History Series / AsTimeGoesBy

6th May '18 7:52:48 PM eowynjedi
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* ExecutiveMeddling: 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').

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* ExecutiveMeddling: InUniverse, the reason for the AdaptationDecay in the American TV adaptation disastrous outcome of Lionel's books, series ''Just Two People''. Includes tropes like ClicheStorm, LondonEnglandSyndrome, CriticalResearchFailure, and ViewersAreMorons (specifically, that their target demographic is 'a potato farmer in Idaho').



* 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.



* InstantlyProvenWrong: 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.



* 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."

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* MirthlessLaughter: In one episode, Judy says that Jean seems to know where her life is going. Jean Jean's reply is "You've heard of a hollow laugh? If I knew how to do one, I'd do it."



* ShowSomeLeg: This is hinted at rather innocently a number of times. In an early episode, Jean suggests that her daughter Judy cross her legs while apologizing to a man. She does this when speaking with Lionel, who notices, and asks her if she always does that.
** After being turned down for a promotion, Judy complains about feeling like her main job in the office is to be "knees and dimples" for unsatisfied customers.

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* ShowSomeLeg: This is hinted at rather innocently a number of times. In an early episode, Jean suggests that her daughter Judy cross her legs while apologizing to a man. She does this when speaking with Lionel, who notices, and asks her if she always does that.
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that. After being turned down for a promotion, Judy complains about feeling like her main job in the office is to be "knees and dimples" for unsatisfied customers.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Lampshaded by Jean in "The Mini-Series".
-->'''Lionel''': She seemed thoroughly nice.
-->'''Jean''': Did she flop on the desk and cry "Why is my beauty such a curse?"

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: SoBeautifulItsACurse:
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Lampshaded by Jean in "The Mini-Series".
-->'''Lionel''': --->'''Lionel''': She seemed thoroughly nice.
-->'''Jean''': --->'''Jean''': Did she flop on the desk and cry "Why is my beauty such a curse?"curse?"
** Daisy has to actually deal with this, though, when she realizes Sally Curtis is describing her as "bright and attractive," and assigning her only to male clients.


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* StunnedSilence: When Alistair starts to suggest that Judy move in with him, she tells him to clear off and then gives him a blistering TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about his habit of disappearing from her life for weeks and then expecting her to put everything on hold for his convenience. He's left sitting dumbfounded at the kitchen table.


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* TemptingFate: After discovering that Mrs Flack is "tidying" the house unasked-for, Lionel declares that he's definitely going to let her go and that nothing she says or does can make him go soft... then she turns up on crutches.
18th Feb '18 7:20:50 AM mrgate3
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* CaptainObvious (also bit of a RunningGag)
-->'''Everyone''': Oh, you wrote a book?
-->'''Lionel''': Yes, ''My Life in Kenya''.
-->'''Everyone''': What's it about?
-->'''Lionel''': My life in Kenya.
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.
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