dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On wasting perfectly good characters: Molly, Gayle and April

What a lot of people who follow the strip kind of don't remember because we were too busy watching Mike be a lousy boyfriend and Elly angsting because she was doomed to diaper pails and kindergarten at forty is that at some point between 3 November 1988 and 9 March 1993, Connie's step-daughters went from "being mentioned off camera" to "moving away from Milborough because reasons". This, of course, is owing to Lynn's belief that she had too many characters anyway....by which she seems to mean "she can't spend too much time not focused on the Pattersons' doings."

The reason that I mention this is that Lynn's shortcomings meant that she had to create a new character in order to implement the standard sitcom plot "adolescent child chafes under the rule of someone else's slightly older daughter" when Liz aims a fire extinguisher at one of John's employees six years from now. If she'd kept one of the Thomas girls around instead, we could have had wacky sitcom hijinx much earlier.
Tags: lynn: failed creator, molly and gayle

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