History Series / AsTimeGoesBy

27th Nov '17 5:46:01 PM BrooklynNellie
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Although they are eventually back where they started, Lionel and Jean's romance gets off to a slow start, with each being the object of youthful affection during the first series, he from her daughter Judith and she from his publisher Alistair. At the conclusion of the first series, Lionel and Jean share their first kiss (again), by series three -- after some hilarious miscommunications -- Lionel has moved into Jean's house, and they marry the following series. Along the way, Lionel writes a mini-series about their romance for American television which fails spectacularly (not through any fault of his own), Jean opens a second branch of her secretarial agency and eventually retires, and the two acquire a country house from Lionel's somewhat unconventional parents.

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Although they are eventually back where they started, Lionel and Jean's romance gets off to a slow start, with each being the object of youthful affection during the first series, he from her daughter Judith and she from his publisher Alistair. At the conclusion of the first series, Lionel and Jean share their first kiss (again), by series three -- after some hilarious miscommunications -- Lionel has moved into Jean's house, and they marry the following series. Along the way, Lionel writes a mini-series about their romance for American television which fails spectacularly (not through any fault of his own), Jean opens a second branch of her secretarial agency and eventually retires, and the two acquire a country house from Lionel's somewhat unconventional parents.father.
26th Nov '17 9:26:07 AM eowynjedi
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: For the 90's. Among the things used to show Alastair as unorthodox and flash are his use of a cell phone and enjoyment of sushi.
19th Nov '17 9:05:36 PM eowynjedi
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* CassandraTruth: When Lionel agrees (very reluctantly) to treat Stephen in his fake-capacity as a psychiatrist (Jean had told her in-laws that he was one in an attempt to change the subject), he breaks down and tells Stephen that he's not a psychiatrist. Stephen responds by taking this to be some sort of healing method and declares "If you're not at the top of your profession, Lionel, I'd like to know who is."

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* CassandraTruth: CassandraTruth:
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When Lionel agrees (very reluctantly) to treat Stephen in his fake-capacity as a psychiatrist (Jean had told her in-laws that he was one in an attempt to change the subject), he breaks down and tells Stephen that he's not a psychiatrist. Stephen responds by taking this to be some sort of healing method and declares "If you're not at the top of your profession, Lionel, I'd like to know who is." "
** In the episode with Lionel's "deeply personal problem," Lionel decides to end the whole situation by telling Judy and Sandy the truth: that Jean only said there was one because Judy accused her of trying to meddle in her and Alastair's break-up. And the real reason Alastair visited was to sell Lionel on marketing his book in Japan. Judy and Sandy don't believe a word of it.


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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: For the 90's. Among the things used to show Alastair as unorthodox and flash are his use of a cell phone and enjoyment of sushi.
14th Nov '17 11:39:47 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ExecutiveMeddling: {{In-universe}}, the reason for the AdaptationDecay in the American TV adaptation of Lionel's books, ''Just Two People''. Includes tropes like ClicheStorm, LondonEnglandSyndrome, CriticalResearchFailure, and ViewersAreMorons (specifically, that their target demographic is 'a potato farmer in Idaho').

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* ExecutiveMeddling: {{In-universe}}, InUniverse, the reason for the AdaptationDecay in the American TV adaptation of Lionel's books, ''Just Two People''. Includes tropes like ClicheStorm, LondonEnglandSyndrome, CriticalResearchFailure, and ViewersAreMorons (specifically, that their target demographic is 'a potato farmer in Idaho').
9th Nov '17 5:28:41 PM danlansdowne
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** Rocky definitely qualifies as well.
21st Nov '15 8:30:31 PM eowynjedi
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* ComedicIrony: When Jean is organizing a day out for the local old-age home and there's a moment of awkwardness when she asks the family to help, which at present includes octogenarians Rocky and Madge on a visit. They enthusiastically agree, however, because it must be simply ''awful'' to be aged, the poor dears.



* DontCallMeSir: Harry habitually calls Lionel "sir", to Lionel's dismay.



* GilliganCut: The dialogue version happens when Lionel's ex-wife visits. Lionel finishes reassuring Jean that she's not competing with anything because Margaret was so drab and unglamorous. Then Margaret turns up in a beautifully tailored outfit, expensively-styled hair, and a few dozen diamonds on her hands, neck, and ears.



* LiesSnowball: This happens quite often, especially when Penny and Stephen come to visit. Consequently, it is never revealed to the troublesome couple that Lionel is not in fact a psychiatrist, and he even ends up counseling Stephen professionally. Other such lies include that Jean and Lionel met whilst in bumper cars at a fairground, Jean takes judo, Lionel sprained his ankle while playing golf, and that Jean and Lionel were sleeping together (before they were), which resulted in their first night together being spent at Penny and Stephen's house in the country.
** A lot of the humour stems from Jean's reflexive creation of a LiesSnowball and Lionel either refusing to play along or doing it under protest.

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* LiesSnowball: LiesSnowball:
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This happens quite often, especially when Penny and Stephen come to visit. Consequently, it is never revealed to the troublesome couple that Lionel is not in fact a psychiatrist, and he even ends up counseling Stephen professionally. Other such lies include that Jean and Lionel met whilst in bumper cars at a fairground, Jean takes judo, Lionel sprained his ankle while playing golf, and that Jean and Lionel were sleeping together (before they were), which resulted in their first night together being spent at Penny and Stephen's house in the country.
** A lot of the humour stems Numerous episode plots in later seasons resulted from Jean's reflexive creation of a LiesSnowball and Lionel either refusing to play along or doing it under protest.


