With Bert leaning in to kiss her, Agnes at that moment both pays attention to and sort of doesn't pay attention to what Bert is doing. This serves as both comic relief and a metaphor for the feelings between the other couple, who are inescapably drawn to each other but striving to ignore or deny it.
Agnes is often something of a Greek chorus, isn't she? (Bert too, but I mention Agnes first because she was in the show from the beginning; Bert comes in later on and becomes sort of the foil to Mr. Addison.) The loyal worker and friend, but also a bellwether as to what's going to happen; who figures out what the other people don't see.
I was watching Twas the Ep. Before Christmas again today. Agnes has some great lines in this one, a lot of which have already been mentioned. Another one was when they're in Maddie's office with the baby:
Maddie: "We've got to do something." Agnes(holding the baby): "Why, do you smell something?" ;D Always cracks me up.
Then when they're talking about the mother possibly being a murderer and Agnes says something like she hopes it's not hereditary, and putting away knives and guns at the office.
--Agnes' stunned reaction to Maddie's news about David's first marriage in "Big Man on Mulberry Street."
A: "So somewhere, there's a Mrs. Mr. Addison."
She and Maddie try to make it look like they don't want to pry too much...yeah...want to buy a bridge in Brooklyn? Next they barge into his office, looking for any wedding pictures... ;D A sweet and funny introduction to the personal thunderstorm that is around the corner.
I love the scene in Money talks Maddie walks when she tries to talk Maddie about Mr. Addison. And I love when she says "My name's Agnes Dipesto but my friends call me Miss Dipesto". This episode was great!!! But My favorite Agnes lines is from My fair David:
- You deDaved him
- Is Mr. Addison in yet? - The old Mr. Addison or the new Mr. Addison?
and from Gunfight... when she talk with Maddie
- This is our slow time. - Mornings? - Well….. - Mondays? - Kind of. - Spring? - The Eighties
Agnes: No. When he got in, he was all dressed and shaved, like he wanted to make a great impression. But he was holding his head, holding his stomach... (Pause) I've known him for a long time, Ms. Hayes, and he's putting on a great act...for you. But something's making him crazy!
--exchange in Ms. Hayes' office, "Maddie's Turn to Cry." Agnes is sweet but also very clever here, as she figures out what's really the problem with Dave, and that her other boss doesn't want to talk about it. Maddie lets on as much by what she refuses to say, as what she actually says.
Agnes (as well as Bert) really sees a lot of what's going on behind the scenes. She is sternly protective of Dave, whom she sees as her old friend. They worked together at Blue Moon since years before Ms. Hayes walked in the door--but she also realizes it's important Maddie should see what's going on. David was in serious pain, physically and otherwise, yet trying to fool everyone into thinking he was fine. If this is all going to come to an end, somebody has to know.
It seems Agnes, in situations like this, always knows what's best for people and tries to steer them there. ;D
I agree Queensgirl. Agnes is very intuitive and really cuts to the heart of a matter.
A couple of other Agnes moments I like - in Somewhere Under the Rainbow when Maddie says, "That man belongs in a pound!"
and Agnes replies, "A pound of what?" Always makes me smile.
Also like the bit where David says apropos Maddie being in a bad mood "Anyone got any raw meat?" and Agnes looks around behind her as if searching for some. LOL. Can't remember which episode this is though.