Our FINAL favorite moments post and fourth to celebrate Gavin & Stacey week. If you enjoy this, be sure to check out our favs from episodes 1+2 and 3+4. Plus, stay tuned for our prediction post for series 2 as well as other Gavin & Stacey news as the premiere approaches (Sunday, 3/16, 9-10 on BBC#3).
Now, on to episodes 5 and 6 after the jump.
For me, Episode 5 was all-around great. I think the stag and hen parties were brilliantly written and acted. I think the way Gavin learned of Stacey’s past engagements was a little forced, but handled the situation well and moved us past that important reveal (again – the reality of those conversations is part of Gavin & Stacey‘s charm. Brushing it under the carpet wouldn’t have worked at all).
Bryn’s forcing of a “second stag” was really quite good in terms of set-up and construction. In fact, the faux-antlers was the first moment where I laughed out loud this episode. Again, for me it was the dichotomy between something a bit “insane” and the complete and utter lack of insanity in the pub around them. Great stuff.
As to quotes:
- “I’ll have a pint. Of wine.” – Nessa to the hens at Stacey’s party.
- “I think your friends are a shower of shit.” – Bryn to Gavin under the mis-impression that Gavin’s mates didn’t give him a proper stag party.
The all-to-quick end to series 1 (thank god series 2 is just around the corner).
Episode 6 really embodies everything that I love about Gavin & Stacey. The humor, the poignant moments, the dialog, writing, acting, production – everything.
I love how for the entire series they always start each episode with the main characters at work. It feels real. It makes the show grounded in daily life. Even though we don’t much see the mundane (let’s face it – that would be boring TV), we do get a sense from these intros that REAL LIFE is happening when we’re not watching. In this episode we just see two empty desks. I think it would have been easy to cut that bit to try and fit more jokes/story into the script, but because they didn’t, it makes the whole show/series stronger. And it typifies the kind of choices that Corden, Jones and crew made during the entire production that help make this show a hit.
I also loved Stacey’s father’s note. Written well and performed well (by Rob Brydon as Uncle Bryn) and reacted to well by Stacey (Joanna Page). It’s a real, poignant moment and I think one of the best of the series. I have to agree with another writer out in the blog-o-sphere who writes (paraphrasing) that it’s a testament to the quality of Gavin & Stacey that the use of “Chasing Cars” makes me hate the song a little less rather than hate the show a little more.
Lastly, the way that the show handled the actual wedding ceremony – by not. It wasn’t used as a funny moment. It wasn’t shown to us in full detail. It was left to our imaginations and however we want to think about it. The beauty is in its simplicity. As I mentioned, I’m not the biggest fan of “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol (see our full post on Gavin & Stacey music for other songs used in the show), but I like that the wedding relied on something non-traditional for the walk down the aisle.
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