September 10th, 2021

Snarky Candiru2

The insertion paradox.

One of the most irritating things about having to remember what the Pattersons called The Great Shuffle is having to remember Deanna's trying to retroactively include herself in Mike's childhood and assign herself greater importance, knowledge and influence than she actually had. We remember a girl on the periphery of Mike's life who kind of drifted away before he started taking dating seriously and only ended up back in his life via a contrived coincidence. She didn't know much about Mike or his day-to-day life because she was tangential to his daily existence. That doesn't stop her from pulling a slight of hand trick wherein she tried to include herself in a past that didn't really exist in the first place and will no doubt end in her correcting him about things she knew nothing of.

The reason that I mention this is that despite John's never seeming to have discussed his past with Elly, she herself is not stopped from doing much the same thing to a man she had no idea even existed until the early seventies. A missed opportunity for cringe comedy at its finest is Elly encountering a person from his past he didn't mention because he didn't think he had to. Too bad Lynn can't see that, eh?