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* PrettyBoy: Margaret's much younger boyfriend Gary, who Lionel and Jean later describe as a "toy boy" without much brain.
10th Oct '15 7:22:39 AM CA86
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* BritishBrevity: (Sort of) Each series is only about seven episodes long, but there are nine series(ten if you include the series 10 specials.

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* BritishBrevity: (Sort of) Each Of a sort; each series is only about seven episodes long, but there are nine series(ten series (ten if you include the series 10 specials.)
3rd Oct '15 3:47:05 PM FactoidCow
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* GossipEvolution: A staple in the village. After sternly telling off the [[UpperClassTwits posh townies]], Jean and Lionel return the next weekend to find that Lionel holds the Victoria Cross (Jean invented the "KBM"[[note]]Kicked By Mule[[/note]] medal for him during the argument), that Jean put out the barbecue with a fire extinguisher, and that she and Lionel threw six of them over the hedge. Jean eventually "admits" that Lionel only threw two, because a little notoriety never hurts.

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* GossipEvolution: A staple in the village. After sternly telling off the [[UpperClassTwits [[UpperClassTwit posh townies]], Jean and Lionel return the next weekend to find that Lionel holds the Victoria Cross (Jean invented the "KBM"[[note]]Kicked By Mule[[/note]] medal for him during the argument), that Jean put out the barbecue with a fire extinguisher, and that she and Lionel threw six of them over the hedge. Jean eventually "admits" that Lionel only threw two, because a little notoriety never hurts.
23rd Sep '15 12:46:35 PM eowynjedi
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* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: Inverted in the episodes where Lionel and Jean are in Los Angeles. Americans ''do'' know what "take a leak" means, actually.

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* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: Inverted in the episodes where Lionel and Jean are in Los Angeles. Americans ''do'' know what "take a leak" means, actually.thank you so much.



--> "Remind me to start a rumor here one day."



* INeverGotAnyLetters: Plays an integral part in Lionel and Jean's relationship. Lionel's (misdirected?) letter to Jean ends their relationship; if the letter had gotten to Jean they probably would have gotten married. They both start off rather cross with each other until they talk about it; fortunately they believe each other.
** [[spoiler: Later, they find the missing letter in a wartime museum.]]

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* INeverGotAnyLetters: Plays an integral part in Lionel and Jean's relationship. Lionel's (misdirected?) letter to Jean ends their relationship; if the letter had gotten to Jean they probably would have gotten married. They both start off rather cross with each other until they talk about it; fortunately they believe each other.
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other. [[spoiler: Later, they find the missing letter in a wartime museum.]]


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* MirthlessLaughter: In one episode, Judy says that Jean seems to know where her life is going. Jean reply is "You've heard of a hollow laugh? If I knew how to do one, I'd do it."
7th Feb '15 5:53:12 PM eowynjedi
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* ActingUnnatural: More than once, such as waiting for Judy to bring in her boyfriend or Jean to return from the psychotherapist: they ''are'' waiting but they shouldn't ''look'' like it!



* RushedInvertedReading: Jean quickly grabs a book and shoves one at Lionel to pretend they've been reading rather than sleeping when one of the girls knocks on the door.



* SexySecretary: When Lionel hires a temp from Jean's second branch to help him revise his book, Jean is furious to learn that they have sent him a gorgeous secretary named Daisy. Although she is temporarily replaced by the distinctly non-sexy and endlessly talkative Gwen Flack, Daisy returns after Mrs. Flack relieves them all by going to live with her cousin in Dorset.

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* SexySecretary: When Lionel hires a temp from Jean's second branch to help him revise his book, Jean is furious to learn that they have sent him a gorgeous secretary named Daisy. Although she is temporarily replaced by the distinctly non-sexy and endlessly talkative Gwen Flack, Daisy returns after Mrs. Flack relieves them all by going to live with her cousin in Dorset. Daisy is well-aware of this trope and not happy with it, as Sally Curtis had been sending her out to male clients with the recommendation of "bright and ''attractive''" rather than just "bright".



* WackyGuy: Alistair is a millionaire publisher who is often completely incomprehensible to the other characters, using words like "hype," "mega," and "hey, hey, hey." He also seems to know just about everyone worth knowing, and often offers to help Lionel get dinner reservations or redecorate his apartment.
** Case in point, when Alistair overhears Judy wishing for a KnightInShiningArmor, he appears the next day ''in full armor, on horseback''.

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* WackyGuy: Alistair is a millionaire publisher who is often completely incomprehensible to the other characters, using words like "hype," "mega," and "hey, hey, hey." He also seems to know just about everyone worth knowing, and often offers to help Lionel get dinner reservations or redecorate his apartment. \n** Case in point, He's also prone to grand romantic gestures; when Alistair overhears Judy wishing for a KnightInShiningArmor, he appears the next day ''in full armor, rejects his Herald-Gram, Alastair turns up on horseback''.horseback in ''full armor''.
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