dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Mr Richards Buys Someone Else's Dream House: Phil's exit strategy.

As has been noted before, Lynn has been transfixed by the notion that she has too many characters running around her strip because her idol was really into minimalism. Not only did this mean that the Nichols family and Connie's stepdaughters had to take a hike, it meant that Lynn had decided Phil was redundant not only because Alan was being unreasonable about their mother, she already had Mike and Elizabeth around to do the sibling rivalry routine anyway so, aside from a story arc about having to divide their parents' belongings after they'd passed, he wasn't needed.

The reason that I mention this is that after the set piece in which the Pattersons look through a photo album, most of this summer and pretty much the early part of autumn are taken up by Georgia prevailing upon Phil to take the next step in becoming a member of Geezer Nation: buying a house instead of renting. We had the standard ranting from him about the simple life he claimed to be giving up and the standard Acting Like A Guy and bumming a pick-up truck off of some jerk because he wanted to go broke and get into a spat he didn't need saving money because of the guy's love of fool's economies and so on and so forth. The next time he figures in the story is a few years after April was born dealing with some old duffer so scared of mythic gangs of the wrong sort swooping down from that neighbourhood to ransack his balloon-frame castle that he kept a series of stupid dogs tied outside all night long to go crazy and bark moronically at everything that moves. After that, he's stated to live five hours away so that Elly can behave as if a drive that long is akin to undergoing the Bataan Death March. By the time Anthony is giving Howard Erk the purple nurple, people would be forgiven for assuming that Elly is an only child....which, I should think, is another example of wish fulfillment on Lynn's part.
Tags: freefloating commentary, phil: bee and bop king

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