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The irritating thing about having Mike and Lizzie's banishment from the house because Elly is too stupid, emotionally distant and gutless to play referee is having to remember that Lizzie is more excited about going to camp than he is. While she's thrilled by the prospect of going to a camp without having to deal with John and Elly's bullshit about respect and entitlement and so on and so forth, Mike goes into it with the same bad attitude about doing what they tell him to he always has. The problem is that neither of his dimwit parents have any idea why that is or especially want to.

This is because that mutton-headed dolt Elly would have to do something she does not especially care to do: admit that what she says to her children matters. Elly wants to live in a world where her mistakes don't mean anything because children are resilient. She thinks that she should have been able to smack him around because he bothered her while she was being an inept and angry seamstress and he wouldn't grow up to resent her. She thinks that she should have stood around screaming to his face about what a bad child he is and it would just wash off his back. She thinks that she should have played favourites as shamelessly as she did and he'd not feel like the house was a prison and he'd been convicted of not being Lizzie. His resentment fed into her anger which led to his being more resentful and so on and so forth. Since she's not very bright, she's probably telling him to be a smarter parent than she could ever care to be and since he's desperate for any sign that she cared at all, he's dumb enough to listen.
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As we know, we're about, oh, five years or so from Elly wailing idiotically about how screwed up and wrong Liz is to want to fit in with the crowd and thus reject all the love in her poor mother's great big heart or what the Hell ever stupid excuse ferblondzhet idiot Elly loves to use for making a point of not seeing why it matters to Liz that she not stand out like a dog's prick. We're also about a month away from Elly planning to totally murder Mike's ass for being sweet-talked into sticking his head in the hole in the wall of the girl's shower. In both cases, Elly makes a point of not understanding what peer pressure is and why children fall for it.

While there is the element of Elly's angry refusal to admit that she can't possibly expect to be the only person her children listen to in this world to be considered, we can't really blame it all on her being a sullen wing-nut who thinks that being just one voice that her children can choose to listen to is part of a plot to totally silence and discredit her because of her stupid love of the idea of being a misunderstood and unappreciated martyr. We must also remember that much like her evolutionary replacement Valerie Stone (and the idiot husband she has), she's convinced herself that the problems she had as a teenager disappeared from teen-aged life forever the second she turned twenty. Since she no longer has to deal with the dangerous body language brigade, her children are telling her an absurd lie about how that's still a problem. Since she isn't stopped in the hallway to be ranked out by the popular girls, peer pressure no longer exists. This means that no, John shouldn't have bought Liz new clothes just to fit in and feel better and yes, Mike should get his teeth kicked in because he wanted fit in and get the guys to like him.
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Since Lynn's muse is quite obviously network television, it seems fairly obvious what Gordon was originally supposed to be: the troublemaker friend who guided poor, dumb innocent Mike into mischief. From dragging him to poorly-researched arcades to convincing him to risk arrest and-or just plain getting shot down in the streets by the police for defying society by wearing a punk rocker costume to blowing up spiders in a microwave, he's Lynn's vision of the Professional Bad Influence. The reason that I mention this is that why he's this says a lot about how Lynn is. To explain why I say this, I'd like to talk about who he's supposed to be: Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver.

As we know, Eddie buttered up any adult in sight shamelessly before dropping Wally and The Beaver right into a mess. What we fail to realize is that while their other saboteur friends were far more destructive than he was, Ward and June hated him like fire while letting the others off with a "get our sons into a mess free" card because only Standards And Practices kept them from saying "Our asses are for sitting, not kissing." It's his transparent phoniness that made him The Bad Friend because the show runners hated his being a blatant fraud. The funny thing about that is that the show-runners also took special care to remind us that Ward and June weren't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Ward could be too hasty and June was clearly too damned worried about what the neighbours might think about the daffier trends their kids adopted to really be effective sometimes. These were presented as flaws that hampered their efficiency in dealing with a younger son who never seemed to bother learning from history.

