Carolyn is the first character in the show that really got me. Her conversation with Douglas at the end of Douz episode is when I realized how much I love that show. Periodically you’re given the perfect piece of information about why the characters are the way they are, and it just makes you love them so much.
“Gdansk” is another of my favorite episodes–in the top 5, I’d say. Second most listened to. It’s got a heart-full moment like Douz, and I also really enjoy listening to Carolyn deal with Madame Szysko-Bohusza.
Passengers who survived terrifying Air Transat flight in 2001, help psychologists uncover new clues about post-traumatic stress vulnerability
An extraordinary opportunity to study memory and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a group of Air Transat passengers who experienced 30 minutes of unimaginable terror over the Atlantic Ocean in 2001 has resulted in the discovery of a potential risk factor that may help predict who is most vulnerable to PTSD.
The study, led by researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences, is published online this week in the journal Clinical Psychological Science – ahead of print publication. It is the first to involve detailed interviews and psychological testing in individuals exposed to the same life-threatening traumatic event. By necessity, other trauma studies involve heterogeneous events as experienced in different situations.
This opportunity was enhanced by the fact that one of the researchers, Dr. Margaret McKinnon, was a passenger on the plane. Heading off on her honeymoon in late August 2001, Dr. McKinnon’s flight departed Toronto for Lisbon, Portugal with 306 passengers and crew on board. Mid way over the Atlantic Ocean, the plane suddenly ran out of fuel. Everyone onboard was instructed to prepare for an ocean ditching, which included a countdown to impact, loss of on-board lighting and cabin de-pressurization. About 25 minutes into the emergency, the pilot located a small island military base in the Azores and glided the aircraft to a rough landing with no loss of life and few injuries.
“Imagine your worst nightmare – that’s what it was like,” said Dr. McKinnon, who initiated the study as a postdoctoral fellow at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute. She is now a clinician-scientist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Associate Co-Chair of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton.
“This wasn’t just a close call where your life flashes before your eyes in a split second and then everything is okay,” she said. The sickening feeling of “I’m going to die” lasted an excruciating 30 minutes as the plane’s systems shut down.
Following this incident, Dr. McKinnon and her colleagues at Baycrest – including Dr. Daniela Palombo (now a postdoctoral researcher at VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine) and Dr. Brian Levine (senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute and the University of Toronto) – recruited 15 passengers to participate in the Baycrest study. Using their knowledge of the moment-to-moment unfolding of events in this disaster, the researchers were able to probe both the quality and accuracy of passengers’ memories for the AT emergency in great detail along with two other events (Sept. 11, 2001 and a neutral event from the same time period) – and relate their findings to the presence or absence of PTSD in those passengers.
Not all passengers on Flight 236 went on to develop PTSD despite experiencing the same “single blow” traumatic event with the threat of imminent death.
The study produced two key findings. First, the Flight 236 passengers showed tremendously enhanced vivid memories of the plane emergency. Although the Baycrest team was not surprised by this, other research has suggested that memory for traumatic events is impoverished. Second, neither the vividness nor accuracy of memory related to who developed PTSD, but those with PTSD recalled a higher number of details external to the main event (i.e. details that were not specific in time, or were repetitions or editorial statements) compared to passengers who did not have PTSD and to healthy controls. This pattern was observed across all events tested, not just the traumatic event, suggesting that it is not just memory for the trauma itself that is related to PTSD, but rather how a person processes memory for events in general.
“What our findings show is that it is not what happened but to whomit happened that may determine subsequent onset of PTSD,” said Dr. Levine, senior author of the study.
This inability to shut out external or semantic details when recalling personally-experienced memories is related to mental control over memory recall, adding to a growing body of evidence that altered memory processing may be a vulnerability factor for PTSD.
A second study, in preparation for publication, involves functional brain imaging of 10 of the passengers from Air Transat Flight 236. The aim is to illuminate the brain mechanisms associated with exposure to this traumatic event.
“Fitton” is one of my favorite episodes of all, and I’ve probably listened to it more than any other episode. It’s hard to do homage to that. Like every scene is a good scene. The part where Arthur explains his definition of happiness, though…it’s perfect.
A kind soul created this Cabin Pressure Advent calendar to countdown to the release of the finale. There are a convenient number of episodes so that you’d be able to listen to one a day and be prepped and ready to listen to the brand new episode on Christmas. Aside from that, there are prompts and things. AND one of my favorite artists decided to make a drawing per episode, and man, I wanted to do it too. Any excuse to celebrate this program with drawings is good by me.
These two are for the first two days. The match in the first one and the fire extinguisher in the second one are not related, nor is this a show about fires.
8th January 2013-1 day until Cabin Pressure Series 4
Episode 03x06-St. Petersburg
Douglas: “Well on the walk round, though brief, I did notice one small problem with the otherwise entirely air worthy plane.” Martin: “Yes?” Douglas: “It has an Arthur stuck to the side of it.”
Douglas: “How is Arthur?” Carolyn: “Sore lipped and accidentally drunk.” Arthur: “Should just stop being hurting now!”
