“24 thoughts I had while watching Fleabag episode three”

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Helen Bownass
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We’re halfway through series two, here’s everything that went through my head. There will be spoilers…     

Episode three of Fleabag season two introduces the series’ best guest: Kristen Scott Thomas, playing a businesswoman named Belinda who delivers an epic monologue about female pain to our eponymous heroine.

‘I was in an airplane the other day, and I realised – I’ve been longing to say this out loud – women are born with pain built in. It’s our physical destiny. Period pain, sore boobs, childbirth, you know. We carry it within ourselves throughout our lives,” Belinda told Fleabag over a couple of dirty martinis. 

According to the BBC’s official plot synopsis, the rest of the episode saw Fleabag “help with an event at Claire’s work which inevitably ends in disaster, but an introduction to Claire’s colleague proves intriguing, and a chance meeting with a stranger opens Fleabag’s eyes.” 

What did Stylist’s entertainment director Helen Bownass make of the third episode? Here are her thoughts: 

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1. Is that tiles or wallpaper surrounding Fleabag’s bath? They’re tiles. Of course they’re tiles, who has wallpaper round their bath?

2. A fart in a lift is my idea of a horror show.

3. Claire is a woman who loves a crisis. I suspect I’m also someone who gets a buzz off a crisis too.

4. I wonder what the “posh plates” look like.

5. I recognise that bit of London. It’s that bit that leads down to the river where you cross over to the Tate.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag 

6. It’s Kristin Scott Thomas. What a woman. What a shirt. 

7. Oh yes, this blond man must be the one Claire is having a little affair with.

8. His name is Klare. That’s like Sam and Sam Clarke the chefs from Moro. Does that get confusing? Or simplify things? 

Christian Hillborg in Fleabag 

9. “Men have been pretty hands on the last few decades” I love Claire so much.

10. Is that the statue she stole! The one Olivia Colman made and caused the big family rift?

11. Fleabag has a great selection of black dungaree-based clothes this series

Kristin Scott Thomas in Fleabag 

12. Is Fleabag going to snog Kristin Scott Thomas? She really should. 

13. “Women are born with pain built in. We carry it within ourselves. Men have to seek it out.” YES! YES! YES!

14. I have never heard someone talk about the menopause like this: “It’s the most wonderful thing in the world. You’re free. No longer a slave…It’s is horrendous. Then magnificent.”

15. This is EXACTLY how I feel: “People are all we’ve got!” This is incredible writing. And acting. 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Kristin Scott Thomas in Fleabag 

16. It is a big office though, Claire.

17. “We’re not friends. We’re sisters.” I wish these two would stop breaking my heart every week.

18. NO! Don’t go the priests house. What are you thinking Fleabag?

19. Andrew Scott the priest is in bed at 9.30pm. I can really get on board with a person that does that. And his t-shirt.

20. “I like that you believe in a meaningless existence”. What a blow 

Sian Clifford in Fleabag

21. A fox coming through the window of a train is my new fear. To be added to my fear of finding a dead body in a train toilet.

22. I don’t think he’s being very sensible drinking gin and siting so close to her.

23. Okay maybe he is: “We’re not going to have sex! I know that’s what you think you want! I’d really like to be your friend though.” I enjoy this turn of events.

24. And I really like him calling her out for going off somewhere when she does those camera asides.

Fleabag is on Mondays at 10.35 on BBC One and on iPlayer. The second series is available on Amazon Prime Video in the US from 17 May. 

Images: BBC One 


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