;) I knew I could rely on you!
She’s my template for a perfect character - passionate and principled but sometimes those principles are so fucked up or lead her to making terrible mistakes. She’s 100% in control until she’s not and then it’s all ‘fuck it, set fire to everything and run away from the mess wait what do you mean that doesn’t work I hate feelings’.
Oh my god, take five minutes and breathe before you make decisions sometimes. ‘I’ve just been dumped - fuck it, I’m closing The Thrift.’ ‘Hey, dude who’s loved me forever but I just see as a friend, let’s get married!’ Oh, and telling an entire roomful of people that she banged O’Neill multiple times. Have fun getting funding from any of them in the future, sweetheart.
Also, her in-character and entirely era-appropriate using of sex workers to make A Political Point.
- Favorite episode (scene if movie)
The one where she goes to St Jude’s - less for the O’Neill stuff and more because she basically kicks arse. And it was the first episode I ever watched and I basically fell in love right there and then.
All of them? Except maybe Season 4 because of the depressingness, but really they’re all note perfect. I love them for different reasons, though.
"They can laugh at me all they like - I really don’t care." Oh, Season One!Eleanor and your optimisim. Enjoy it whilst it lasts. Also, basically any line she delivers to O’Neill during the episode with his wife and her Mystery Fever OMG.
The one she seduces Major Quarrie in - especially the cute suede shawl that, on bingewatching the entire show, has belonged to at least two other characters on the show (Canadian Self-Harming Girl and Mrs Costigan)
Eleanor/The Thrift 5eva.
Eleanor & Marsham. When they’re good, they’re very very good. When they’re engaged, they’re horrid. With a full fourth season, I’d have loved to have seen her and Alice gang up on Robert a bit because I think they’d end up as very good, if frequently combative, friends and Eleanor needs a female friend who isn’t afraid to call her on her bullshit.
She wasn’t in love with Finn O’Neill. She thought she was, she wanted to be, but I think she loved the idea of him more than the man himself. If he’d stayed in England instead of going to America, I doubt they’d have made it to the altar. Of course, the emotionally unavailable men are a perfect match because if she never actually goes through with it then she never has to risk giving up her practice. I don’t think she and Major Quarrie would have made it five years, I think he’d have ended up wandering off and she’d be a single mother to a little girl who is fascinated by Mama’s stethoscope but grows up to become a suffragette instead of a doctor.
I love the finale. Yes, it’s fucked up and sad as hell, but it’s entirely believable. Eleanor has always had shitty judgement when it comes to men, and it’s not the first time she’s neglected her day to day work for her Cause of the Week. I think Marsham would have come to his senses, called Robert sort things out and brought Eleanor back once she’d had her baby.
That we’d gotten more seasons? That there was more of a fandom? That I could give post-O’Neill Eleanor a cuddle and some icecream and a lot of wine and a copy of It’s Called a Break Up Because It’s Broken And Also He Married Someone Else And Is A Total Douchecanoe Who Loves His Career More Than He Could Ever Love You?
- An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen
I mean….the way the Mrs Bruce & the Thrift plotline ended stabs me in the heart. I would rather her have ended up with O’Neill than that happen, but it’s bloody good writing.
- 5 words to best describe them
Passionate, impulsive, privileged, judgemental, stubborn
I don’t have one, but I do find myself saying ‘Oh bb, no don’t do that’ at least once an episode.