dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

A Heel Realization Christmas: a lost opportunity....

The real problem I have with the Pattersons of the Declining Years is that despite their horrible, grasping, vulgar behavior and the wretched way they treat people who get in the way of their ridiculous ambitions, they've convinced themselves that they're not only noble and good but the victims of cruel enemies; that sort of thinking is what had Liz stand there and pout like a victim while she watched Thérèse apologize for breathing her air, it's what made Anthony threaten Françoise with the cancellation of Christmas if he didn't have the pathetic twinkie who thoughtlessly disses her mother in front of her hanging around, it's what made Deanna banish April to the kid's table like an afterthought and it's what made the Pattersons begrudge Mira the ninety seconds it took to say Grace. It's also what made Elly pass by a man collecting for charity and thought-bubble about how nobody else in the history of ever had suffered like she had. The really sad thing is that, as I said, back when the Pattersons were the likable-but-flawed people we cheered on, they had the sense to be grateful for what they had and the decency to want to help those who had less. What I wouldn't have given to see John and Elly spend Christmas 2007 wondering what happened to them to make their hearts grow cold and their children grasping and cruel; the knowledge that they'd done horrible things for ridiculous reasons might come to late to help Mike and Liz but they could at least limit the harm done to their grandchildren. The mechanism I have in mind (which I believe I shared with you before) was the revelation that Thérèse did all the crazy stuff she did 'cause she was dying of cancercancercancer and wanted her child to remember her as being healthy and not as a tumorous bore. We could start this not at the mall but with John and Ted talking about Jim; Ted would agree that it was bad that a man in his eighties didn't have many more Christmases left but the real injustice was the people at the hospice where he spend his Thursdays were in the same boat. He would make special reference to a young mother named "Terri" who had an inoperable brain tumor and how her ex, who she divorced 'cause she didn't want to be a burden, was the guy at the gas station who looked like Pat O'Brien. This would lead to John confronting Anthony who would tell him that Therese swore him to secrecy; extra points would be awarded if she were diagnosed the day he gave Bunt that purple nurple. Lynn could easily have redeemed young Mister Caine by having him talk about how his wife had just sort of accepted dying so he only had Liz to fight for or some such thing. The realization that someone they thought was a jerk wanted to die with dignity so much, she didn't care what people thought of her would sort of shame them into appreciating what and who they have. Sure, that whole Winkerbean-lite deal I came up with sounded trite, sentimental and altogether Batiukesque; I just thought it would have been a better way to go about things.

Tags: amazonian catfish tinfoil hat, x-ing out xmas.

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