I definately agree that Maddie wanted to apologize for saying saying he smelled bad. That she just wanted to hug him again, tell her she was sorry and say goodbye to him 'properly'. But I think when she grabbed him, that 'itch' could be denied no longer.
I always thought her remark was more along the lines of 'gallows humor,' where in a very stressful situation you will just blurt out ridiculous things because your mind really doesn't want to deal with the frightening reality around you. They were both obviously feeling 'amped up' at the moment because David thought he had killed somebody and his own life was in danger; Maddie must have been shocked in her own right and all at a loss what to do. People say and do crazy things at times like that.
So she tried to say something funny to ease the tension. And it didn't play well, sounded rude, because that is usually Dave's style of humor, not hers. For once Maddie is kidding around! (Maybe that's why she said it that way--she was trying to lighten things up by being like him; maybe she thought he'd think that was funny.) But because her mind, and his as well, is occupied with something else, fear of a threat to one's safety as well as fear of never seeing each other again, the joke comes out messed up and doesn't make sense; comes off mean, as opposed to silly, how it was probably meant.
With the kiss, their true feelings showed in that instant because there was nothing left to lose.
Poor Maddie. Her jokes never quite hit the mark, do they? Remember the one from My Fair David? The only time I recall someone laughing at or even acknowledging one of her attempts at humor is in A Trip to the Moon in the laundromat.
Oh, and yeah, I do think her comment here was an attempt at humor-- to release the tension both of David's plight and their feelings for each other.
I think that it was a mutual kiss from the start -- never mind who "leaned" where first. It was primal, based on need and desperation for one final kind of connection, for one touch that goes beyond a hug, beyond sex even (which would have been impossible in that setting). They hadn't realized they needed it, had wanted it so badly ... that it surprised them both, because it had been lurking in the subconscious for so long.
That's why their lines "I didn't do it" afterward are so important. They're also true, given the mindset of both characters. If we dream something, it doesn't mean that we meant to dream it ... we just did, we just thought about it. Maddie's touch was desperate, and so was David's reaction. It would almost have the same effect if they were both drunk -- how they would, or would not, remember their actions in the morning. Both of them could say "I didn't do it!" and be completely correct. Neither one "did it." They both did! And what a kiss!
It was 100% mutual, 100% primal. Pheromones working overtime, baby! Let me just say, scruffy David is HOT!!!
Welcome to the board MadFan, excellent post, I agree with every word you said. especially the bit about scruffy Dave being HOT!! ;D Hope to see you posting lots!
I think that it was a mutual kiss from the start -- never mind who "leaned" where first. It was primal, based on need and desperation for one final kind of connection, for one touch that goes beyond a hug, beyond sex even (which would have been impossible in that setting). They hadn't realized they needed it, had wanted it so badly ... that it surprised them both, because it had been lurking in the subconscious for so long. .........It was 100% mutual, 100% primal. Pheromones working overtime, baby! Let me just say, scruffy David is HOT!!!
"You can lead a horse to water, but that doesn't make it a duck"
I think "you smell bad" must be a reflex / humorous remark with Maddie. She says a very similar thing to David in Maddie's Turn To Cry just before they exchange a very sweet kiss. Maybe when she feels awkward it just comes out!
Post by ilovewilliscirca88 on Feb 1, 2013 8:22:07 GMT -5
I was just re-watching this scene and realized that the kiss in the garage and the kiss on the trunk have all the same elements...in both cases, Maddie is crying...David hugs and comforts her with an "it's ok." - then a kiss and the words 'you smell awful' are thrown around.
Only difference is, in the trunk scene their relationship has matured, they are ready for the kiss...and comments like "you look awful / you smell awful" no longer offend them.
My thoughts are that Maddie uses "you smell awful" as a way to change the subject...throw a wall up between her and David to hide what she's really feeling. I've never felt that she said this out of meaness and have never really got the sense that David was offended by it. Though...he was a little put off in the garage...
Maybe it's like this....You smell awful=You smell so good! I hate you=I love you