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  • The infamous bit when Darcy dives into a lake and thus spawns the 'wet shirt' fetish. That itself isn't the funny part; the funny part is when he comes face to face with the (at the moment) unrequited and unexpected love of his life, basically almost naked by the standards of the time and dripping wet. The awkwardness is hilarious; Elizabeth's even Distracted by the Sexy for a moment or two! Enjoy!
    • After Elizabeth and Darcy meet, they have one of the most awkward conversations in history, while both of them clearly want to run away. Darcy asks after Elizabeth's parents twice, apparently without realising it!
    • Followed by Elizabeth standing in frozen horror until her aunt blandly observes that Darcy is every bit as handsome as the portrait they saw of him inside... "Though, perhaps, a little less formally attired." At which point Elizabeth snaps out of her mental BSoD with a gasp and declares they need to leave immediately.
      • And Mrs. Gardner's confusion over her niece's sudden desire to leave so abruptly, with Elizabeth frantically trying to find an explanation without revealing what had transpired between them.
      Elizabeth: "Oh, I wish we'd never come! What must he think of me?!"
      Mrs. Gardner: "Was he displeased? What did he say?"
      Elizabeth: "Nothing of consequence, he enquired after my parents [cut immediately to]...
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    • Possibly the quickest someone's gotten cleaned up in the history of England, since Darcy's fully dressed, fabulously turned out and looking desperately for Elizabeth, not intending to let her get away, by the time she and her aunt and uncle have gotten back to the carriage. note 
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    • The awkwardness continues as Darcy catches the party just as they're about to depart. However, during his introductions to the Gardners, Darcy is incredibly charming and at ease with conversing with them. That all goes out the window when during a tour of Pemberly, he and Elizabeth find themselves alone together again. As they walk aside each other, both attempt to start up a conversation but end up talking over the other. Their stilted conversation afterwards is reminiscent of teenagers fumbling over what to talk about with their crush.
  • Darcy's sarcastic expression and rolling of the eyes when his conversation with Elizabeth (and Colonel Fitzwilliam) is interrupted by Lady Catherine.
  • Elizabeth providing occasional riffing on Darcy's letter. "I look back with regret on only one aspect of my behavior in this matter..." "Oh, really? Astonish me."
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  • "Shelves in a closet.... Happy thought indeed."
  • Any time Caroline says something cutting about Elizabeth, and Darcy manages to turn it around and use it to insult Caroline.
  • "Other way, Mr Collins!" Poor Lizzy...
  • When Bingley is gushing over Jane after first meeting her, Darcy replies with a gruff "she smiles too much."
  • Charlotte details her married life to Elizabeth. She encourages Mr Collins to be in his garden; the fresh air is so healthy. She encourages him to be in his library as reading is good for the mind. She encourages him to call upon Lady Catherine... so it turns out that they hardly spend more than a few minutes of the day together at all. She can bear the solitude quite well.
  • There's a teeth-grindingly awkward moment just before Mr. Bingley proposes to Jane where Bingley, Jane, Mrs. Bennet, and the other three remaining Bennet sisters are all seated in the drawing room in uncomfortable silence. Mrs. Bennet, seeking to give the young lovers some privacy, attempts to 'subtly' hint to her daughters that they should find an excuse to leave without saying anything, and ends up winking and twitching maniacally. Unfortunately, Kitty is a little too dense to get the intended message:
    Kitty: What is it, mama? Why do you keep winking at me? What am I to do?
  • Early on Lydia and Kitty are arguing over how many guests Mr Bingley will be bringing to the Netherfield ball:
    Kitty: "Six ladies and four gentlemen!"
    Lydia: "Nay, it was twelve ladies and seven gentlemen."
    Elizabeth: (aside to Jane) "Too many ladies."
  • When Elizabeth meets Bingley in Derbyshire, Bingley not-so-subtly asks whether all her sisters are at home. Elizabeth answers that all but one are. Bingley clearly has a very brief Oh, Crap! moment (while continuing to smile broadly) before Elizabeth clarifies that her youngest sister has gone to Brighton, whereupon his smile grows even broader.
  • After the Meryton Assembly, Mr. Bennet is forced to endure Mrs. Bennet's long and detailed description of the event, especially her blow-by-blow account of Bingley's dancing, finally bursting out with "Would that he had sprained his ankle in the first dance!" Followed by her switching to the subject of clothes:
    Mrs. Bennet: "The lace on Mrs Hurst's gown..."
    Mr. Bennet: (pointing a poker at her) "No lace! No lace, Mrs Bennet! I beg you!"
  • During the ball at Netherfield, when the company has already had to endure Mary's singing, Mr. Collins then volunteers to sing. Mrs. Hurst, who is to accompany him, clearly decides 'You know what? No,' and proceeds to hammer out a flawless rendition of "Rondo alla Turca," a tune that's impossible for Collins to keep up with; he's left nodding his head foolishly.
    • How Mary gets started is also very funny. Mr Bingley declares that he'd like some music, intending to ask Miss Bingley to perform - only for Mary to beeline for the piano at top speed, clutching her sheet music, before anyone else can react. Even the infamously cheerful and easygoing Bingley is momentarily stunned speechless.
  • In a way, Colin Firth's performance during Darcy's first proposal is this. He just cannot get started!
    • Then when he does blurt it out, he immediately follows up with this:
    Darcy: In declaring myself thus, I am fully aware that I will be going expressly against the wishes of my family, my friends, and, I hardly need add, my own better judgment.
