With no scarcity of hilarious one-liners and burns, here are 10 of the most relatable moments from the show, sincerely picked for you.
‘Fleabag’ is a funny comedy-drama series that openly talks about sex, marriage, love, and loneliness. The BBC sitcom is about a single woman in her late 20s who is juggling the loss of her best friend, a dysfunctional family, and a business that is not doing very well, all of this seared in a mixture of sorrow and laughter. Let’s check out the most relatable moments from Fleabag.
- Fleabag relatable moments
- The well-dressed, well-established sibling
- Tolerating alcoholic relatives
- Using SEX as a distraction
- Women, Success, and Menopause
1. The well-dressed, well-established sibling
Fleabag is a hysterical woman in her early thirties who owns a café (that is running on fumes), has a boyfriend (who is goody two shoes), and an ex-best friend who committed suicide (not a great life TBH!). And then there is Claire (her elder sister), who looks like she’s got everything figured out (she even plans her OWN BIRTHDAY PARTY!).
In Episode 1 of Season 1 Fleabag goes on describing her sister as someone who is “uptight and beautiful, and probably anorexic but clothes look awesome on her so …”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag moments that we connect to
2. Tolerating alcoholic relatives
Martin (Fleabag’s brother-in-law) is described as someone who is always drunk, sexually inappropriate, and makes everyone feel bad around him because he’s just “being fun” (Episode 3 season1).
Martin, being the pathetic brother-in-law that he is, goes on advising Fleabag to find herself a man because she is “just tipping prime”. Deep down we all know a Martin in our lives.
3. Using SEX as a distraction
“I have a horrible feeling that I’m a greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can’t even call herself a feminist”, says Fleabag during one of her many emotional breakdowns in the show.
She goes on admitting that she loved the performance of sex, the awkwardness of it, not so much the feeling of it. We saw her use SEX to deflect from the screaming void inside her heart.
4. “I just want to cry. All the time.”
The conversation that takes place between the ‘HOT priest’ and Fleabag (in a confessional booth) is going to be remembered for ages. As dark and saddening this one-liner is, Fleabag made it very clear to us that no one gets through life easily. Everyone has their share of troubles and it’s necessary to address those emotions.
5. Women, Success, and Menopause
Belinda’s iconic speech about women’s pain lives rent-free in my head. Netizens blew up the internet in praise of the excellent monologue delivered by the charismatic Kristin Scott Thomas. ‘Fleabag’ fans absolutely loved the unfiltered remark about women when Belinda said:
“Women are born with pain built-in. 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.”
6. Haircuts can become your scariest nightmares
We broke into fits of laughter in Episode 5 of season 2 when Claire calls her sister in acute distress over a personal crisis which turns out to be a pretty “bad haircut”. The stylist in his defence claims that he styled her the way she wanted and “hair isn’t everything”.
To which Fleabag says,
“Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t, so we could think about something else occasionally, but it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day. We’re made to think it’s a symbol of power, a symbol of fertility. Some people are exploited for it, and it pays your fucking bills. Hair is everything”.
7. Unfulfilled love
There is nothing worse than rejection. But Fleabag surpasses that when she confesses her love for the hot priest (played by Andrew Scott) only to hear “It’ll PASS”. (I mean, who says that). These two words felt like a cold dagger piercing through my heart, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in this (Episode 6 season 2).
8. “We are not friends. We are sisters.”
Claire, in Season 1, can be seen as a control freak, always tensed and annoyed for some strange reason. The show beautifully depicts her transformation of becoming a lovable monster who makes it up to her younger sister by the end of the season’s premiere.
The story outlines the love-hate relationship which keeps the two siblings together and drives them through tough times. It feels awkwardly relatable when we realise how severely many of us have masked our emotions and pushed our siblings away, just to avoid confrontation.
9. Loss of loved ones
The title protagonist loses her best friend Boo to suicide, which, in many ways, casts a shadow on her other relationships which are mostly transient. The presence of a Godmother (turned stepmother) (Olivia Colman) in her life seems to have distanced Fleabag from her father. The delightfully evil godmother never fully accepts the writer and needles her whenever she can.
10. Love and optimism
The most relatable of all moments is when Fleabag talks to us about LOVE and the sufferings that it brings along.
“Love isn’t something that weak people do. Being a romantic takes a lot of HOPE.”
Phoebe compels you to question life and love; and ask yourself, “Why would you believe in something awful, when you could believe in something wonderful?”
We really owe it to Phoebe-Waller Bridge for creating such an excellent series that speaks about so many insecurities we share in common. And for giving us so many memorable moments and iconic characters which are RELATABLE AF!