dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The idiot plot conundrum....

What really bothers me about story lines such as the one in which Mike gets locked out of the house is that everyone involved is an idiot to one extent or another. Mike is an idiot because he's pathetically dependent on Elly, Elly is an idiot because she either doesn't realize this or only resents it when it doesn't lead to horses being owned, John is an idiot for not asking what really happened and their friends and neighbors are idiots for failing to ask Mike if he wants to get warm. This means that what we're dealing with is something they call an "idiot plot" owing to the fact that if one of the players had had the sense God gave a mule, it wouldn't have happened.

The annoying thing is that this is not an isolated incident; I can think of any number of examples of the Pattersons staring around looking sad becuase they did something dumb and are now paying for it. An example of this is when no one could figure out whose job it was to make sure that the sump pump in the crawl space kept working. One fine rainy April, the thing broke down and since they haven't gotten around to insuring against flood damage here, the Foobs spent a load of money repairing the bastement. At the time, I couldn't help but think 'Why is Elly relying on Mike to do things? The boy is an idiot!" I then asked myself "Why is he supposed to magically know things despite never being taught how to live on his own? How stupid is Elly to do this?"
Tags: values dissonance theatre

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