dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The babysitter who needs battering very badly

We're coming up to the first of two arcs in which Mike is forced to sit for the hellions next door. While much is made of the fact that Anne and Steve's kids are hard to handle and take a grim delight in antagonizing Mike, nothing is learned except for the fact that no matter what payment is made to those forced to tend children, it can never be enough. We get the same stupid anti-child message when April sits for other people's kids because we aren't going to get a moral that might actually help Elly.

Said moral is to have a much younger Michael realize that he was no more of a joy to be around as a younger child than the Nichols kids are. We cannot have Mike think dangerous thoughts about how Elly is a person in her own right and deserves respect before the age of twenty because that would mean not pandering to the target demographic by offering up an appreciative, grateful child who does not deserve to be thrown off an overpass so that We Moms can laugh at his shattered carcass and laugh all the way to federal custody.
Tags: mike patterson: universal idiot

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