This is another episode that we pretty much got everything in. There were a couple of slight line chops and when we were filming there were rain clouds that kept covering our set in waves. So we only had about 3 x 2 minute takes until Felix and Bruce made some executive decisions. They are both so great to work with and see how they prioritise certain shots / scenes over others.
I love that we start the episode with the Avalon runners talking about how the windfarms are ugly and that coal is better lol! And the $50 "Does this belong to you?" - perfect! So Justin has finished his white stick exhibition (something that the cast and crew all pitched in and helped with – see exhibit A below) and we’re both listening to the self-guided meditation that would play with the exhibition. However our new local traditional sustainable gardeners interrupt Justin’s Zen and scare the crap out of him by just staring at us. But we’ve got white stuff to buy, so we leave them to their work.
So, Justin heads back home to find our garden looking like a firestorm has hit it. His stick exhibition sitting in a pile of black ash. The only thing that got chopped, which I thought was hilarious, was the Gardeners asking for financial recompense for their labours – but they don’t do receipts though as they contribute directly to the deforestation, destruction of habitats and child prostitution. Cash only. It was such a funny ending to seeing Justin’s face angry, in peril and confused all at the same time. We were all giggling in the background. Another funny behind the scenes thing that happened was while the crew were burning the back yard to get the set ready for Justin’s arrival, were a couple of Avalonians walking past and covering their faces from the smoke that ever so slightly billowed up from it and looking horrified at us. We all couldn’t help but giggle.
Felix’s adlibbing for Justin while he had to recreate his stick exhibition was hilarious. He’s so funny! He certainly knows how to be in a state of hilarious peril. The coal face was so very clever along with the continuity and change gag. There’s so much you can learn from someone who can internally raise their own personal stakes that high. When I watch Justin being triggered in his emergency meditating moment it took me back to when he was desperate for a cronut in season 1, but worse.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah’s difficult choices around which blank white canvas to use and which white paint would be better. I definitely went safely down the rabbit hole with that one because I found myself making jokes with friends whenever I saw something white… Do I get the golf ball or the ping pong ball? Goats cheese or goats brie? White out or white nail polish? I tell you, the benefits for Sarah of having an artist for a husband are great. He knows what to choose everytime.
I love Anne Tenney as my onscreen mother in law (Katherine). She’s the best! Katherine’s fussing over Brunhilda is so good. There were a few lines cut here and there around Brunhi getting acupuncture for her hip replacement, having to up her Medicalm dose and thinking she’s got Alzheimer’s… Justin comes back at her with “Or perhaps she’s just a dog? How many schnauzers have won the Nobel prize for physics? Three? Seven? None. Because she’s a dumb animal.” And then Katherine hangs up. Justin immediately feels regret but bounces back to his stick art crisis immediately. Seriously, where does Felix get this material?
But he manages to work his way through his crisis and pulls of yet another fantastic right in the zeitgeist exhibition. I’m actually considering creating some stick art myself for my apartment. I know, but it’s really clever and very eye catching.
And then last up for the season we have the Blanco Party.