Hunderby: Well, That Went Downhill Fast

Excruciating---Julia-Davi-009Previously on Hunderby: Hester was throwing up some roadblocks to her annulment from Foggerty, which Dorothy used to convince Helene he didn’t really want to be with her after all. Turns out Dorothy lied about being raped and then giving birth to Hester and Foggerty all those years ago, so they’re not brother and sister after all, which means their marriage is still valid. Bummer. Also, Hester tells Foggerty she’s pregnant. Brother Joseph returns, kind of on the run from the church authorities who aren’t too happy about his method of conversion, which seems to involve digital rape. There’s also a new pastor in town, John, who’s obsessed with Helene and determined to hunt out any local homosexuals.

Hester is moving into Hunderby, which surprises Helene, because Foggerty hasn’t told her what’s going on here. Foggerty rushes Hester upstairs before she can tell Helene too much, and once in her room he tosses Hester on the bed and warns her to keep her mouth shut. Hester threatens to tell Helene that they’re still married. Foggerty begs to be able to tell Helene in his own way and in his own time and she assents, as long as he sleeps with her that night. He tries very hard not to cry.

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Hunderby: One Big, Happy Family

dec2015-sky-atlantic-hunderby-tile-c6a2c54This time of year, a lot of people (for better and for worse) wind up spending a lot of time with their families. So what better time to bring back one of the most dysfunctional families on television: the good folks of Hunderby?

When last we saw them, things were…complicated. Edmund, the master of Hunderby and the local vicar, had married Helene, a woman with a mysterious past and the permanent look of a freshly landed fish. Put off by Edmund’s and his creepy housekeeper, Dorothy’s, obsession with Edmund’s dead first wife, Helene fell for the local doctor, Graham Foggerty, a man miserably married to Hester, who was crippled when he ran her over the night before their wedding. His and Helene’s affair resulted in a pregnancy, and when Helene went into labour, we suddenly discovered the following: 1) Edmund’s first wife was not dead but had been kept in the attic for years, Mrs Rochester-style. But then she fell out of the attic and died, so we’re pretty sure she’s for reals dead now. 2) Edmund, a poorly closeted homosexual, was set up by his mother to rape Dorothy years ago, and said rape resulted in the birth of twins who grew up to be…Hester and Fogarty. The shock of all this seems to have given Edmund some sort of stroke, rendering him just this side of comatose. Helene gave birth to a son, and since Foggerty’s marriage to Hester is clearly unlawful now that they’re twins and all, it looks like he and Helene will get to be together after all. And he’ll get to inherit Hunderby someday.

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A Young Doctor’s Notebook: Crash Into Me

young-doctor-s2e2-adam-godley-16x9-1Previously on A Young Doctor’s Notebook: Pelagaya’s death brought out the absolute worst in Dan, disgusting his elder self.

In 1935, the train stops and Jon informs his traveling companion that they’ve reached his stop. He apologises for all the crying, and tells the man he’s right about the opera: it’s garbage. But unfortunately BumBuddy’s totally dead, and Jon failed to notice. He’s a terrible doctor.

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A Young Doctor’s Notebook: The Monster Inside

young-doctor-s2ep3-hamm-radcliffe-16x9-1Previously on A Young Doctor’s Notebook: The White Guard showed up, bringing along the lovely Natasha, whom Dan quickly falls for. Despite her noticeable lack of interest, he dumps Pel in the hopes of winning Natasha over.

On the train, Jon rustles through his buddy’s blankets while the man’s asleep, searching for the notebook. Why BumBuddy has the notebook again I have no idea. The guy wakes up and asks if Jon’s trying to feel him up. Jon denies it and says he had an idea for his opera—a new aria, he can sing it if BB likes! ‘I’d rather you touched my balls,’ the guy growls. That means ‘no,’ Jon.

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A Young Doctor’s Notebook: Shoot Yourself in the Foot

young-doctor-s2e2-margaret-clunie-16x9-1Previously on A Young Doctor’s Notebook: Jon was released from the asylum/prison and tried to sell Dan on the idea of drug-free living, and Dan used up all the hospital’s morphine.

Jon’s new friend the bum in the boxcar, wakes him by throwing his notebook at his head and asking about the morphine addict. Jon starts to explain that said addict isn’t just a friend of his, and then he notices that BumBuddy is pantsless and there are now several pages missing from the notebook. Apparently BumBuddy ate some bad borscht. Lovely.

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Hunderby: I’m My Own Grandpa

Previously on Hunderby: Helene found out she was pregnant with Dr. Fogarty’s baby, Fogarty fell into an alcohol-fuelled depression, and Edmond got laid, which directly led to Jeff nearly getting hanged to death.

Edmond wakes and snuggles up to the life-size stuffed Jeff he’s created, using that awful portrait he painted as the face. He kind of made him look like Lenny Kravitz in that painting.

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Hunderby: Compromising Positions

Previously on Hunderby: Hester found out about her husband’s affair with Helene and told Helene she was dying, which prompted Helene to break up with Fogarty. Fogarty immediately fell into an alcoholic depression and Helene found out from her hunchbacked rapist that she’s pregnant.

Edmond gathers his staff in the kitchen to share the good news that Helene’s womb is not as “useless as an empty dungeon”. He orders up a massive feast to celebrate.

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Hunderby: I Want You, I Need You, Oh Baby, Oh Baby

Previously on Hunderby: Edmond found out that he has to have a kid to inherit his mother’s fortune, which is a problem because he apparently has no idea how sex works. Helene found out Fogarty is married, and Fogarty found out that Helene had a child at some point in the past. And thanks to Helene’s big mouth, Dorothy knows it too.

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Hunderby: Baby Blues

Previously on Hunderby: Helene got a dog, Matilda died (with an assist from both Dorothy and Edmond), and Dorothy got her hands on Helene’s incriminating locket.

The funeral’s over and the family is sitting down for the reading of the will. Basically, Edmond will get everything if he and Helene have a child within the year. If there is no child, everything is to be sold and the money used to build an underwater memorial to those lost when the Bethany Rose sank. Dorothy isn’t mentioned at all. Ha!

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Hunderby: Mother Issues

Previously on Hunderby: Helene (who turned out not to be Helene after all but a stowaway named Elizabeth) washed up after a shipwreck and quickly married the local reverend/resident weirdo and went to go live in his creepy house with his super weirdo housekeeper, Dorothy, who still seems to be carrying a massive torch for the rev’s late wife, Arabelle.

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