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Mrs. Bridges (Character)
from "Upstairs, Downstairs" (1971)

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"Upstairs, Downstairs: Magic Casements (#1.7)" (1972)
Mrs. Bridges: Love can make a woman uncommon devious in her ways.

Mrs. Bridges: She's almost old enough to be his mother.
Roberts: Passion strikes where it pleases.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: News from the Front (#4.2)" (1974)
Mrs. Bridges: You mustn't mind Mr. Hudson, Edward. He doesn't mean it.

Mrs. Bridges: [to Edward] Livery! You'll wear the King's uniform, my boy, and if them upstairs isn't proud if you, I'll eat it.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Such a Lovely Man (#5.8)" (1975)
Mrs. Bridges: [to Hudson about Ruby] She looks like the cat that got at the cream.

Mrs. Bridges: I don't know, we're all behind like the donkey's tail.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: A Voice from the Past (#1.10)" (1972)
Mrs. Kate Bridges, cook: Doris, you can leave all that now and get back into the kitchen. They'll be wanting their sandwiches after all that charity.

Edward: Sorry, Mrs. B, I thought you were asleep.
Mrs. Kate Bridges, cook: A good cook never sleeps.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Wanted - a Good Home (#5.5)" (1975)
Ruby: [about Bert] Well, he do look comic in those clothes.
Mrs. Bridges: [miffed] Comic! Do try lookin' at yourself in the mirror lately?

"Upstairs, Downstairs: A Family Secret (#3.4)" (1973)
Mrs. Bridges: She's right, you know. Things isn't what they was.
Hudson: "Aren't what they was", if you please, Mrs. Bridges.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Peace out of Pain (#4.13)" (1974)
Mrs. Bridges: [Dressed in her best] I'm here, Mrs. Bridges.
Mrs. Bridges: [Sarcastically] Well, I must say, if the Germans had seen you lookin' like that, Ruby, they would have surrendered weeks ago.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Missing Believed Killed (#4.11)" (1974)
Mrs. Bridges: [to Hazel about James] One thing you must be happy about, Madam. The war's over for him.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: The Wages of Sin (#2.12)" (1973)
Mrs. Bridges: [to Sarah] You're talking to me and Mr. Hudson. You don't get babies by smelling the flowers.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: A Family Gathering (#2.13)" (1973)
Roberts: [Speaking of Karekin] Put a turban on his head, and he'd be right out of the Arabian Nights.
Mrs. Bridges: [laughs] That's right - Arabian - one of them Eastern potentates with a different wife in every port.
Hudson: I think you'll find out Mr. Kerekin is Armenian. Mrs. Bridges, not Arabian.
Mrs. Bridges: Oh, well, it's all the same. All coffee-colored, oily hair, amd rings on their fingers.
Rose: ...and bells on their toes.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Desirous of Change (#3.6)" (1973)
Mrs. Bridges: [to Ruby] ... I'm goin' to use cheddar. That Parmesan has a nasty foreign flavor.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: A Pair of Exiles (#2.2)" (1972)
Mrs. Bridges: Secrets breed secrets and nothing but harm.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Facing Fearful Odds (#4.12)" (1974)
Mrs. Bridges: [to Ruby] One of these days, my girl, that tongue of yours is going to frizzle up and stick to the roof of your mouth.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Guest of Honour (#2.5)" (1972)
Maude Roberts, Lady Bellamy's maid: [regarding Sarah] After all she's done, and the shame she's brought on us all!
Rose Buck, housemaid: What shame has she brought on you, Miss Roberts?
Maude Roberts, Lady Bellamy's maid: She's a stuck-up, lying minx! Huh! Thinks she's better than all of us... puts on airs! Gets Captain James into such trouble that he has to be sent to India. Then she thinks she can walk in here as though nothing has happened!
Mrs. Kate Bridges, cook: We're none of us perfect, Miss Roberts!
Rose Buck, housemaid: Oh have a heart, Miss Roberts, how would you like to be...
Maude Roberts, Lady Bellamy's maid: [furiously] I wouldn't be ever in such a disgusting position in anyone's house!
Edward Barnes, footman: HA HA! I'll bet!
Maude Roberts, Lady Bellamy's maid: How DARE you speak to me like that!

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Alberto (#5.11)" (1975)
Frederick: I've been seein' quite a bit lately of... Lady Dorothy Hale, you see.
Mrs. Bridges: [Shocked] Seeing a bit of her?
Frederick: Seein' all of her if you want to know.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Word of Honour (#3.7)" (1973)
Mrs. Bridges: [speaking of Mr. Bellamy] Things must be bad for him to come in by his own back door.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: The Glorious Dead (#4.8)" (1974)
Mrs. Bridges: [Concerning Daisy's clumsiness] One thing I'll say about Ruby, she may have been slow, but she cleaned things proper.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: All the King's Horses (#5.15)" (1975)
Mrs. Bridges: You're a man, Mr. Hudson. It's hard for a man to understand these things.
Hudson: [Angrily] Well, there are things a man understands, but a woman doesn't and never will!

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Out of the Everywhere (#2.8)" (1972)
Sarah: [condescendingly in reference to Hudson's birth] Bet it was a bit more than an occasion when you arrived, Mr. Hudson.
Mrs. Bridges: We're only born once, Mr. Hudson.
Hudson: I don't recall much of it myself, Mrs. Bridges. I was very young at the time.
[polite laughter]

"Upstairs, Downstairs: An Object of Value (#2.9)" (1972)
Mrs. Bridges: What I want to know is, Rose, why Lady Southwold should want a companion before His Lordship passes on... I mean, widowed it's quite understandable, but before seems a bit suspicious to me.
Rose: In what way suspicious, Mrs. Bridges?
Mrs. Bridges: I don't know, Rose. If I did, it wouldn't be suspicious, would it?

"Upstairs, Downstairs: A Cry for Help (#1.6)" (1971)
Mrs. Bridges: [Admiringly to Emily about a decorated cake] That's half the battle with food... the look of it.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Whither Shall I Wander? (#5.16)" (1975)
[Mr Hudson and Mrs Bridges have just got married in secret and are telling Richard and Virginia Bellamy about it]
Mrs. Kate Bridges - Cook: It didn't take more than a few minutes, my lady, and it was no worse than going to the dentist.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Your Obedient Servant (#2.7)" (1972)
Mrs. Bridges: And now you'll be punished?
Mr. Angus Hudson, Butler: [Softly] Yes.
Mrs. Bridges: That's life. You have to pay for every bit of happiness you have. I sometimes wonder what kind of awful sin we all committed at the beginning.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Whom God hath Joined... (#2.4)" (1972)
Mrs. Bridges: I don't tittle-tattle, Rose. You know me.
Rose: [Sarcastically] Probably haven't gotten around to it yet.

"Upstairs, Downstairs: Noblesse Oblige (#5.14)" (1975)
Georgina Worsley: [after interviewing Mabel] Well?
Mrs. Bridges: She seemed a nice girl.
Georgina Worsley: Oh, not bad at all, but does it matter about her not being experienced?
Mrs. Bridges: [Chuckling] Well, I'd sooner have a clean slate to write on, miss, than to teach an old dog new tricks. I've always said that.