I think I discovered Absolutely Fabulous at the right time for me – I was on my own and trying to disconnect from family dysfunction. The stone-faced Saffron politely telling her mother off became one of my icons of rationality.
Well, why is today such a panic, anyway? It’s only a fashion show, and you’ve had six months to prepare it.[...] Greater feats have been achieved in less time and with less fuss. — Fashion
Tonight on YouTube I found the original French & Saunders sketch that the show was based on. Two things in particular caused me to pause and re-play to get written:
Mother: “I think you’d be a lot happier if you shed a few stone.”
Daughter: “No, YOU’d be a lot happier.”
And, again from the daughter:
Mom. Would you please stop swearing? It’s not clever, it’s not funny, and nobody’s in the slightest bit impressed.
….I’m tempted to use that on some coworkers. ;)