This distinguishes them from Elly and her claims of perfection. Since Elly is now The Best Mother Ever trying to get the Worst Kids Ever into shape, it stands to reason that she be hampered in her quest by an example of Uncaring Parenting. Gord's parents don't love him enough to scream at him all the time about trivialities, deny him reasonable demands out of spite and also to save face, fret endlessly about things she doesn't understand or like, be a brick wall of judgmental malice when he needs encouragement or sympathy and to dismiss his emotional concerns because nothing that happens when a child matters. Yes, since their parenting lacks the perfect absence of actual parenting, he's clearly a demon spawn come to tempt Elly's son away from fealty to someone who works tirelessly against his best interests.
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As we know, we’re about to enter the period in which John and Elly soil thmeselves in terror when confronted with the amazingly easy to control not-really-a-menace-as-such teenagers that they’re completely fucking up raising. The evidence of my eyes suggests that aside from changing his opinion about girls, Mike is still the same goofball who makes his own rules because his parents never bothered setting them but John is all about the bad attitude the kid has. Years ago, I mde an asinine comment about how April’s becoming one of “THEM!!” meant that she too pointed  at the Pattermanse and made the PU gesture when contemplating the stupidity that went on therein. It would seem that I was closer that i know to the truth.

This is because when John growls about bad attitudes and Elly panicks about dangerous body language and information, what we’re looking at is a pair of whimpering,weak-as-water simpletons who regard the simple and harmless fact that they are not going to be the only influences on their kids as a personal attack. Watching that nincompoop Elly cry bitter tears about how Lizzie was totally rejecting her poor mother when she seeks out someone else’s advice gave the game away. Oh, Elly and John can dress it up all they want but they’re just two dimbrained boomers who wanna be the bride at every funeral and the corpse at every wedding.

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The irritating thing about the on-going battle to get Mike to muck out his bedroom is that John and Elly don't actually really enforce the punishment they imposed on him. As we saw, Michael only gets his allowance when he picks stuff up. This is a good start but, sadly, there are two flaws to their scheme. The first flaw is that they don't quite go far enough and didn't forbid him from going to the local shops even if he were to somehow earn the money to buy things. That would have been the first thing my parents did in that instance and their inability to simply bar him from buying stuff and make that stick seems like a damaging oversight.

The second is sort of wrapped up in the first and has to do with stopping him from earning money in another way. It shouldn't have come as a surprise to them that he'd try to bum money off of Lizzie because it's obvious that he thinks that the only thing stopping him from buying a Goo Bar is not having enough cash because that's the only thing stopping him from doing so. If he knew that he'd get into trouble for pawning Teddy or going to the store, he might actually pick stuff up but their penalty is weak and he learned nothing.
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Now, as I explained about a week or so ago, most of what drives Elly crazy when Lizzie loses her tooth is her making the same stupid mistake she always makes when her children do something inconvenient and dumb. Lynn and Elly foreshadow why Elly thinks dark thoughts about frightened, confused and heartsick children who don’t realize why Mommy is so damned angry all the time when she warns Lizzie not to make it too tough on the tooth fairy only to have Liz insist that yes, she is going to be the child who can confirm the figure’s existence.

As I said before, Elly thought that Lizzie knows that the tooth fairy is fake and simply wants to catch Mommy putting a quarter under her pillow to make life worse for everyone because she has the damnedest time realizing that her children haven’t figured out what is and isn’t real yet. (It should also be noted that she believes that her children realize that they’re shorter than what a normal person should be for the same damned reason.) This means that instead of reassuring an unhappy child who thinks that she’s pissed off the Tooth Fairy, the angry dumbass insists on wanting to belt the poor little girl because the alternative is admitting that she can’t race around assuming that her children are simply extensions of herself but are really people in their own right. Also, it should be noted that her whining about how Lizzie should not grow so fast because she can’t keep up is not only self-serving, it’s sort of stupid because anyone with a brain would realize that Elly was sending out frantic “I’m the tooth fairy” signals that she’s lucky Lizzie didn’t pick up on.

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The interesting thing about the month of March 1988 is that it's dominated by Lizzie losing one of her baby teeth. We have the usual stupid hijinks from Mike, the predictable conclusion in which Elly wishes that her children would stop all of this aging nonsense until she's ready to deal with them and, of course, Lizzie doing something stupid that makes Elly's life a bit harder than it would otherwise be. Said dumb thing is swallowing her tooth by mistake because she wants to actually meet the tooth fairy despite Elly's trying really hard to get her to do things normally so that sh....the tooth fairy doesn't want to go on a bloody expedition.

