[The Crown] I watched 'Dear Mrs. Kennedy' countless times - 6 reasons why the episode is addictive
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I did not finish watching The Crown Season 2 in one day. I had three days for that. After I finished all 10 episodes, I had the urge to re-watch it, although, not all episodes. I have my favorite, Episode 8: Dear Mrs. Kennedy. The episode was funny, bold, and sorrow.
Below, I listed out 6 reasons, Dear Mrs. Kennedy is spectacular.
1. Everyone was obsessed with Jackie Kennedy and the Queen was being so sarcastic about it
When Prince Philip was brushing his teeth in his tuxedo and Queen Elizabeth II was struggling to fit in her blue gown before the informal dinner with the Kennedys, the Queen listed out the people who wanted to sit beside Jackie Kennedy.
- Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (Prince Philip's uncle)
- Berthold, Margrave of Baden (Prince Philip's brother-in-law)
- Harold Macmillan (British Prime Minister)
- David K. E. Bruce (American Ambassador to the British)
- Prince Philip himself.
The Queen told this when she was squeezing her body so she can appear as good as Jackie.
This scene was so good. It showed that a prince was starstruck because of a first lady. The Queen felt envious towards the First Lady of the United States of America. That was mind-blowing. This obsession made this episode positively bizarre.
A royal referred the Kennedys as a royal. The Queen responded that with a sarcasm. I laughed hard because of this.
2. Queen Elizabeth II finally made the boldest decision ever after 17 episodes
Who does not like a woman shine in a TV series? The Queen was the most respected individual, but with least victories. The idea of the Queen went to Ghana to fix things, the Queen who danced with an African, the Queen who does not want to be a puppet. This sudden boldness made this episode valuable.
Look at the smirk the Queen gave to her husband. On fleek.
3. Michael Adeane and Martin Charteris being the joker of the episode
|Michael Adeane, Baron Adeane as portrayed by Will Keen.|
|Martin Charteris, Baron Charteris of Amisfield as portrayed by Harry Hadden-Paton.|
Michael Adeane was the Queen's Private Secretary while Martin Charteris was her Assistant Private Secretary. Their reaction to the Kennedys' blunderous mistake on addressing the royals was laugh-worthy.
Alright, Your Majesty, we know you pursed your lips and you rolled your eyes because you felt cringed when you heard the word 'royal' between 'your' and 'majesty'.
Even the British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan and his wife, Lady Dorothy Macmillan joined the club.
Things even got funnier when the Queen wanted to give the Buckingham Palace tour to Jackie.
When the Queen took the President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah's hand for the dance, Charteris' response was precious.
Adeane and Charteris were both serious people in this series, devoted to their job. Their seriousness added flavor to this episode. They added salt, pepper, and sugar towards the Queen's boldness and when the Kennedys messed up the protocol.
4. Watching JFK's assassination from the Queen's point of view
The Kennedys' appearance in The Crown Season 2 was anticipated since the trailer release. We all expected a drama will happen during the meeting between the Kennedys and the Windsors. However, I did not expect The Crown writer, Peter Morgan would include John F. Kennedy's assassination in the plot, created a bang towards the end of the episode.
When the assassination news was aired on the wires, with the background music that undeniably intriguing to watch, it was surreal.
When the Queen wanted the palace to observe a court morning and to ring the bell at the Westminster Abbey, she did not just be bold (again) to challenge the tradition (they only ring the bell when a royal family member deceased), she also showed respect towards the United States. This respect, this act of acknowledgment, it was noble.
5. Prince Philip being a supportive husband, a gentleman, without trying too hard
Prince Philip's reputation was a bit tarnished in this season with the infidelity rumors. However, in this episode, despite the Prince was obsessed with Jackie, he never forgets that Elizabeth is his wife, who needed his full support.
Look at how the Prince smiled when the Queen danced with Nkrumah. And then, he walked forward to see his wife mesmerized the crowd with her once in a blue moon action. That was an act of support that deserves a recognition. He was the guy who wanted his wife to shine, unlike JFK who was not so keen when Jackie upstaged him.
Not to mention, fast forward decades later, not yet portrayed in The Crown, Prince Charles was also intimidated by Princess Diana's popularity. We could see that he was not that proud of his wife achievements. He was so popular before their marriage and she stole it during and after their marriage.
But here, we have Prince Philip, who was denied his surname for his children, his determination to fly planes needed approval from the Parliament, his wife took precedence, his wife is the first person in the country, and when his wife continued to soar, he supported her unconditionally.
6. The Queen Mother's love for mac n' cheese
Nothing major here. But, it was rare to see a royal fancied the mac n' cheese, wasn't it?