dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Ted and Connie's Healthy Imagination.....

As I mentioned in the past, Connie, Liz and Elly tend to play-act at being the person that stands the best chance of attracting whatever hapless idiot male they're interested in now; they do this, of course, because it works. Let's jump a little bit ahead and see how this ends up making Ted look less of a jerk than the Pattersons think he is. I should think that he never had a clue who the real Connie Poirier is. He, as Pete Landry did before him, fell in love with the false image she projected and still sometimes thinks that the Suzy Homemaker she pretends to be is the real her; he also sometimes seems to think that she was about to pull a bait-and-switch on him and become sort of gloomy, back-biting mess his pal John married. The real sticking-point, though, is the one I mentioned yesterday; it seemed to him that Lawrence might have ended up getting caught in the crossfire when, as always, he had to end things. With the notion that he had to be cruel to be kind fixed in his brain, our boy endured the hatred of the Pattersons to serve his odd vision of the greater good. It pained him that Lawrence ended up growing cynical but it was better that he not live with false hope. He even did what Phil did and try to make things right but by the time he worked up the nerve, it was too late; Connie had hitched her star to the idiot-homophobe wagon that is Greg Thomas. It's odd to say this but, since we know how messed up Connie is and how unapologetic Ted is about now wanting to be tied down unless it's on his terms, he comes off looking like the better catch. The really odd thing about how the two of them is that at the end of the day, she dismisses him as "self-centered, rather pathetic momma's boy who might never really grow up"; at that point in her Liography, a sentence containing the words 'pot', 'kettle' and 'black' echoed through my mind. That's because she impresses me as not really having matured much, as still being the adolescent pain-in-the-ass who, blind to the hopes and fears of her parents, wants a proud man to admit that he wasted his life. This bottomless need for approval seems to conflict with the fixation that haunts Ted: his fear of Death. The traumatic death of his father left him with an exaggerated fear for his mother's health, a fear that kept him from committing himself lest she die alone and unloved. Once he was reminded that he was no longer young, though, he, unlike the Pattersons, put aside childish things and turned into a rather blandly respectable figure; I should say that the Doctor Ted that marveled at John's decision to scale back his practice regards his dalliance with Connie as another folly of his misspent thirties wherein two people who wanted different things made fools of themselves. Connie's opinion of things is, as I said, different.

Tags: connie: the real lynn, ted: playah dood
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