This leads to a repetition of an old theme: Elly and John never seem to want to admit to themselves that the accident-prone dullards they raise aren't doing all the stupid things they do on purpose. Just as next year, we will be reminded that Elly can't understand that her unfailing habit of yelling at her children for messing up and never offering anything like reassurance is why Lizzie is afraid of her, the deluded donkey wants to think terrible things about small children because she's a child herself really. It's not that Lizzie is a little kid doing a dumb thing for a little kid reason; it's that Lizzie is an evil monster who hates her pooooooooor mother and wants to make her life hard because otherwise, Mommy is making her life worse by being pointlessly upset like her evil mommy says.
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While this current arc might look as if it's the last one in which Mike's career in peewee hockey might be important, the fact is that the last big hockey arc doesn't even feature him hitting the ice. This is because his having the attribute of hockey player is used as fodder for an arc in which Elly can't say no to a call to public action because of an overweening need to impress people. Between then and now, though, there is one strip that shines a harsh light on a mother who does something she'd rather not do accidentally revealing what she really thinks of having to be there for her kids.

Said strip has Elly cheerfully tell a vaguely disappointed Michael that the reason she's looking forward to that night's game is that it's the last one of the season. Mike likes the idea of playing hockey and he'd like it if she liked it too because it would mean that she liked him too but she's not smart or nice enough a person to see this. All she can do is play that stupid zero-sum game that makes his interests an attack on her person and remind him of this every chance she can. The end result is a person who makes a lot of noise about being physically present but misses the point of being there.
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To continue on from yesterday, it's probably the case that April is also the victim of people thinking that they're in a television show and guessing wrong as to what part people play. For reasons that escape me, it appears that Elly clearly seems to have convinced herself that her children make up "stories" to get "innocent" people in trouble and also to ruin her life by making her put aside her "important work" so as to "waste" her "valuable time" being someone "futile and useless" called an active parent engaged in her children's lives. Given her clear belief that April "decided" to be born in order to derail her "career", Ol'Picky Face gets the worst of this tendency.

After all, you can't contemplate her failure to understand the severity of the Jeremy Jones issue without coming to the conclusion that Elly clearly seems to have believed that April was exaggerating the whole thing to make herself look good or some such nonsense. We saw a little girl getting creamed by a thug who needed to be put in a damned cage and forgotten. Elly saw a child making up stories to get someone in trouble because she was too mean and picky to make friends. Things only got worse when Elly tricked herself into believing that a fraudster pretending that she liked and respected her was really a girl who just needed a friend; this is because she doubled down on not really believing April's side of the story. Five bucks says she still thinks that April is somehow to blame for Kortney's being a lying thief because the alternative is the painful and cruel admission that she hasn't the blindest idea of what's going on around her.
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Of course, the irritating thing about the whole Avocado Head Michael arc is not that we end up with him winding up getting the flu somehow and Needing His Mommy after all. We know going in that Michael is going to be quite unmanned when Elly finally passes on because he can't quite function without her in the background. It isn't that Elly is irritated as all Hell because his pathetic dependence on her disproves her other panicky assumption about his wanting to kill her and kick the dirt into her grave wrong. What's really irritating is that we have to deal with the fact that once again, the whole damned thing could have been prevented had Elly had a lick of common sense and also had a how-to book laid on just in case of offspring stupidity.

First off, it's rather hard to sympathize with someone who had to be told after the fact that Mike had used food coloring to get his face the desired shade of green because she's too stupid to be able to tell the difference between it and makeup. As Robert Reed would have said when he deconstructed the stupider episodes of The Brady Bunch, Elly has the option of either being a congenital idiot, being blind drunk or needing eyeglasses. What's more, she used soap and water and just gave up because it never occurred to her to either read the notes on how to clean the stuff off that come with the package of food dye or consult a guidebook on how to remove the stuff. White vinegar and baking soda applied to Mike's face would have shifted the dye and kept him from getting sick using a dirty school soap dispenser but she insists on not learning that because we put vinegar on fries, not on faces.

In short, we have a typical Sudden Unintelligence Incident from the master of spineless idiot martyrdom and pea-brained sloth. We'll have another one later in the year when it still doesn't occur to her that people aren't going to want to help her out if she can't manage to be grateful despite their not doing it her mother's way.
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One of the odder things about April is that unlike hockey player Mike and figure skater Liz, she didn't have any sort of real extracurricular activities to put on her application for university. Aside from that damned garage band, she had no after school activities because her idiot mother made her report in to that damned book store because once again, panicky moron Elly assumes that "kid in house alone = total destruction" because she simply cannot bring herself to trust her kids. While Mike was the idiot who did come up with the idea, it's probably one Elly would have come up with on her own anyhow.