  • Elizabeth's comments on marrying for love.
    Elizabeth: (to Jane) "I am convinced that nothing but the deepest affection could induce me to matrimony." (Beat) "So, I shall end an old maid and teach your ten children to embroider cushions and play their instruments very ill!"
    • Before that line, she opens the conversation by musing that it would be great if she could love a man who would love her enough to marry her despite her almost nonexistent dowry... but any man who would do so couldn't be very sensible, "and I could never love a man who was out of his wits."
    • She finishes by assuring Jane that of course Jane can marry for love - just as long as she makes sure to fall in love with a wealthy man.
  • The Running Gag of Mr. Collins mentioning the expensive chimney piece in Lady Catherine's drawing room at every opportunity. When Elizabeth promises to visit Charlotte, she quips that her one condition is to finally see the darn thing.
  • On the journey to Hunsford, Sir William Lucas is informing Maria of how much land Lady Catherine owns, and how beneficial it is that Mr. Collins has such a patron. "Your sister has made a fortunate alliance!" he says - and then gets a calm look from Elizabeth, whose family stands to suffer from said 'alliance'. Awkward.
    • Not only that, but Elizabeth also rejected said alliance. (It's not clear whether Sir William knows that in this adaptation, but he certainly does in the book.)
  • When Elizabeth first lays eyes on Anne de Bourgh, she takes quiet and malicious pleasure that Anne looks "sickly and cross", and that she'll make him (Darcy) a proper wife. Maria is left very confused, since she has no idea what Elizabeth is talking about.
  • A lot of Darcy's behaviour in Hunsford, particularly his facial expressions. To wit:
    • When Lady Catherine is rabbiting on about her supposed knowledge of music, he gets up from his seat beside her with a look of quiet exasperation and stalks off to listen to Elizabeth play.
    • When Elizabeth tells Fitzwilliam about the first time the two of them met, subtly getting in a dig at Darcy for having snubbed her, he looks down with a 'dangit' grimace.
    • When Lady Catherine demands to know what they're all talking about — "I must have my share of the conversation!" — the roll of his eyes in annoyance and frustration is epic.
    • When he calls on Elizabeth on what we now know to be the first day of his courtship, he's highly alarmed to find she's home alone (save for the servants, of course) and he'll have to make conversation with her by himself.
    • The awkwardness only increases when he visits again, this time while everyone else is at Rosings, to make his proposal. It takes him a while to work up to saying anything, instead wandering from one end of the sitting room to the other and trying several times to sit only to get up again. All the while Elizabeth — at this point still convinced he heartily dislikes and disapproves of her — waits in strained silence until he finally bursts out into the most backhanded love confession known to man.
  • On her last visit to Rosings, Elizabeth waxes full sarcastic when Mr. Collins starts saying how sad she must be—"I hardly know how I shall bear the loss!" That's funny enough. But look over her shoulder, where Charlotte is giving Lizzy an Oh, Crap! look at the thought that it might break through her husband's Sarcasm Blindness. (Fortunately, it doesn't, not even close.)
  • In episode 3, Mr. Bennet is not taken in by Wickham's woes and simply quips "With such narratives to hand, who would read novels?"
  • When Kitty and Lydia meet Lizzie and Jane, they happily show off the feast they've arranged and announce they are treating everyone to lunch... as soon as their sisters give them the money to cover it, as they spent all their money on clothing (that they readily admit they don't even like).
    • Lydia says that they will be 'such a merry party on the way home!' Cut to the coach rattling into the distance, while Lydia and Kitty scream about how the other is squashing them.
  • Most of Darcy's flashback about his history with Wickham is pretty somber, but there's a hilarious moment during their time at university. We see Darcy striding through the campus in a mortar board and gown, model student, and just as his narration says that Darcy Senior hoped Wickham would make the church his profession...Darcy Junior walks in on a disheveled Wickham with a barely dressed girl in his lap. Darcy's look of utter exasperation as he slumps against the door frame crowns it: Seriously, man? Seriously??? Right in our quarters?!?
  • When Lady Catherine descends upon Elizabeth to forbid her marrying Darcy, the first inkling Elizabeth gets of her arrival is hearing "What an extremely small hall!"
  • After it's been arranged that Lydia will marry Wickham, Mr. Bennet is reading a letter from Mr. Gardiner at the breakfast table about how the latter has been settling Wickham's creditors in Brighton: "Perhaps you would be so good as to do the same for his creditors in Meryton, of whom I enclose a list according to his information." He brandishes said list — that fills at least two sheets of paper! — while briefly staring at Mrs. Bennet, with an air of 'This is the guy that you're so ecstatic about our daughter marrying?' Even she has to shift in discomfort.
  • Darcy all but bursting into the shot at Lydia and Wickham's wedding. He's only standing up from the pew right behind Wickham, but the sheer abrupt speed of it and his absolutely livid expression have led some to compare him in that moment to Michael Myers.
  • Early in the series, Elizabeth and Jane discuss their first impressions of Bingley and Darcy. Elizabeth's dry additions to Jane's praise of Bingley are funny enough, but then Jane suggests that Mr Darcy may warm up when they get to know him better, prompting Elizabeth launch into a hilariously scathing impersonation of Darcy's comments about her:
    Elizabeth: You mean he'll be in humor to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men? Never!
    Elizabeth: [lowering her voice to mimic Darcy's] "She is... tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to suit me."

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