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I feel a little strange doing this, but it’s potentially worth it for the cause, so…

Some of you may have noticed a few posts I’ve made regarding Irish abortion law.  To give you some background, in 1983, the Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution was passed, enshrining the equal rights of the mother and an unborn child from the moment of conception.

It is a terrible law.  Not only does it prohibit abortion, it also has an impact on the medical treatment received by all pregnant women, or women who could be pregnant – a restriction that is believed directly led to the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012.  It means Irish women who need an abortion have to travel to the UK or Holland to get them, a stressful, exhausting and expensive process, that effectively puts abortion out of the reach of women who are poor, disabled, or unable to travel due to visa restrictions.

Ireland still has abortion, of course, somewhere between 3,500-5000 per year, but the women who have abortions have to have them alone, and have to recover from them without proper medical aftercare.  Not only that, but because of the difficulty of arranging for travel to another country, Irish women are forced to delay their abortions until further on in pregnancy, when the procedure is more invasive and even more expensive.

The sentence for procuring an abortion in Ireland is fourteen years.  The sentence for rape is usually five to seven years.

There will be a referendum on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment on 25 May.  If it is repealed, the government intend to bring in new laws which will allow unrestricted abortion up to twelve weeks.

I mention this because many of you (I would assume most) have read the fanfiction I’ve written over the last few years (and hopefully enjoyed it).  I would never dream of soliciting donations for myself, but this cause is so important that I am going to sacrifice my dignity and beg.

Unless you are an Irish citizen, you cannot donate to the Repeal campaign (that would be fraudulent).  However, there are many people out there who are desperate to get back to Ireland to cast their vote for Repeal, and donations can be made to their individual campaigns.  (It is extremely difficult to obtain a postal vote under Irish law, meaning it’s not an option for many people).  

I do not have a vote – I lost it eighteen months after I left Ireland – which means I have no voice in this decision.  I’m doing my best to support the campaign, and am donating where I can to help fund other peoples’ journeys home to vote.  Every vote counts, I cannot emphasise that enough – the divorce referendum in 1995 passed by only 9,114 votes.  If even a few hundred people get home to vote who otherwise couldn’t, it could be enough to tip the balance.

So, I guess, what I’m asking is, if you’ve read some of my writing over the last year or two and enjoyed it, and you can afford it, it would mean a lot to me if you could donate to one of the campaigns below.  Every vote matters.

Rob Moloney

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The baby being abandoned on an airline chair to amuse itself by sucking its fingers or something is exactly the kind of parenting I think Dan and Amy are capable of.

I already have a head cannon for when Amy goes…

I already have a head cannon for when Amy goes into labour if they choose to show the pregnancy on the show… Amy breaks her cold facade and just screams dan faints Gary is crying Ben just walks out Leon becomes 1000x creepier and Kent is the only one who’s useful because he’s a doula A mess™️ tbh

Amy’s “cold facade.” When has she ever been able to maintain such a thing for longer than five minutes? Her reactions are invariably written all over her face, poor thing.

More seriously, I think the one thing that is guaranteed is that Amy will spent at least part of her labour with the someone who is one hundred percent certain to stress her out and make everything worse.

In other words, I think we know when Sophie will be returning to the show.

In fairness, that’s a worst case scenario, and there are other characters who could be used in that way – Jonah or Catherine, or, if they really want to wind Amy up, Richard. The combination of his incompetence and tendency to spit random factoids at her will almost certainly cause her to boil over. Kent actually seems like he’d be one of the better options, because he’d (presumably) stay calm, having been through the process before, and wouldn’t annoy Amy by panicking, the way Gary or Mike would.

I mention this, because putting Amy with someone who makes her labour infinitely more stressful creates an opportunity to make Dan look like an actual human being when HE arrives and gets rid of them. And we’re going to need at least some moments of Dan being unequivocally on Amy’s side if they want us to buy in to the story.

I’m not saying the show will do this…but if they do, you heard it here first.

Amy’s apartment, Kissing Your Sister

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thebookofmaev:

It’s a small thing I noticed, but look at the picture behind Amy when she does the interview with Catherine:

That’s a large print of Le Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville:

It’s an interesting choice of decoration for Amy – it’s one of the most overly ‘romantic’ images of the twentieth century, and she’s using it to decorate her home.  (Though, given the stack of frames at the side of the shot, it’s almost surprising it’s actually on the wall).

