We begin, of course, with his pal Lawrence. As you know, I tend to think that if it weren't for the fact that their mothers are friends and that Michael can be dared to do any damned thing, Lawrence would have had little to do with him. Since Mike will do any damned thing in the hopes of getting the praise, love and approval his self-absorbed cretins of parents hatefully deny him, he was always up to make an ugly spectacle of himself.
A few years later, we were introduced to his second bad friend: Gordon Mayes. His distinguishing characteristic was and is that he's your pal only so long as you have something he wants. It can be a material object or an alibi for his need to make a hormonal fool of himself but if you buddy up to him, you'd better count your fingers afterwards.
We next come to his current bad friend, Josef Weeder. Weed, as I've said, is the same sort of bad friend to Mike that Ted is to John. Both overgrown children seem to live for trying to get Mike to experience life and define same as "tomcatting around like a fool."
The three rotten friends have something in common aside from enabling Michael's less charming behaviors or exploiting his trust for their own advantage. They also insist on telling him what a horrible person he is for daring to stand up in the defence of his own rights. Trying to reconcile his being yelled at for wanting to not get hosed as well as for being done by experts is an exercise in what Orwell called doublethink. Lynn wants us to believe that Mike should and should not stand up for himself at the same time.