Practically every line in Fleabag series two is a stroke of genius from writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge – but fans were especially bowled over by a speech on womanhood delivered by Kristin Scott Thomas in episode three.
The actress made a cameo as a successful woman in business who Fleabag (played by Waller-Bridge) meets at an awards ceremony, and when the pair go for a drink, Scott Thomas’ character Belinda gives an epic monologue about what it is to be a woman.
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“Women are born with pain built in,” she says. “It’s our physical destiny: period pains, sore boobs, childbirth, you know. We carry it within ourselves throughout our lives, men don’t.
“They have to seek it out, they invent all these gods and demons and things just so they can feel guilty about things, which is something we do very well on our own. And then they create wars so they can feel things and touch each other and when there aren’t any wars they can play rugby.
“We have it all going on in here inside, we have pain on a cycle for years and years and years and then just when you feel you are making peace with it all, what happens? The menopause comes, the f***ing menopause comes, and it is the most wonderful f***ing thing in the world.
“And yes, your entire pelvic floor crumbles and you get f***ing hot and no one cares, but then you’re free, no longer a slave, no longer a machine with parts. You’re just a person.”
Fleabag fans absolutely loved it.
When Kristin Scott Thomas was announced for this season of #fleabag, I naturally assumed she’d be playing God. Having watched that magnificent scene in the cocktail bar, I see no reason to revise my opinion. pic.twitter.com/xyRIR0tGas
— andrew allen (@my_grayne) March 18, 2019
#Fleabag is the best show on television. Kristin Scott Thomas was absolutely brilliant. Sian Clifford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge were sensational as always. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard on a Monday.
— Joe Thompson (@joeliamthompson) March 18, 2019
— Rianne Ison (@rianne_ison) March 18, 2019
— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) March 18, 2019
Plus Kirsten Scott Thomas monologue about how Women are born with pain blew me away with its resonance insight and truth. That monologue is a mood . #Fleabag
— Emmie Alderson (@emmie_alderson) March 18, 2019
Also in episode three, viewers were stunned when Andrew Scott’s sexy priest became the first character on the show to notice Fleabag breaking the fourth wall…
#Fleabag just broke breaking the fourth wall…
— Vikas Gogana (@VikasGogana) March 18, 2019
Excellent meta 4th wall stuff there #Fleabag
— Penny HEUmer (@socialsoprano) March 18, 2019
Did #fleabag just break a fifth wall?
— pippa wragg (@pippawragg) March 18, 2019
Fleabag returns next Monday at 10.35pm on BBC1