dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

An embarrassment of being stupid and lacking in self-awareness.

What escapes most people's attention is that if Mike didn't try to make a big, stupid and pointless secret of his relationship with Martha, Elly's imagination wouldn't have run away with her to Crazy Town. His insistence in keeping her totally in the dark for a very stupid reason is why she imputes malicious and destructive intent to this girl because she doesn't realize why it is that Mike says nothing if he can help it. The idea seems to be that keeping things quiet is Martha's idea and she is thus a threat. What Elly never quite manages to realize is that Mike lives in dread of Mom barging in on a tender moment and being her big, stupid and embarrassing Mom self and humiliating him and getting him dumped.

The problem is that most of the things that Mike thinks are a total embarrassment that will destroy him socially aren't and that the only reason people like Gordon or Lawrence might hold things that they can't care about like old buildings or someone's mother singing in public before they were born over his head is that they know that these meaningless things mean something to this easily excitable boy with the inflated self-image. Comparing Elly's blunders (which generally involve her shooting off her big mouth) with his calamities is like comparing a slap on the wrist with having your eyes gouged out with a pointy stick but you can't tell Dorko The Living Clusterfuck that.
Tags: mike patterson: universal idiot

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