Of course, the interesting thing about all of this talking about whether Elly can go right on angrily shoving her children's stuff into garbage bags and packing them away to farms to be lectured to about being entitled by their bearded hippie idiot uncle and snotty imbecile cousin because she's too fragile to cope with them as long as she whines that it makes her feel bad is that we should have been doing all of it last year. This is because Lynn should have followed up the Strip of Destiny with the one from 1 September 1980 and just gone on from there so that the dates would line up better.
The effect that this would have is that if she'd done that, we'd be talking about Connie's moving to Thunder Bay right now. As we all know, the proximate cause of all of this is that when Connie had dared to want to have some sort of stability in her life
, gutless arsebucket Ted had yet again started to feel 'stifled' and 'tied down' when asked to stop behaving as if he were fifteen and a bit. What seemed to make things worse is that Phil "Plan B" Richards
was engaged to Georgia Nolastnamegiven which left Connie feeling as if she had no alternative but to leave a town
that she saw as little more than a box full of bad memories.
The interesting thing is not that Connie was depicted as someone who felt so humiliated by not finding any sort of good man in a town that was filled with places where all her hopes seemed to gutter out and die. It wasn't that Lawrence had been kept in the dark
as long as possible lest he whine his way
into forcing Connie to stay in Milborough and be constantly defeated by Ted and Phil. It also wasn't about how Lawrence had to be yanked out
of the only home he'd ever known because his mother wanted to go somewhere where nobody knew her name (and thus wouldn't laugh behind her back) or even how Mike had to just up and accept
the loss of his best friend for no reason he could fathom.
The interesting thing about Connie pulling up stakes because she's stupid enough to think people actually give two shits about her love life so that she can wind up being a deluded idiot so happy to have stability to realize that she's married a monstrous jackass is that the real victim, the one suffering more than anyone else, the person who we must pity to the exclusion of all others, the one whose pain eclipses that of those around her and thus makes said pain irrelevant is, of course, Elly herself
. It's not about Connie making yet another hasty, stupid decision or Lawrence being uprooted or Mike being bereaved of a sidekick; all of those things are shadowy nothings compared to the fact that Elly only has one person to gossip with and said person is stupid old Annie
. Oh, Annie is someone Elly doesn't mind exploiting when she needs a sitter but since she has no higher ambition in life than to pop out kids, do laundry and cater to a lying, philandering ass who treats her like his slave, she's just not good enough to be a real friend. Since evil, selfish, conflict-causing men like Phil and Ted have left Elly alone in the world and deprived her of someone who can agree with her that it's hard to be a career woman because husbands and children want to hold you back, she's the only real casualty here and don't you forget it!!