostitution, terrorism, alcoholism, homosexuality, bisexuality. The Lane has been ripe with conflict.
Is it then a moral action to cover up a murder and protect the person who did the killing? Especially if the person killed is short of moral character? And can one be forgiven for such actions?
Carlos and Susan struggle more than the other characters because of their strong moral character. For Bree, Gabby and Lynette to some degree, their bond of friendship is stronger than the threat of prison.
The final season also reintroduces the notion of blackmail, or the all knowing spying eyes. Both Mary Alice and Bree find anonymous letters in their mailboxes, that consist of three lines: I know what you did. It makes me sick. I’m going to tell.
The first line announces that the secret is out. The second line suggests condemnation. The third line is a threat. The writer is going to turn them in.
This undeniably touches on the theme of sin and the sinner. All will be judged. The note is also rich with shame – shame for the action and perpetrator of the action.
Before being killed, Mike tells Susan that the world is full of ordinary people who do nasty things. Therefore, she should relax for burying a body in the woods? The justification continues: Gabby says that Ramone deserved to die. Of course, she would say that.
The final trial continues to have the inhabitants of Wisteria Lane abusing the law. Why didn’t they just confess? Carlos is the only one who offered to tell the truth. Even Gabby was going to say that she did it, to save her husband. So, apparently manipulation of the law is the way to go in life.
I am intrigued with the note, though. Imagine how other people would react to such a blatant note? I’m talking about people in your own neighborhood. How would you react to such a note in your mailbox? What secrets are you hiding?
I know what you did.
I will miss the show. It was pure entertainment. Very little value can be pulled from it.
The final episode was a little disappointing. Not all the story lines were tied up. Where were Bree’s children when she was on trial? Why wasn’t Mike’s mother at his funeral? Or, why wasn’t Zack there? Mike was his father. Also, did Susan’s mother make it through chemo?
As well, I know that Nicollette Sheridan was fired from the show, but she should have been there along with all the other dead people they profiled at the end. I loved that character!
Ah, Wisteria Lane, I know what you did, and I approve (somewhat).