As my twitterings are so huge I thought they probably needed a thread of their own. (That's not bigheaded, is it?..........................Oh!) Well anyway, this is what I gathered from 'Gatherings'.
It's just a couple of days after 'Beginnings' and Tim's dreaming of Sarah. She's backlit by the windows, showing his still lingering, hopeless love for her, despite what a bitch she is. He's also conscious of just how much he doesn't really know Daisy, despite being prepared to not only move in with her but also pretend to be her boyfriend. This could be Tim's way of dealing with his split from Sarah by playing on some sort of semblence within the situation. He's used to living with a woman, so he feels he's back in a familar scenario. The monster grabbing him and dragging him away represents his fear that this refound sense of security will all be taken away from him again. His attacking the monster when he's awake is his determination not to let that happen.
There's a coming together of Tim and Daisy as we see them both settled to do their respective creative renderings. Daisy is struggling to write anything, though, as her mind isn't settled, represented by her disorganised, still packed belongings across the living room. Meanwhile, Tim is fine and getting on with his drawing as he had his mind cleared earlier with the dream, represented by all his belongings being unpacked and away from the clutter. Daisy at first tries to blame Tim for her unsettledness but he soon puts her right by putting the responsability back on her. This shows up one of Daisy's more prominant traits, misreading situations. However, this is immediately balanced out by showing one of Tim's most prominant traits, being a nosy bastard as we see him reading Daisy's diary just the day before. There's also an equal showing of their early frustrations with each other. Firstly with Daisy's "Alright, I'll get on with it then," when Tim is unwilling to disagree with her about writing up a rota - thus forcing her to actually do it, and then Tim throwing the bottle at her head to stop her talking and stalling one more.
In the end it's Tim as the action maker that gets the pair of them to actually tidy the flat properly. It's also the perfect difuser for any sexual tension that may have built up and takes their friendship a little further.
Daisy's frustrations quickly return, though, as she still can't write while Tim happily draws. Whilst he has a purpose for his drawing, she has no specific target to aim for. By this point it's become noticable that nearly all the camera shots are up on Daisy, but down on Tim. This tells us that as an audience we're being geared to look more at Daisy as a character rather than Tim who we'll get to focus on more later. Daisy's frustrations are then switched to Tim as she has the idea to have a housewarming party. She now has a target to fulfil - organising and throwing the party - while Tim now has something ahead of him he didn't think of doing himself.
Daisy invites Marsha and Amber to the party, and to throw culslaw at each other if they wish. Daisy again isn't quite reading the situation, but it's of course countered by Tim's nosiness as he asks Brian what the deal is between him and Marsha. Respectively we learn that Marsha definetly has a thing for Brian and has a troubled relationship with her daughter, while Brian wants to obviously avoid Marsha as much as possible and is strangely naive for his age given his reaction to Tim's Father Christmas joke.
Tim is suddenly concerned that Marsha thinks he and Daisy are not really a couple, while Daisy is concerned about Mike bringing a gun to the party. Tim's non-plussed about the gun while Daisy is very sure Marsha suspects nothing. In just a few lines of dialogue we see that they have their individual worries but both interwine with each other. This is further demonstrated by Tim's impatience surfacing as he asks if Twist is fit while Daisy mis-interprets and responds by telling him that she'd run a half marathon. Their traits combine and pass each other by, as seems to be the rule.
Whilst Daisy is on the phone to Richard, Tim suddenly starts a round of sex noises. Initially prompted by his belief that Marsha suspects they're not a real couple, Tim ends up using it to embarrass Daisy instead. When he stops and jumps back down onto the sofa with his comic, the camera - ie the audience - look down on the smiling Tim for being a naughty boy!
Tim and Brian's differences in the way they approach art is highlighted at the start of the party. While Brian sees the artistic merit of Daisy's foil glitterball, Tim just sees the object itself. As a character device this is perfect. While both are artists there's enough conflict and distance in their ideas towards art to separate their characters. Daisy then bursts in and is, as ever, oblivious to what's actually happening in front of her. While she thinks it's all good and happy, Tim and Brian are clearly not in the mood. Possibly the first time they're on a level which each other. Again the camera looks up at Daisy as the happy one while Tim and Brian are look down upon for not joining in.