This is because it's highly likely that the reason putting April to work was so damned easy is that Jim and Marian did that to Elly as a teenager. We have in Marian a parent who probably assumed that learning good work habits would be better for Elly than 'gadding about and getting into mischief' (that's limey half-wit for 'developing social skills') and in Jim yet another male with a family farm complex who dreamed futile dreams of keeping his business in the family. It would have made a lot of sense to both of them to keep Elly from 'doing herself harm' (which means 'finally figuring out how to decipher blazingly obvious social cues') by volunteering her. The end result of the stolen adolescence is what we see now: a frustrated moron who doesn't understand what's going on around her and who makes pious noise about hostile strangers and body language because her Depression kid parents perpetrated the dick move called "grand theft functioning in society."
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What you and I and Michael know is that neither the MacRae or Blum family trusted him especially much and tried their damnedest to keep their daughters from too close contact with that goofola the crazy woman with the dog thought she was raising. While he play-acted like he was a lot closer to scandalize Elly, most of the time, stolen moments was pretty much all he got. He never got close to enough time with either longed-for one even by a grown man's standards. The problem is that just as Elly will insist to her dying day that in between husbands, Connie's sad, empty existence of lonely nights and unquiet desperation was a letter to Penthouse, she'll go to her reward convinced that only her vigilance kept her son on the straight and narrow. This is the ninth Foob Fact and is best expressed as:

Fact: Elly's delusion that she's the only person on the planet not engaged in what Alan Moore calls 'donkey bonking' is an unwarranted and unnecessary complication that has the effect of prematurely destroying relationships that would have collapsed on their own less painfully.

Of course, keeping him from 'hurting himself' is not the only thing she's trying to protect him from. We also have to contend with the fact that just as Paul was made of snow and would melt, Rhetta was clearly The Wrong Sort because she would have kept Mike from pursuing the destiny Elly picked out for him. We sort of got a hint of this really meant when she wanted him to write about Farley's death. That would have been a terrible thing because it would have led to a terrible conclusion of hurting Elly and revealing her to be the same oblivious moron parent she was in 1979. Since Rhetta and Martha thought of Elly as being a person instead of a role model, let's just declare a tenth Foob Fact right here and now:

Fact: Her untoward prurience is a smoke-screen because she's really afraid that a love interest might get in the way of her owning Mike's horses.
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The thing about the end-game for Thelma is that it's something we've all seen before by now. Everyone has encountered an older person who, up until a certain point, was the picture of vigor only to have a sudden decline after a certain point. Thelma's decline was simply a lot quicker than most. The problem is that this is going to be Lizzie's first time dealing with someone's death. She was just talking to this person a little while ago and for reasons she can't explain, she just died. A little while later, this Ed fellow also passed away and she was just talking to him to. A few years later, she'll be visiting Marian only to have her get really sick and then just die on her too. Since human beings are built to see patterns in events, Liz is going to be looking for a common factor and finding it staring back at her in the mirror.

While this is a silly but typical thing for someone looking for an answer to think, we can't look to the Pattersons to help. This is because Elly is total crap at explaining anything to children. Either she goes off on a confusing tangent that answers no questions or somehow gets angry at the person for no clear reason or she tries to duck the issue because it scares her; what she's not going to do is actually reassure her children. This probably means that Liz, while not consciously aware of it, has it in the back of her head that if she visits an old person, that person will die within days. Picky-faced Martians see a ditz who turns her nose up at the smell. We see another victim of Elly's cowardice and stupidity.
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The irritating thing about having to watch Elly make a morose jerk of herself whining about the folly of having to participate in a silly game that is a waste of time because they don't let her win or bend over awkward to accommodate her that we have to remember that she is the first off the mark whining "How do you know if you like something if you never try it?" when her children express distaste for a food-stuff or activity. Mike is not allowed to not like mushrooms or brussel sprouts and no one is allowed to not like having to write thank-you letters to relatives.

The reason this is irritating is that Elly insists that nothing will change her mind about silly bingo or beeping machines. She is somehow magically immunized from having to lower herself to something not to her tastes and she is supposedly hardened against having to learn that she's wrong about anything because there seems to be one rule for her and one for everyone else.

