I love this episode by episode analysis thread.
I just watched the episode today, so obviously I have to babble about it. This episode, as mentioned countless time, was very strong. Strange as it lacked direct Ram Priya interaction.
1. Priya's standing up for herself. It reminds me of the bathroom scene in Hum Tum, both contained very much the same points. But of course, since the tone of the two scenes was so different, it was not a ripoff in any way. I think Nureat01 mentioned the use of 'yaar' which showed not only a cute brother sister touch, but this irritation with her irrational brother which I just loved
2. Shipra. This character was really annoying, but today I got to see her other side. I thought they made her into a Mrs. Bennet caricature, but was pleasantly surprised to see that she knows that she is unfair to Priya. her scene when she instictively yells at and blames Priya, but then also says that she knows its not really Priya's fault. Its this classic case of not understanding her daughter, who is so different and so much stronger than herself. Its like she is so bewildered by this daughter who has such different values, and temperament from herself that she cannot deal with it, and lashes out at her. It also explains why she is so obsessed with the second daughter, who is more like herself.
Adding to that, Priya's final scene where she actually feels sad that she cannot make her family happy is very touching. Once again, its just the fact that she does not see marriage as the ONLY direction her life can take, as opposed to the rest of her family, who only thinks of her in those terms, that caused all this friction. I also love how none of this is overtly said, but more subtly expressed.
3. I think Psawyer(Vasu?) mentioned that Priya's father is really not that great. i agree. He has been portrayed as somewhat weak, while still being a sympathetic character to Priya. In the Priya vs Family scene, he is really not on her side. He, too, treats her lack of marriagebility as a handicap. I love that Priya won't see herself as a victim, and I hate that everyone else, but Vikram(apparently) sees her exactly as that.
4. Does anyone else think that Nuts(Nats?) is actually nuts? Maybe, they are writing her as a manic-depressive? Her family treats her a little too carefully. They totally exceed the whole spoilt baby of the family thing. And the London thing is suspicious.
5. Little things i loved:
Priya's little grin when Ram doesn't drink the water. It is a very knowing smile, and a very private one. She is not even irritated, its exactly what she expects.
Ram's prenuptial discussion: Considering this is Ram, I am not surprised that he took the straight way out and said it rather than think about Karthik might feel about. He took it for granted that this is yet again his responsibility to handle. I am guessing he is used to cleaning up after Natasha's messes. Also loved Karthik's response(the won't take a penny from you bit, not my sister's a spinster bit)
The rain: did anyone else see the symbolism that Priya ventures out in the rain, if only soaking her arms, while Ram kind of stares at it from the window and then shuts the window firmly. Its more subtle than I expected from Ekta.