Emma humiliating Mrs Bates through the jams is a stroke of genius that gets better and better the more I think about it.
Not only is Mrs Bates following Emma’s advice and trying to get ahead in the world by being more assertive, not only is this a very personal product for her that she puts her heart and soul into, but it is also a possible extra source of income for her. Emma mocked the very thing that may have gotten Mrs Bates out of poverty, a way that she herself had come up with and worked on, a means to climb back up the social ladder.
It ties in beautifully with the book where Knightley shouts at Emma that Mrs Bates is poor. Emma had the upper hand in this situation, she was in a position of power over Mrs Bates at the party, and instead of helping her friend she effectively knocked her back down.
Even though this is a modern-day setting, they still managed to combine Emma’s personal insult with issues of class and power and privilege, not an easy thing to do.
Everyone’s acting was on point this episode
but Joanna Sotomura just became my favourite Emma, I mean that was impressive like I SALUTE YOU
"this is so great" i whisper as my favorite characters’ world falls apart
When it comes to dancing, you think you’re a Cosima or Sarah, but you’re probably an Allison or Helena