The irritation is compounded by having to remember that commenting on the dichotomy will result in an angry explosion at someone who is clearly trying to destroy and humiliate her or frighten her to death or some other debating tactic of someone who fears admitting that she doesn't actually know what she's talking about. What seems to be happening is that Elly would rather stomp around and claim to be right than actually be right.
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Remember how I keep harping on about the nit-witted racism that accompanies all the breezy bullshit about how Pablo Could Not Survive The Canadian Winter or how Paul Wright Is Made Of Snow And Will Melt? Well, if Lynn's stupid travelogues didn't get you to realize that Patterson means paternalistic moron who doesn't own his or her own knee-jerk racism, Elly's insistence on thinking of Mtigwaki as being a set piece from Nat Geo instead of a real community is going to seal the deal. As I've said in the past, we're dealing with an unreflective mind who accepts the pompous bloviation of her Social Studies textbooks as gospel owing to her growing up stupid under the Red Ensign.

This would be bad enough were it not for the fact that Liz's reaction to having her nose rubbed into a steaming pile of the reality that Paul simply wasn't able to transfer on a whim and that he ended up falling hard for someone with brains, class and honesty was to witlessly declare that her imbecile mother was right about the dusky heathens and their strange and hostile ways. To admit that she'd randomly damned good people because she couldn't take too much objective reality owing to the substance showing her to be a clingy, unrealistic and jealous cow with a distinct absence of morals and empathy would be implausible so we get shit about beaus and arrows from an empty-headed bitch who's probably in the process of brainlessly alienating her step-daughter because she's from the other solitude.
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As you know, Elly has severe difficulty understanding the viewpoint of the people around her. I've spent damned near ten years commenting on the fact that she gets confused and angered when having to deal with the idea that people either have experienced things she has not or have not experienced things she has. She doesn't seem to want to understand that merely because she sees time as zipping by before she can even begin to catch up, it doesn't mean that her children are trying to trick her when they see time as dragging on forever. The sort of indignant squawking about how her kids must be lying because time hasn't dragged on like slow torture since she was six or so and they know it because it also zips by far too quickly for them is indicative of what it is that keeps her from being able to communicate with other people. Since she always assumes that her immediate perspective is the only valid one and that no one is capable of experiencing anything in any sort of different way, the deluded boomer numbskull almost always makes an ass of herself when she talks to kids.

This is, of course, owing to her charming tendency to not understand the odd concepts called 'etiquette' or 'reality' when doing so gets in the way of her feeling right. A normal person would know to not take sides in a break-up (especially when it's forced) because she doesn't have all the facts at hand. St Elli, Guardian Spirit Of Being A Blundering Ass doesn't see that as being a good thing because she thinks every messed-up relationship is her own screwed-up dalliance with a succession of boys who either saw her as a clingy and pathetic joke or, due to her volatile personality and her veteran dad with a low tolerance for hippies, as a threat to their person. Since being rejected by someone is the only way she's ever been on the other side of a break-up, she assumes that this boy has cruelly dumped her.

She also assumes something manifestly not the case when she tells herself that she's doing a good thing telling her to flush this boy because she's certain that she would have wanted someone like her to come along and tell her the same thing back then. This sort of nonsense is why there is the phrase 'not even wrong.' We don't know much about her past other than maundering about tear-stained pillows when the longed-for ones wound up in the clutches of the dangerous body language squadron but we do know that she probably still resents her mother for making the same sort of dismissive cheering-up she's pulling now and we know that no girl in Molly's position is going to go "Gee! You're right! I should simply go on with my life because he isn't the be-all and end-all of existence! I apologize to everyone for having inconvenient feelings and will now join the pep squad!" because that's not how they roll. To assume otherwise because it would make life easier is to deliberately misunderstand a fundamental fact and be not even wrong.
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Now that we're dealing with Phil and Georgia's wedding, let's remind ourselves of a fact that the Pattersons don't like to face: Lizzie is a mildly ditzy six year old who doesn't really understand what's going on because, well, she's six and they, like, don't know a lot about the world around them yet. They aren't born knowing what flower girls are or why people deliver embarrassing speeches or anything like that and expecting them to behave like middle-aged ladies like Elly is kind of stupid and unfair and reacting as if they're yelling HAIL SATAN when they do act like kids is an unproductive waste of time that makes the over-reacting fool look like an idiot who wasted her life being pointlessly upset.

