Now, was that a vote in favor of today?
Oh, that was a fuck, comma, today, yes!
I'm rewatching season 1 and feeling sad about how close Amy and Selina used to be. At the end of Nickname, when Selina is lamenting over how she "hates fat people," Amy calmly asks her if she has ever had a weight problem to which Selina replies, "yes." I took away from this both that their dialogue used to be so much more open and authentic and that I didn't remember that line from anywhere. Is it alluded to anywhere else in the show?
Amy and Selina have a couple of scenes in season one that I find quite telling, in retrospect. I think one is at the end of the episode where Selina has to veto clean jobs, where the two of them sit and drink tea together and just chat, and the other is when they’re reviewing the Bill together ahead of Dan’s “no more Selinas” speech.
I’ve always found it interesting just how much more relaxed and at ease both of them are in those scenes – for both of them it’s probably the most comfortable they’ve ever been at any point in the show. I think it’s partly a function of Selina’s relative powerlessness at the beginning – the stakes are much lower than they will be even by 2.03 or 2.04 – and partly the simple fact that there aren’t any men around. Neither of them feels the same need to perform – they don’t have to be charming or work overtime to establish dominance and get respect the way they do in with their male colleagues.
As for Selina’s weight, it comes up again in the press conference from hell in London, when she’s trying to deny a phobia of fat people. And I always thought it was at least implied to be the reason she was so vicious with Catherine about her weight in…is it 4.07? The episode where she has her ‘friends’ over for dinner.
Though I never found Selina’s weight issues a particularly interesting aspect of the character – to give Mandel the minuscule amount of credit I consider his due, I think digging into her relationship with her mother was a wise choice, even if I don’t love everything they did with it.
“I think that Amy and Dan don’t believe in love but what they have is love as best as they can do it.” – Anna Chlumsky
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