I’m not knocking her taste by the way – there’s a reason it’s an iconic shot – but it’s an interesting choice.  Amy’s trying to control her image all the way through this interview, and still manages to blatantly give away the nature of her feelings for Dan, though she doesn’t realise it herself.  

She’s almost giddy in the next episode when she’s talking about Buddy, so I think it’s fair to say that, as unexpected as it might seem, Amy Brookheimer is a bit of a (deeply) closeted romantic.

Great observation, I didn’t catch that!

Yes! I always thought that Amy was somewhat of a romantic. Anna mentions that with Buddy, she gave it the old college try. 

I think it’s interesting that in the original pilot script, Amy was surprised when Dan remembered taking her to Citronelle, which is a top French restaurant in D.C. Granted, Dan tells her it’s his “regular second-date, pre-sex restaurant” because, of course lol.

I don’t consider the original scripts canon (thankfully because Dan’s line to her in 5×10 kinda crushed me) but I wonder if they discussed that part about their backstory. Also, I don’t know why, but I always thought Amy had sort of an affinity for Paris. 

Also, props to the prop department again. Have you thought about tweeting the set decorator? I think she’s a D/A fan 😉 Hopefully we can get some insight from her if you catch something like this while they’re filming or when the show airs.

Being a writer myself, I think it’s very unfair for a work to be judged by things that were cut out of it – usually for good reason – so I’ve never read any of the original scripts. (For the same reason, I was quite irritated by people who treated Go Set A Watchman as though it…revealed something we’d all missed in To Kill a Mockingbird. It seems so unsporting).

The detail about the restaurant seems like the kind of thing that was deleted for time, rather than being out of character though (I can absolutely imagine Dan saying that, as it wouldn’t even break into the top ten of his most awful lines).

I have occasionally wondered though if part of the reason Amy was so angry with Dan about the McCauley amendment fuckery was that it meant her trip to Paris was cancelled. (A season one oddity perhaps, but it seems strange that neither Mike or Dan was scheduled to go on that trip – you’d think Selina would want at least one press person with her, and I’m fairly confident Amy isn’t one).

But, Amy being fairly serious about Buddy was always my working assumption – she’s never been emotionally manipulative in the way Dan is, and I just don’t see her being able to fake an attachment to someone for any great length of time. For all Buddy was oblivious, it seems unlikely that a weak actress like Amy could fake it for long enough that he’d go ahead and propose.

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Hamilton, London

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If you’re still doing the top 5 thing th…

If you’re still doing the top 5 thing the 5 moments where Amy should have definitely slapped dan

I’m not sure I can limit it to 5.

1. 5.03 in the “I had sex with your sister” scene.  The way Amy’s chin wobbles as she tries to hold in her feelings is horrible to watch, and it’s even worse that Dan clearly knows she’s upset and goes there anyway, because apparently his being rejected even once trumps Amy’s genuinely hurt feelings.  SLAP

2. I could fill this whole list with moments from 1.02, because he is so obnoxious all the way through it.  Blowing kisses at her: SLAP.  The “still tracking my every move, I thought we agreed to move on.”  SLAP.  The faux-apology, complete with a comment about her weight?  SLAP SLAP SLAP

3. 1.06 – again, an episode with a wealth of moments when he deserved it, but I’m going to go with “My first thought was there goes your figure.”  

4. 6.03 – not that it’s possible for Amy to slap him during a down-the-line interview, but he definitely deserved one for that “much younger woman” comment. (Dan is particularly slappable all the way through season six mind you – without Amy’s influence he reaches peak-insufferability).

5. 4.04 – the bar scene, with his faux-innocent “Did you think I was going to ask you something else?” – though I would also have accepted Amy throwing her drink in his face and storming out.

You know the funny part?  I haven’t even mentioned what I had previously considered the peak of Dan-deserving-a-slap moments, his smug little grin in 1.05 when Amy yells at him.  Or the way he grabs her in 4.06 when she’s melting down in the carpark – the police were absolutely right to step in, because Amy being angry is no excuse for Dan to get all grabby-mac-manhandling.  Or his attempt to calm her down in 2.08 (though, the TV producer Amy was dealing with wins the No-Prize of being even more odious than Dan, which is impressive in a terrible way – I almost feel sorry for that actor, as he really does have one of the most slappable faces… it really shows in Westworld).

