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that's what I call a happy ending



Yes! Yes yes yes yes yes! That was fucking magnificent. Everything about it. It was just beautiful. I got a bit teary when Tim, that truly decent boy, offered to go for a drink with the pathetic Brent. I started bawling when 'Back for Good' by Take That came on when Dawn was leaving, and I cried even more when she opened her parcel. And when we saw her return in the background, my sister and I literally started shrieking with joy. Even the vile Brent's happy ending made us smile.

It was perfect television. A comedy that makes you cry properly is a beautiful thing.

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stephencass
Dec. 28th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
Best Lines:

"Could we please not talk about my dead mother's breasts?" -- Just hilarious.

"Chris?...Why don't you fuck off?!" -- Brent's moment of redemption, funny and touching, which was amazing given how awful David is. Perhaps he's capable of a human relationship after all.

I also liked how they made Neil less sympathetic -- although David shouldn't have been in the building so much, the way Neil kept turning the knife made you wonder if maybe in a few years he was going to get busted for Enron-esque activity...

I loved it when Dawn and Tim started winding up Garreth again as if they'd never stopped.

Tim taking the bullet for Brent, just so he wouldn't be humiliated at the hands of Preggie was a moment of real class.

The little references sprinkled throughout to previous episodes were great too -- Brent dancing, the crush on the black guy, even the monkey: priceless.

The burgeoning relationship between Brent and Carol -- I feared that David was such a charicature, you'd could never believe anyone could stomach him for long, but they actually managed to show some real chemistry there, especially when David displayed a faint hint of real self-awareness about how people take the mickey when he's PA'ing and she told him to take the money and screw 'em.

And even though I guessed there'd be THE happy ending (I accidently saw the title to this post while I was downloading the episode), I still got all misty when Dawn walked in. I had no idea how they were going to resolve this in a way that worked, but they did -- that was a perfect moment and a perfect kiss, and a perfect exit.

Even though the show stayed true to its cringe worthy close-to-the-bone honesty, its ability to maintain an underlying generosity (that was always there but which really came out in this last episode) is part of what makes this show really special, especially compared to a lot of TV humor around that's just based on jeering and meanspiritedness.

Now, if you'll excuse I'm off to fire up media player again!

stellanova
Dec. 31st, 2003 03:13 am (UTC)
Even though the show stayed true to its cringe worthy close-to-the-bone honesty, its ability to maintain an underlying generosity (that was always there but which really came out in this last episode) is part of what makes this show really special, especially compared to a lot of TV humor around that's just based on jeering and meanspiritedness.


Yes! That's exactly what I loved about it. There was an interview in the Irish Times with Ricky Gervais last week, and he said that the only characters who are completely loathsome in it are Finchy and Lee. Which is totally true.

Someone said of JD Salinger that "he loved his characters more than God loves them", which I think is true of Gervais/Marchant and The Office. And it's one of the nicest things you can say about a writer.
stephencass
Dec. 31st, 2003 09:05 am (UTC)
There was an interview in the Irish Times with Ricky Gervais last week

I'd like to read that, but Nexis doesn't have it -- was it in a supplement?

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