Tim then finally thinks the party is worthwhile when 2 girls arrive with Mike and he tries to act cool. He's probably not helped by the fact that it's been 5 years since he last properly chatted up a girl and he ends up looking a tit as they are actually looking for Amber's party. This is reflected as the camera takes an even steeper downturn on Tim to show how small he feels. Particularly after the girl's tell him to "Fuck off!"
As we've already sort of been introduced to Mike we see him on a level as he enters the room. He's consistantly on the same level as Tim, and as we have an idea of Tim as a character we're more or less certain Mike is OK. As Tim mentions Daisy didn't tell him about Amber's party, it's almost the first time we're not looking down on him. We're actually level with him. And now, as she dances, we're slightly looking down on Daisy for the first time in the episode. We now see that the party is not turning out to be so good so, as an audience, we're now with Tim who's cringing over it all.
Twist is then introduced. Unlike Mike, the camera in actually slightly down on Twist when we meet her. This suggests we should possibly be wary of her character. Also telling is that Daisy starts at a higher stance but Twist quickly brings her down to her level. Already we sense this is one of Twists common traits.
Tim half blows his and Daisy's cover by revealing her room to be the coatroom, her end of the deal to have the party. As with the anniversary gaff in 'Beginnings' Brian is immediately intrigued and questions them. Tim and Daisy flap about trying to improvise a reason for having separate rooms but in the end Daisy cracks and tells the truth. Tim seems to be the one most concerned about the truth coming out as, estabilshed earlier in his dream with the monster, he doesn't want to lose his newfound security. They bring back a united front when Marsha arrives. There's also an immediate apprehension between her and Brian, re-enforcing the mystery surrounding their relationship. When Marsha asks where to put her coat (though, she's come from within the house. Where's she going to need to wear it? ) Brian grabs his chance to a) get out of the same room as Marsha and b) make an alliance with Tim and Daisy by overtly saving their secret. Maybe Brian isn't so naive after all.
As alluded to earlier by the slight down camera angle, Twist comes across as a not completely nice character as she puts down Marsha, Daisy and the woman in the organic produce shop. However she seems to like Tim and flirts with Brian. Does Twist find other women a threat? Does she have a superiority complex? Clearly yes and obviously yes.
We then get a brief insight into Tim and Mike's friendship. Unlike Daisy and Twist, we see them at the same level. The contrast is shown further when Tim has his blue blow out and Mike grabs him and shakes him violently. They go on to 'slap each other around a bit more.' Their friendship has obviously lasted beyond the stage where they can frankly fight/argue with each other knowing their relationship is safe. Whereas Twist openly insulted Daisy and it wasn't confronted as their friendship clearly isn't as strong.
During a fairly one sided conversation with the Paperboy, he offers Daisy a mint. Daisy snorts a she thinks it's an exstasy tablet and ends up having half of it when she tries and fails to look cool, perfectly balancing out Tim's earlier foray into looking like a dick with the 2 girls. It shows AGAIN Daisy's unending display in misreading the situation. Will she ever learn?
Tim meanwhile, we discover, has learnt from his mistakes as a flashback suggests. Though, we're yet to discover what it is and what it means. While he and Mike take a chance and crash Amber's party, Daisy sticks to her own party which is like death on a stick.
When Tim and Mike come down for more booze we're now looking up at Tim. He's the one we want to be with now as he, along with Mike, is having the fun. We look slightly down on Daisy as we dispair of her floundering idea of a party. And her snogging the Paperboy. Eww! Brian and Twist then join Tim and Mike's level to show they're together in force ("JOOOOOOOOOOOOIN UUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSS!!!") and we look up at them wanting to join them too. This a repeat from earlier when Tim got Daisy to tidy the flat with him. He's the instigator while she's the catalyst for his ideas. Without her they don't fully come to the boil. This in itself is a call back to when they first met in 'Beginnings' as it was Tim who initially had the idea of pretending to be a couple while Daisy became the metaphorical Bunsen Burner. It's his idea to rejoin Amber's party. Daisy just has to go with it for it to work.
When Daisy finally agrees to go with them to Amber's party she comes up level and she's back with us, wanting to go to the better party upstairs. As was the case from the start, Daisy was the main focus of this episode and it ends showing that maybe she's starting to learn from her mishaps and is prepared to take a chance like Tim. There's hope for her yet.
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