Saturday, May 4, 2013

No, no, no, no, no - yes

I have enjoyed several shows available in rerun form on Netflix.  "Drop Dead Diva" and "The Vicar of Dibley" are two of my favorites. Both are lightweight comedies.

Diva is about a bimbo who is applying makeup while driving and phoning.  Not paying attention, she crashes and dies.  At the same time, an intelligent but heavyset young woman lawyer takes a bullet meant for another lawyer and also dies.  Thru a heavenly error, the bimbo gets sent back to life but in the lawyer's less-than-swimsuit-model's body.  She is a bit confused but between faking it and recalling some of the lawyerly knowledge she is able to access, manages to carry on as a successful but unusual attorney.

The vicar of Dibley was "youngish" when he arrived in the village to be the parish Anglican priest in 1917.  So, now, he is quite elderly.  During a sermon, he falls asleep while standing at the pulpit and passes on.  The bishop sends a new vicar to take over, but what a shock!  It's a woman.  She is steadily cheerful, imaginative, and far more flexible in the face of challenges that any of the stodges on the church council and manages to make a go of it, despite difficulties.

One of the church council's members is an elderly but highly sexed man with a nervous habit of beginning any utterances with "No, no, no, no, no".  He may end there, leaving the impression that he is saying No but he will finally get to his Yes if that is what he wants to say.  I find the habit charming and funny but not everyone does, I guess.  In one episode, we meet his wife and you can imagine what age and habit have given her for an opening to every utterance.

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