Post by snappysara on Sept 6, 2011 16:52:55 GMT -5
Hahahahaha some great loves and don't loves there!! Lots of memories. Keep 'em coming folks!!
I LOVE DAVID when he is telling Mary a joke to cheer her up in Twas the episode before Christmas. I DONT LOVE DAVID when he mindlessly smashes up the car.
I LOVE MADDIE when she tells Agnes 'the truth is - they're both really great' in I am Curious Maddie. I DONT LOVE MADDIE when she tells him to 'put some shoes on' a little later in that episode......grrrr More like get that T shirt off..... THUD.
I dislike David when he doesn't want to take Maddie to the funeral with him in "Big Man on Mulberry Street" I love David when he is explaining to Maddie how he wound up married in the same episode. I like Maddie when she doesn't say anything to David when she knows he is lying ie. "Big Man on Mulberry Street" when he lies about going to the funeral and 'The Son Also Rises" when he lies about talking to his dad. I dislike Maddie when she says "I'm not sad" in "When Girls Collide"
I thought of a couple on my own (well, with treasmus' help) for "I don't love David when":
in Portrait of Maddie, just having sweetly discussed Philip Wright with her, as Maddie's walking out the door says "One little suicide and there's no talkin' to you!"
in "And the Flesh was Made Word" he keeps shouting at Mary, "Don't! Stop!" when she's making multiple attempts to harm herself and Maddie has to force him to help her. That whole sequence has always bothered me.
"Lady gets in trouble, it's nice to know she has somebody to call"
Wow love your choices girls! Here are some more from me too:
I really DO love Maddie when she says that David is like the first kiss all the time in "Tracks of My Tears." I really DO love David when he says "C'mon now" and gives Maddie a hand in "Maddie Hayes got married."
I really DO NOT love Maddie when she hits her father with that purse in the "Every Daughter's Father is a Virgin." I really DO NOT love David when he missed the lunch with Maddie in the "Sleep Talking Guy", he just forgot about her...
David: you look awful... Maddie: yeah..well...and you smell awful!
1. I love the scene towards the end of "Lunar Eclipse" where Maddie and David are sitting at the altar and having their last conversation in the series. It's not so much a conversation as it is a Maddie monologue with David chiming in once or twice. It's such a perfectly bittersweet scene. Maddie says she expected it to be different, while David says he didn't think about it at all. Even with everything they've done, you just know Maddie expected more, whence the bitter part come from. She starts saying "If we could just have these five years to do over again maybe we could..." That's Maddie, always expecting a lot from herself and automatically assuming (or even demanding that) everybody else should also do their best at all times; always thinking she could do better than that. But I love it that she trails off and instead acknowledges everything she's been through with David, as well as being hopeful about the future, whence the sweet part comes from. It's such a perfect Maddie moment because it stays true to her essence as a character (she's never satisfied because she expects a lot from herself and everybody else), but it also shows how much she's grown because instead of spoiling the moment and making it seem like she has regrets, she stops herself and says she couldn't imagine not seeing David the next day. I love that scene because it has Maddie going against her natural impulse to beat herself up over things, complain, and drag everybody else down with her*. It's a bit off David that's rubbed off on her. And I love it that David is serious and stays quiet during the entire scene, and doesn't make any jokes or inappropriate comments. That's a bit of Maddie that's rubbed off on him. I love it that Maddie stops saying what she was about to say and instead honors their shared past and hints at the future. I love it that, as tired and as resigned they both look in that scene (especially David), they both proceed with a genuine sweetness and caring. I love it that Maddie grabs David's hand and holds it the entire time while she's talking.
2. I love the clip montage that comes right after, featuring some of Maddie and David's best moments in the series. I love the Ray Charles song that starts playing during the altar scene and keeps playing during the clip montage because it adds exactly the kind of bittersweet touch both scenes need. It's a perfect bridge between the two scenes because it's basically Maddie's speech in song form. The music perfectly compliments the clips during the montage because it's both nostalgic and hopeful. The song works like a tinge of nostalgia for a couple (and a show) that was once as good as they got, but ran out of steam somewhere along the way and wasn't able to recapture its old rhythm, no matter how hard it tried. But the lyrics acknowledge and honor the past ("memories I'll treasure forever"), while also hinting at the future ("We'll be together again"). This sense of bittersweetness is established in the altar scene when Maddie makes her speech about her and David's past and their future, and it is carried over into the clip montage. I love that. What makes the montage even more bittersweet is that it shows Maddie and David at their absolute best, but it's set against an episode that is so anti-climatic, except for the altar scene.
And I love it that the series really has two endings: Maddie's speech and the close up on Maddie in the altar scene, and David's wave in the clip montage. As bad as the show got sometimes, it never forgot its twofold perspective that made it great to begin with. All in all, I think it was a great way to end a great series.
*Which really has to do with her desire to always do her best and not being satisfied when she feels like she didn't quite get there.
Last Edit: Sept 8, 2011 8:32:43 GMT -5 by treasmus
This was really great Treasmus. I always love to read other's interpretation of that last scene. You made me see it in a different way. The show opened up with Maddie's story and ended with a different, softer Maddie. It always bothered me that David said no words, but with your explanation, I accept this better.
Bittersweet is the best way to describe it. I've always thought the ending was hopeful too. And it's taken a long time, but I do love that Ray Charles song.
So gather the kids, the dog, Grandma... and lock them in another room