Since the easiest way of saying that mouthful IS "Elly Patterson," it should be noted that when Lizzie does act like a small child and wonders when she can eat cake instead of standing around getting bored waiting for the photographer to tell her when she can move is a traumatic horror on par with they mistakenly assume to be Lizzie's clear hope that her uncle and aunt's marriage will collapse in heartbreak and failure because none of the saps explained what 'forsaking all others' means.

The reason I do like this arc is that it helps to remind us that Elly's witless failure to understand what children are thinking and what they do or do not know is genetic. Her parents haven't a God-damned clue between them when it comes to understanding offsprings and small ones either so their brainless bafflement is passed down to cripple her as a mother. Always and ever, we have an adult making a point of not understanding what a child wants or thinks and the results are always sordidly stupid.
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For those of you out there in Televisionland who notice that Molly Thomas's 'type' seems to be 'aging seventies rocker', I'd like to point out that since she's sixteeen, Molly probably hasn't been around long enough to spot a pick-up artist who doesn't see her in the same light she sees him. We see an eighties version of Jeffo exploiting a vulnerable, confused kid who so desperately wants to see a person who cares that she'll angrily defend someone who sees her as points in Doctor Ted's 'game'.

The problem that I see is that the last people in the world capable or worthy of teaching her this are Connie and Elly. As I've said before, Elly remembers her teenaged years slightly more clearly than John does his but tends to draw the wrong lessons from them. What's more, she still has that annoying habit of not seeing any perspective not immediately her own and is thus baffled when Molly doesn't act like a blase thirty-five year old casually flushing a non-productive relationship. This means that she's going to witlessly alienate someone she's trying to help and leave her with the impression that she's a mean old witch who hates love.

To make things worse, we have to contend with Connie's being a God-damned hypocrite when she bleats that Molly is too young to know what love is. This is because the only reason she moved to Thunder Bay and back is that she couldn't BEAR the humiliation of seeing two flushable drones she could do without with other women so it's hard to sympathize with her when she says that. Factor in the rest of her screwiness and her default belief that Molly is only pretending to have feelings to hurt her and make her feel bad and it's not hard to see why the girl with the rat tail would sooner chill with Genghis Khan than her.
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To really wrap the whole Peeping Mike arc up with a bow, it's sort of obvious that Lynn seems to have overlooked certain problems. The most gnawing ommission would have to be that we're dealing with the boys misusing a summer night getting into one kind of trouble while neglecting the other kind of trouble they should be in. They should actually be in trouble for breaking curfew because it's gotta be eleven at night or so when Molly puts the arm on Mike and that's gotta mean that parents are going to be wandering around looking for children instead of doing what Elly would do: telling the guy on the PSA who points out that it's ten and asking if she knows where her kids are "For the last time...NO!!!" because keeping track of kids is haaaaaarrrrd and she hates it.

Oh, curfews are great if you want to make stupid comments about how much smarter you are than teenagers or if you want to keep them from doing things you hate but if it's just kids messing about, Elly doesn't want to be bothered doing a bed check because she's not some sort of slave. The problem is that she ends up becoming the goat of a British "Where the Hell is YOUR kid, genius?" shame-fest of a public information film that has oblivious parents not know what their hoodlum son is up to and blame them for his getting slapped with an anti-social behaviour order. Her idiocy almost makes John's screaming about Mike taking his BABY look reasonable and intelligent.
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While I believe that I've made this clear before, I'd like to remind you of the really stupid moral lesson of this idiotic arc. The really stupid moral lesson of this idiotic arc is NOT that Mike's take-away from having to be punished for being a perverted little skeeze is "don't get caught" because that's the lesson all Pattersons take away from things. The really stupid moral lesson is that the victim of this offense is not the young girl who's probably being told by her idiot father and shrill moron step-mother that she somehow provoked Mike. The real victim of this is the victim of all victims surpassing all others before her and after her: Elly.

After all, it's not about the trivial fact that some girl with dangerous body language had her privacy invaded by a preposterous little freak. It's about the fact that a busy mother with nooooooo help and nooooo time to herself has to supervise the skittering little mutant instead of being able to ignore what her children do because of her witless belief that if she isn't thinking about them, they aren't doing anything. Time and again, this idiotic idea is proven to be ridiculously wrong and time and again, we are asked to weep bitter, angry tears because she's horrified and confused by the eminently predictable.

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