dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On simple solutions and why they're rejected.

Lynn might not realize it but her silly little throw-away mini-arc about how Liz gets pissed off because Mike takes too long doing his hair actually reveals something important about the family: the fact that they never implement very simple solutions to non-problems. They always seem to escalate a minor irritant into a great big thing that has people running around in circles and screaming in rage and yapping about bad attitudes and how they hate all the love in Elly's great big heart and so on and so forth.

In this instance, the very simple solution to putting a small mirror in Michael's room so that he can do his hair and free up the bathroom so that Elizabeth can use it would never occur to them for a very simple reason: no one wants to solve the problem. Mike wants to hog the can so he can remind Liz that she chose to be born and ruin his life, Liz wants something to scream about and Elly wants to not care about what her children do. It's like how not serving too damned much of things they hate is not going to happen because Elly likes the idea of being in pain all the damned time. To solve problems means that pain and upset and acrimony go away and no one wants that.
Tags: elly versus common sense

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