Friday, January 04, 2008

"Language, Timothy!"

Just watched episode 35 of The Wire, which contained:
  1. The re-emergence of a character I thought was dead
  2. A major surprise about the sexual orientation of another
  3. The most jaw-dropping profanity I've ever heard on any TV show ever
Good discussion about what it all means here.


  1. Anonymous12:41 pm

    I'm still irritated with myself for not having got into The Wire.

    I tried when they re-showed Series One last year, but I was obviously having an off-day.

    I'm guessing that the profanity is in a different vein to that of Malcolm "The Thick Of It" Tucker, who is surely the greatest swearer on British TV

  2. Anonymous7:01 pm

    We've got The Wire lined up on our Amazon rental, just after we finish Six Feet Under (on S3 now), and I'm looking forward to seeing it. And what was the swearing? I love a bit of good creative profanity!

  3. “Language, Timothy!”
    That’s what my dear wife says to me whenever I swear, and I don’t think I ever even saw an episode of the Ronnie Corbett “vehicle” Sorry.
    I , without fail, will then indignantly reply: “but it’s not Sunday”, even if it is. This is reference to an episode of The Good Life (which I have seen, many times, as our daughter developed a bizarre fascination for the programme when she was about six) in which Jerry utters a mild oath (something like “damn”) and is ticked off by Margo with a withering “Jerry, not on a Sunday”.
    Funny how old couples and old friends have these routines. Funny too how unremarkable lines from old sitcoms embed themselves in your brain.
    Not that that stopped us giving that Channel 4 100 Best Comedy Catchphrases show the swerve last night in favour of repeats of New Deal and QI, both of which we’d seen before.
    Ah, the comfortably mundane bliss of dull middle age. Excitement and novelty are hugely over-rated. Roll on the next episode of Midsomer Murders.

  4. "Don't swear, Jerry. And don't bleed in the sink; I've just cleaned it."

  5. Ah yes. Three months later, and I've just watched the same episode. Although the picture suggested the re-emergence of that character, I now understand what you meant about the other character!