Arthur: “Here you are, Skip. a nice hot, cup of coffee.” Martin: “Arr…it’s cold.” Arthur: “Nice cup of coffee.” Martin: “It’s horrible.” Arthur: “Cup of coffee.” Martin: “I’m not even sure it is coffee.” Arthur: “Cup.”
Arthur: “It turns out that a really good cure for being drunk is when your on a plane and then an engine explodes and you think your gonna die.”
Douglas: “Arthur, I won’t! Look no one has a higher opinion of me than I do, but even I simply do not have the power to conjure up a quarter of a million pounds from no where.”
Arthur: “Yes, but I keep telling you, you’ll do something clever and it’ll be alright!” Martin: “What’s he like then, Mr Shappey?” Douglas: “I don’t know, I’ve never met him either. What’s he like Arthur?” Arthur: “Oh, he’s…errrr…..he’s errrr……he’s errrr…” Douglas: “Good Lord, Martin I think you’ve broken him.” Arthur: “No,no,no…it’s just he’s errrr….he’s errr….” Douglas: “I think, I think what we may be witnessing here is Arthur attempting to describe something with and adjective other than ‘brilliant’.” Arthur: “Yeah, no, I wouldn’t say he was b-b-, I mean obviously everyone’s b-….no he’s not brilliant…he’s errr….he’s alright.” Martin: “God.” Douglas: “Yes.” Martin: “He must be awful!”
Douglas: “Alas, an exhaustive search of St. Petersburg airport duty free has yet to turn up anything in the shape of a Toblerone.” Arthur: “Triangular.” Douglas: “Yes.” Arthur: “I don’t understand it! I’ve never been to an airport that didn’t have Toblerones. I mean, Ok, sometimes they don’t have the white ones or the black ones, but not even to have the normal ones!”
Carolyn: “And now Gordon. Get of MY JET NOW!”
Arthur: “Did Douglas do something clever and now everything’s fine?” Douglas: “Yes.” Arthur: “There you are then, exactly what I said all along. I wish you lot would listen to me sometimes!”
where was the line "does it have an umlaut" in cp?
Aha! Trick question! It wasn’t. Not in canon, broadcast Cabin Pressure, anyway. It’s from an earlier draft of Vaduz, back when it was a mega long “Vaduzkerty” involving both the ‘Liechtenstein royals’ storyline and the 'stuck in a van with geese’ storyline. That’s the version John Finnemore read/performed with some friends at the Priory Tavern, back in… would it have been 2012? It was the winter before broadcast started on January 9, I remember that much. (Cabin Pressure Countdown ruled my life.)
Differences between that version and the final product included:
• Maxi being, not the King of Liechtenstein, but the more true-to-life prince of its principality (he and Arthur had some great bickering about whether or not being a king was better, including a golden moment where Arthur asks if he at least has a crown. Maxi has to say no, but he does have a “papal hat” or some such thing, to which Arthur, delightedly, scoffs, “I’ve got a hat!”)
• A car breakdown on the way from airportless Liechtenstein to airportful Switzerland. They try pushing the car à la Timbuktu for a bit, but then a friendly Swiss farmer comes by with his truck full of swans - sorry, geese.
• Theresa’s childhood aspiration being a vet, not a pilot. This means that when the goose swallows Martin’s ring, she’s able to explain to him that it’s likely to be stuck somewhere in the goose’s digestive tract or other biology words that I definitely don’t remember from 3+ years ago. I dunno. (In my head, canon Theresa wanted to be a pet-fixing-plane-flying vet-slash-pilot and has an AU spinoff called Vet in a Jet.)
• A lot more Douglas/Theresa banter than we got in the broadcast!! Including a conversation which, back in the day, I posted about here because it was so great, but I’ll put it here too since I’m writing an essay anyway:
(Douglas is on the phone to Theresa, taking the booking to fly them but still not believing she’s who she says she is. Since Maxi’s the crown prince, there’s no “The King and I” opera banter to be had.) DOUGLAS: All right. Can I take your name? THERESA: Princess Theresa of Liechtenstein. DOUGLAS:(sarcastic) Ah. And which bit of that do you suppose goes in the 'surname’ box? Should it be 'of Liechtenstein’? Or perhaps just 'Liechtenstein’? THERESA: My family name is Gustava. Would you like me to spell it? DOUGLAS: No, no, I’m keen to guess. Does it have an umlaut in it? THERESA: No. DOUGLAS: Shame. I think I’ll put one in anyway. And possibly a 'z’.
It was definitely better than my reconstruction, I just know that I loved that whole scene, and “does it have an umlaut” just kind of became my go-to phrase for Douglas/Theresa as a BROTP, because it’s snappy and they were both enjoying their sass-off so much.
Fun fact: when Zurich was broadcast, something felt eerily familiar to me. I realised later that it was the fact that Theresa ended up in the back of Arthur’s ice cream van! It’s like John Finnemore finally got to live out his dream of putting a princess of Liechtenstein in the back of a van. He had to postpone it from February 2013 to December 2014, but he got there. And if he can do it, you can too! It’s Benji the Olympic tricyclist all over again.