ouhusker7 asked: I've been thinking the same, that there has to be more to the Box(x) Hill incident than Maddy's jams. Even the harshest conceivable insult to the jams is mild compared to "you're so boring that you can't possibly say *only* three boring things."
I know. I’m waiting see what happens via transmedia and Thursday’s episode before I pass final judgement, but I needed to write down my thoughts before then. I hope there’s more to it. Because insulting something someone does as a hobby is not nearly as bad as insulting their personality and behavior.
And I’d hate for Emma’s downfall to come because she’s making a GOOD decision for her business. That she’d be told that, out of loyalty, she should include friends’ and relatives’ badly made products in gifts that she’s giving out on a client’s behalf, regardless of how unprofessional it is (or possibly illegal—I’m not sure how giving away homemade jams at a restaurant’s opening falls in California’s food laws and regulations but it strikes me as something the health department might look into).
So I’m hoping that this all a setup to the actual Box(x) Hill incident. It definitely has me wondering what all is going to go down on Thursday.
For the first time in a long while I’ve feel the need to post about an Emma Approved episode. No, it’s not to squee about a jealous Knightley appearing or to complain about how unhygienic it is to use your fingers as a tasting spoon for jam (though, seriously, Emma, at the time you stuck your fingers in it you were still planning on putting that jam in somebody’s gift bag).
It’s to talk about how while this episode may seem like a good adaptation of Emma insulting Miss Bates at the Box Hill picnic, it’s not really. Because, in this case, while I don’t agree with Frank’s motivations for pulling the jam, I do agree with him. Because I don’t think ANYONE (not Jane, not Emma, definitely not Alex) should have thought it was a good idea to include the jam in the gift baskets in the first place.
Let’s say you’re running a company that’s trying to plan events for people who want to use their celebrity to do good in this world. You’re planning an event that could connect you with more people who want to do good, or where the word of mouth could bring you more of this type of business.
Now, would you really include in the gift bags some (by all accounts) nasty-tasting weird jam, even (actually, especially) if it was made by a close friend of your father’s who is also the aunt of one of your employees? Would it be professional/good for your company? Do you really think including it is in the best interests of your client? (Also, since I don’t know if Maddy has the necessary food handling qualifications necessary in California, I don’t know if it’s even legal for them to hand out her jam to people who aren’t friends or family members.)
Loyalty and friendship are great, but imagine that Alex likes to knit bizarrely colored, lumpy scarves. Should Emma try to include those in the gift bags just because they’re friends?
It’s horrible that Emma couldn’t have let Jane and Maddy know this at the beginning of the gift bag discussions. But not including jam in the gift bags when the jam didn’t belong there in the first place is not the same as publicly humiliating a long-time friend in front of almost everyone that knows her. Unless Emma says some horrible things about Maddy and her jam at the Boxx opening, I don’t see this having the same weight as the Box Hill incident in the book.
Emma Approved Ep. 61 - The Usual Suspects | Thoughts
Finally watched it and here’s the thing: isn’t Knightley’s source of jealousy the fact that he thinks there’s some form of attachment between Emma and Frank? And that that’s a big part of why he doesn’t like Frank? I just feel that by having Alex speculate on Frank and Jane dating, it takes away from the fact that he was jealous of a possible Emma/Frank relationship, which is part of what helps him realize that what he feels for Emma is not just friendship.
Though I have to say, in this adaptation Alex has always come across to me as someone who has been aware of his feelings for Emma for a while and he’s not particularly subtle about it in some instances (though Emma remains as clueless as ever). And I guess because of this distinction in the story, it doesn’t really matter whether he speculates about Frank and Jane dating or not because he’s already known how he feels about Emma anyway and being jealous of Frank isn’t bringing about any big revelation for him.
I think I just like the thought of a jealous Alex.
On another note: they’re doing a fantastic job on setting up the Box Hill debacle and I can barely stand to watch. This train wreck is going to be so painful. =S
But in the book (SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ EMMA), I’m pretty sure Knightley tells Emma he thinks there’s more between Jane and Frank than they let on, and Emma’s pretty much, nope, not possible—I know Frank doesn’t have any special connection to Jane. So then Knightley feels even more jealous of Frank because clearly Emma and he have some special understanding if she KNOWS he’s not interested in Jane. So, Emma Approved is giving a nod to the book with the dating discussion.
The thing that bothers me about the Jane and Frank thing in this adaptation is that the Q&A made it obvious that there’s something special between them. They clearly have had the discussion of tea versus coffee before, the way he came into her office is not the way you come into the office of a casual acquaintance, etc. So you’d have to be as willfully blind as Emma to not notice something is going on. In the book, you feel more like maybe something is going on, maybe there’s nothing. The hints about their relationship are a little more subtle.