dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Phil versus maturity

The problem with Elly’s blanket condemnation of Phil being somewhat immature and needing to grow up a lot is that there is a grain of truth in it. Phil, you see, impresses me as being (if you’ll pardon the phrase) the son that kept shining in Elly’s eyes growing up. He didn’t mean for it to happen but, well, for some reason, Jim and Marian allowed him a lot more latitude to be a jerky kid than Elly was given. This means that he tends towards the child-like in his behaviour; he’s about two years behind her in age but, as we’re about to see, five to ten years behind her in outlook. This will really make itself apparent when he reacts to Connie’s addiction to indecision where Ted is concerned; instead of simply shaking his head in confusion and mild disgust like most people would, he acts like a teenager who got stood up at the Senior Prom. It took years and, well, damned near dying in a canoe accident to get him to grow up. Even then, though, it wasn't by much. Right now, he's as mature as John or Elly.

Tags: phil: bee and bop king

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