Favorite Moments – “Gavin & Stacey” Series 1, Episodes 1+2

This is the first of our “Favorite Moments” posts, sharing what we think are some of the best moments and quotes from Series 1. It’s also the second post for Gavin & Stacey Week here at James Corden Fan Site.

Be sure to also check out our post on music from Gavin & Stacey.

See the details for Episodes 1 + 2 after the jump.


Episode 1

For me, the moment when I first realized that this was going to be a great show was when Pam sat down to eat three steaks. Not only was the concept off-beat and interesting, but the dialog was both entertaining and truthful. You could almost imagine your own mom doing the same thing (were she as as funny as Alison Steadman, of course).

The second moment comes from Uncle Bryn when he justifies to Stacey why he should show her how to use her new rape alarm. When he explained that if he showed her how to use it, and she came home raped, he’d sleep easy, I practically fell out of my chair with laughter. Such unexpected dialog delivered in such a dead-pan way reminds me of one of my favorite shows of all-time, Arrested Development.

I also loved the scene at the bar where the four friends(Gavin, Stacey, Smithy + Nessa) first start to get to know each other. This scene is filmed in montage and I think speaks to one reason why Gavin & Stacey is so popular – it’s real. Even without dialog, the way the characters interact – how they switch seats to sit as couples, the way they share who they are with each other – FEELS real. It’s exactly the way I’d imagine a similar group meeting up and getting to know each other. It’s these moments, done this way (instead of over-the-top sit-com-esque) that make this show great.

Finally – Smithy in the ladies underwear the next morning is classic. Perhaps a bit more of an expected idea than some of the others in this episode, but it’s really, really entertaining.

Quotes from Episode 1:

  • “This is a nightmare of epic proportions.” – Smithy to Gavin about Nessa.

Episode 2

Again, the dialog is great. Early on in the episode I loved when Gavin + Stacey and Gavin + his boss are having overlapping conversations. The way that two separate conversations can use the same words is a literary device I love.

Secondly, the scene where Gavin shows up on Stacey’s doorstep and they mistake him for a Jehovah’s Witness – love it. Here’s a clip from YouTube:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=Gr4zmMfz3pE]

This was also the episode where I absolutely fell in love with Mick + Pam (Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman). Again, the way they interact is not only amusing, but real. What’s more, it’s clear they not only love each other and are happy, but they seem like the kind of people you’d love to be friends with.

Mick + Pam’s relationship is even more funny when compared to the disgruntled couple of the show, their friends Dawn + Pete, who show up for the first time at quiz night. Dawn + Pete are also a wonderful addition to the show in their own right(not only in the talented performances by Julia Davis and Adrian Scarborough), but the dichotomy with Mick + Pam makes it even more comical.

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5 Comments

  1. harry bloggs
    March 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    “i’m not going in there bare-back”
    smithy

    PURE JOKES!

  2. September 20, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Episode 1

    I both respected and laughed at the scene where Gavin is standing before Stacy’s door; wreaking of so much goodness, he could only be (in their lives) a Jehovah’s Witness. The writers did a great job of showing how the world would be a better place if it simply had more Gavins.

  3. babee.
    March 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    yesyes – gavin and stacey is the best programme ever!
    i love the bit at the barn dance, where brynn is like –
    these, these are just a pair of denim jeans!

    ahaa. its great'<33

  4. Lez in Oz
    July 27, 2009 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Gavlar…

    Smithlar….

    “Make friends make friends never ever break friends”

    This show is absolutely brilliant!!! I can’t wait for series 3!

  5. Roxy
    January 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    nessa:whats occering
    stacy:thats well lush
    nessa:tidy

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