dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly in stereo: the first full-reprint plot.

It seems to me that when Lynn finally makes good on her promise to go to straight reprints, the first plotline that will greet our eyes is the one with the pointless row about John's inconsiderate and ill-timed purchase of a stereo. The interesting thing about it is that it can be used as a tidy little summary of what is wrong with these awful people. If you'll indulge me, I'd like to give you a blow-by-blow account of the arc so I can demonstrate what I'm talking about:

In that one sequence, we have Elly hatching a poor solution to a problem, John being insensitive, Elly getting enraged over nothing only to back down when it looked as if John might be able to call her on it and, of course, endless, pointless, senseless and, above all, baseless victimism. In short, a typical week at the Pattermanse where all roads lead to "poor, hard-done-by Elly." You will also notice that at no point does John say that she cannot buy an electric can opener; his buying her the dishwasher and telling her point-blank that if she needs something, he'll buy it sort of disprove her "John-is-a-meanie-who-wants-me-to-slave-away" argument but then we all know that she has no real allegiance to the truth. She also seems to have never have learned to pay attention to where her money goes; the big plotline coming this September has John driven to distraction because Elly cannot balance her checkbook owing to her need to passively let him handle that because he's the man and it's his job. This means that she has no idea what the things around her are meant to cost. 
Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self, money matters in foobistan

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