dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

"What we have here is a failure to communicate in the approved way."

As you know, the next week is the first one in which Elly starts squawking about the world coming to an end because the children type up their thank-you letters to the relatives on the computer instead of doing them in longhand. Always and ever, she takes it far too personally that the way she wants people to communicate is being set aside because she sees having to sit behind the Scary Machine that makes her scared means to her that she as a person is being rejected. It is thus akin to how not appreciating her slop or her costume choices means an absolute rejection of her as a person. When you add that in the accompanying dreads of being obsolete and useless, her need to emulate what she thinks her mother is doing and her general lack of patience, it's easy to picture a 2018 that still has Elly being frustrated by those gizmos.

The reason that I mention this is that Mike is very much Elly's son and proved it three months ago when he decided that Martha was actually really making a fool of him all along because she failed to follow a school note protocol so stupid, it would be laughed at for being unworkable, unfair and needlessly punitive by a select committee of mean girls from the live action sitcoms broadcast on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. The idea seems to be that if he cannot force her to adopt his preferred means of communication, she's not a good person. The problem is that no one can quite manage to get him to see that he's doing to Martha what his mom is doing to him because he doesn't like admitting how much they have in common. This means that the Mike of 2018 is probably standing around looking like he's about to be neutered by a chain saw because Meredith is telling him that he still sees communication as fingers on a keyboard.
Tags: mike versus admitting he's like elly
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