"TAFU !!" definition : Some sort of angular oriental fish, also known as BEAN TURDS !!
The scene has been put back on the DVD version and I am so glad it was rescued from the cutting room floor. From start to finish it's a pure joy to watch and it never fails to make me laugh . Poor Ewan trying to maintain his spilled dignity in the wake of Donald's laughter. It's not nice to laugh but you just can't help it, blame Donald if you feel bad about it because he is very good at sucking people into bad behavior, but usually for better reasons.Sometimes not.
Donald Ulysses MacDonald, childish, flippant, conceded and funny but he is also sad, angry and riddled with a guilty conscience for a past that he would much rather avoid and run away from, pretending that he did the right and " honorable " thing by doing so to begin with. He is much more complex than he appears to be at first and you grow to love him for all his faults and he has many. His unlikely friendship with the young cook Ewan is great fun to watch develop and the two of them cowering with terror in the garage to hide from the wrath of Ewan's mother ( both for different reasons) makes you realize how on some levels they are equal in emotional maturity and that friendship ( and fear of angry mothers) knows no age boundaries.
There are far too many great scenes in this series with Donald to cover them all, but I'm especially fond of the " bed and breakfast" story with the Russian and the panther and the one in which Donald tries to became Laird of Glenbogle. The use of the estate dishes as clay pigeons was great, especially when he promptly marches off to get more when his request for a bigger allowance is turned down. The dance class fiasco and mad dash to hide in the basement from the women was rich.
If you haven't seen Tom in this series, go get it now and watch it Donald is a great character that Tom gives so much depth and multifaceted personality to. Even my husband enjoyed watching it, only the episodes Tom was in, but he did enjoy it very much. He has a very hard time watching any program that involves accents and swears that Tom and Susan Hampshire are the only two he could understand. Normally he gives up and stops watching any British program but he stuck around and watched this just because he liked Donald so much. It was a little disappointing that Tom was only in three episodes for the 7Th season but at least he was there.When ever I asked my husband if he wanted to watch the next episode the reply was , " Is Tom in this one? " . If the answer was no, I was to call him when Tom showed up. I know there was a lot of personal sacrifice on Tom and Sue's part for him to make this series and I would like to say - thank you , thank you, thank you so much.
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