August 19th, 2018

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On knowing the future and its discontents.

As you know, we're in the middle stage of the "Georgia steamrolls Phil into buying her dream home" arc in which we remind ourselves that she has an off-kilter idea of what is useful (namely things she can see herself using) and what is not (everything else). We also start a plot thread that doesn't go anywhere about a pitched battle about remodeling the kitchen in which he is all about how they'll have to have kids in order to make payments on her vision of the true, good and beautiful and she's all about the retrograde idea that since the kitchen is the only way a gal like her can express her individuality, cost is a non-issue.

The reason that I mention this is that all the acrimony, seen and unseen does not actually matter in the long run. In the long run, Lynn decides to put Phil in a different city all together because Alan and Joan had become non-factors in her day to day life. Phil became someone that we had to be reminded of and Georgia's identity went away entirely and the house they used to live in got demolished so that a Costco could be put in its place. This tends to drain the sequence of immediacy when you know what's going to end up happening.
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Mrs Grunion and Super-Teddy

Now the interesting thing about waiting for Lynn to get all defensive because for reasons that elude and anger her, people find her 'super-hilarious' hormone attacks to be repulsive and idiotic is that we're bearing witness to another of her failed attempts at providing Elizabeth with a foil. Her first grade teacher Miss Blais failed outright because, unlike the succession of Teachers Who Are Hard On Mike Because They Recognize His Potential, she simply looked like an inept bully who'd decided at random to pick on Lizzie for no real reason. Proto-Candace Paula failed because Lynn just wasn't into her.

This leads us to the "mean" bus driver Mrs Grunion and why she failed to be an antagonist with staying power: she peaked too early. You see, what happens is that Mike stupidly passes on the idea to create Super Teddy and have Liz fling him at the range of short-tempered and judgmental idiots that people the strip and, hey, presto, the lady behind the wheel of the vehicle is the heavy in a twisted story about the evils of peer pressure when Christopher and Dawn dare Liz to huck the toy at the old basilisk who then lives up to her promise to confiscate the toy. We then get a reminder that Liz has assimilated her idiot mother's belief that admitting blame means permanent humiliation and a by-the-good-back chat by Grunion about being one's own person. This tended to defuse the threat prematurely and what's more, Lynn seemed to realize it.

This, I think, lead her to realize that the best foil for Elizabeth is not an Elly surrogate like Mrs Grunion. She seems to have picked up on the fact that Elizabeth is rather pliable and insecure so instead of of having someone baffle her by seeing a potential she does not, the best way to put conflict in Elizabeth's life is to insert someone who'd use her peer pressure power to make Elly's life difficult.