I think I could go on for a while here…

Anna Chlumsky in the first season is fucking g…

Anna Chlumsky in the first season is fucking golden

I would agree with that.  I think Veep’s cast is generally brilliant – there certainly isn’t anyone I would think of as a weak link acting-wise, even if I do occasionally get a bit sick of Gary or Catherine as characters.  (How the emmys have never nominated either Reid Scott or Timothy Simmons for something amazes me, as they are consistently hilarious).

However, I think there’s a…comfort level in Chlumsky’s performance that some of the others didn’t reach until slightly later on.  I remember Reid Scott, in particular, talking about Armando Iannucci having an unusual process for TV (as in, there’s lots of rehearsal – which makes me sad for TV/film actors, because rehearsal is where actors find the characters), and I wonder if part of it is that Chlumsky was familiar with how he worked in a way the others weren’t?

I’m also aware that Chlumsky’s done a lot of theatre work (which I think some of the others haven’t…though I’m not an expert on their bios), which would also have made it easier for her.

She’s very, very good at using her physicality to create a character – partly, I think, because she naturally has an incredibly expressive face (and, as a side note, I love that Veep takes full advantage of that expressiveness – so often, women in comedy are only allowed to be funny so long as they remain pretty – Veep doesn’t rein its women in that way).  

If you look at her work in Veep versus Hannibal, it’s almost hard to believe you’re looking at the same person, because she holds herself so differently.  (None of the characters in Hannibal got happy endings, of course, but what happened to Miriam was particularly brutal – and the way Chlumsky carried herself in her later appearances really conveyed that).  

m-queen-of-space: Behind the Scenes – by fionn…

m-queen-of-space:

Behind the Scenesby fionnabhair

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Snippets of Amy and Dan, behind and around the show.

The very last of @m-queen-of-space’s beautiful edits.  I wanted to save it for when I updated with a new chapter.

Behind the Scenes: Bell of the Ball

Pre-Show. Amy goes to her first Inaugural Ball.

Behind the Scenes *masterpost*

thebookofmaev:

Just in case you wanted to read the whole thing in chronological order.  Obviously, it hasn’t been written in order, so hear and there details will slip (and there’s an egregious mistake in Chapter Four, where I have Amy realising about the text message screw-up much later than she did in canon… but I think it still rings true emotionally).  Sometimes the stories overlap in time, but I’ve tried to stick with what I think is the most sensible reading order.

I will try to keep this updated with new chapters, as and when I write them.

Pre-Show
1. Chapter Nine: Three Dates
2. Chapter Two: Thinking of You
3. Chapter Seventeen: All Grown Up
4. NEW Chapter Twenty-Two: Belle of the Ball

Season One:
5. Chapter Six: Listening is Gold
6. Chapter One: Baby-Daddy

Season Two:
7. Chapter Five: While You Were Sleeping
8. Chapter Thirteen: The Wrong Remedy
9. Chapter Seven: Little Black Dress
10. Chapter Fourteen: Set Fire to My Tie

Season Three:
11. Chapter Ten: Comrades in Arms

Season Four:
12. Chapter Eight: Amish Prom

Season Five:
13. Chapter Eleven: Nightcap?
14. Chapter Three: Three Times (though technically, this is a “What If?” and so doesn’t fall within the timeline)
15. Chapter Twenty: Ignorance is Bliss
16. Chapter Twelve: Love’s Opposite
17. Chapter Four: The Girl Who Came in From the Cold
18. Chapter Fifteen: And Then There Was One

Season 6:
19. Chapter Sixteen: What Doesn’t Kill You
20. Chapter Eighteen: The Appetite Alters
21. Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Her Shell
22. Chapter Nineteen: Where We Stop Nobody Knows

Updated!

Amy’s apartment, Kissing Your Sister

It’s a small thing I noticed, but look at the picture behind Amy when she does the interview with Catherine:

That’s a large print of Le Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville:

It’s an interesting choice of decoration for Amy – it’s one of the most overly ‘romantic’ images of the twentieth century, and she’s using it to decorate her home.  (Though, given the stack of frames at the side of the shot, it’s almost surprising it’s actually on the wall).

I’m not knocking her taste by the way – there’s a reason it’s an iconic shot – but it’s an interesting choice.  Amy’s trying to control her image all the way through this interview, and still manages to blatantly give away the nature of her feelings for Dan, though she doesn’t realise it herself.  

She’s almost giddy in the next episode when she’s talking about Buddy, so I think it’s fair to say that, as unexpected as it might seem, Amy Brookheimer is a bit of a (deeply) closeted romantic.