It seems to me that Lynn has decided to turn Doctor Ted into a foreshadowing of Mike’s friend, Jo Weeder. Both men are party-hearty, immature morons loaded with nitwit bonhomie and both of them resent the fact that the Patterson they associate with is married and thus unable to join them in dining, drinking and wenching. The reason for this is that circumstances have conspired to make them resent maturity. The modern day irritant is stuck mentally in high school because he refuses to buckle down and apply his talents to a conventional form of employment. He refuses to take in consideration the need for security that being a Jewish refugee from post-war Eastern Europe is going to see as all-important as having any bearing on his choices. This baffling, self-involved immaturity varies in degree with that of Ted’s raison d’etre. Simply put, John’s idiot man-child companion had spent the thirty years of his life competing in a foolish locker-room competition that rotated around success as a sexual athlete that his peers abandoned when they grew up. Not only did he resent the fact that Elly would not let John play; he couldn’t and still cannot understand that his wife objected to his continuing to play despite promising in church not to. He was shocked and baffled that she left him, never to return, because of something that trivial.
There’s another commonality between the two of them: both men are pretty much regarded as active menaces to the stability and sanctity of the marriages of the Patterson they’re bonded to. In Ted’s case, we had to endure his constant attempts to remind John that since he was the man, he somehow had the right and duty to bed as many women as possible and Elly had no say in the manner. This drove a wedge between the men because John knew better. Not only was it not fair to Elly, the swinging scene simply didn’t appeal to him. He had a good thing going and didn’t want to screw that up. The menace that Jo Weeder presented was a lot more subtle. He, you see, wanted to turn Mike into a world traveller. This, of course, meant to Lynn that he wanted to convert the Delicate Genius into a serial adulterer. Lynn simply cannot believe that a man would remain loyal to his wife without his being under her constant surveillance. This is why John is a homebody, this is why the Anthony who will never leave Milboring is the hero of the age and the Mike who could be considered a piece of furniture rotting away in an attic a great father; since they are at their wives’ beck and call at all times, they are infinitely superior to people who cannot be tied down.
The third and final commonality is that their solicitation of adultery rings as false as their dialogue. Lynn clearly believes that while men are disloyal by nature, they lack the courage to act on their instincts without encouragement. This is, of course, nonsense. Just as she cannot reproduce male dialogue, she cannot seem to see that single men, by and large, do not all run around telling married men to throw their marriages away. Granted, certain abberants might think that the marriages of other men are an inconvenience but social pressure and common decency keep them from sharing this opinion with the crowd. A woman would have to be pretty stupid to believe a man who said he cheated because somebody dared him to so presenting the dynamic we see here as the Way of the World says something nasty about Lynn’s intellect, not to mention her hold on reality.