"Quick summary: Andy Murray, famous tennis player…also lovely Scotch person.—Face of Healthy Lifestyle Choices. Nicola Murray, slightly-panicky minister lady, wonders if that’s okay with you.”
This is the closest Malcolm gives to a compliment in the entire four series.
In 3.2 after “the kraken awakes,” Nicola smirks at Terri’s mention of teabagging — do you have a theory about this?
(as asked by teamdenbigh)
I don’t know if it rises to the grand heights of a theory, especially since Nicola can’t be seen when Terri actually says teabagging, but I would say from Nicola’s eyeline when the camera swings over to her that she seems to be watching Malcolm and not Terri, so if her face is doing anything, it’s a response to his* (at this point non-verbal and unfortunately for us unseen) reaction to Terri’s extremely unexpected choice of vocabulary
Because with that one word, Terri manages to stop Malcolm dead in his tracks in terms of his not-at-all unhinged totally OTT bollocking and even sort of vaguely scandalize/intrigue him in the way anyone would be if a prim and proper maiden aunt type started throwing around esoteric terms from the Urban Dictionary.
*In the real world (which, of course, doesn’t count here), I would say it’s Rebecca responding since her reaction to even the most apocalyptic Malcolm meltdowns (i.e. the taxi scene from earlier on) was to laugh at his ridiculousness which isn’t exactly the reaction Nicola would be or should be having under the same circumstances.
Nicola: Jesus, you’re about as on the ball today as a dead seal!
Malcolm: Hey, that’s one of my fucking lines!
Malcolm makes none of the sense.
Malcolm makes all of the sense.
(406): I need a leather bustier to keep them in.
(925): Too kinky for 11:30am. Stop that.
Malcola Moments—— "Listen, Nicola. No offence but you’re not leadership material. I mean, fucking curtain material in that outfit. But you know."
Sway, Malcolm, sway.
Malcolm always looks so wrong when he’s outside without the armor of his overcoat and scarf. The outside is so not his natural habitat.
This is Ben at his most hairless Hagrid in terms of his size in contrast to Malcolm the scarecrow, but I do think it is just a little misleading. I’m pretty sure when they are walking, Malcolm has stepped off the pavement (insert profound remark about him being in the gutter as he sets up Nicola), which gives Big Ben even more of a height advantage.
But really, what always gets me about this is when Malcolm says Are they? and looks at Ben with such utter contempt. In a funny sort of way, I think Malcolm is at his most honest when he’s with Ben. Not honest in the sense of not telling lies — because of course he lies to Ben all the time — but emotionally honest in the sense of showing exactly what he’s feeling on his face since he knows Ben won’t get it.
Back in the Specials, Malcolm’s face would sometimes show a kind of satanic glee when he was dealing with Ben, but by series 4 there wasn’t a lot of fun or joy in it, just bored exhaustion. Although I guess it wasn’t entirely bad since we did get stoned Malc out of it, with his absolute insistence on differentiating between a pony and a baby horse while Ben ate all his biscuits.
Fic: On the Mating Call (Malcolm/Nicola. NSFW .Wingfic AU)
Fic: On the mating call (Part 6 of the On A Fucking Wing and a FUcking Prayer series)
Rating: NSFW. Wingfic
Plot: Nicola can’t get her encounter on the rooftop with Malcolm out of her head, so she tries to arrange it to happen again..
Notes: Both authors love positive feedback :)
More in my never ending “funny and/or odd” TTOI expression caps series. Though Nicola’s is less funny and more … she’s about to break in that one. She’s being pushed to the limit here. And she’s about to utter the best lines she ever had on the series. Still her eyes are a bit wild here so I still find the cap amusing.
HI! Do you think you could GIF/screen cap Nicola standing in front of the Liam Bentley sign? Thanks for posting the other Gifs to remind me!(as asked by doctors-sociopaths-angels-oh-my whose avatar causes me great joy and great pain at the same time)Here you go, I hope these do the trick and I hope you don’t mind a little extra bit of Malcolm doing-his-job-as-media-enforcer-(well-sort-of)-while-wearing-his-badly-tied-surprise!Dalek-tie.