This is especially true about the irritants April had to contend with: Eva "Warzone" Abuya and Luis "Refugee" Guzman. The instant that April starts talking something that normal people would sympathize with, Eva is Janey-on-the-spot with a cutting remark about war zones or expiration dates so that a sinister sort of magic act can take place. The idea is that since April's being treated like a piece of furniture no one wants to do with do not affect Eva in the least, April is magically supposed to stop caring about it. Similarly, we're supposed to pity Luis so much that we no longer care about someone whose main problem is not La Migra but doltish, greedy parents who regard her as a moocher because she doesn't bring money in.
Would, then, that they were all placid ciphers like Duncan. I mean, if we must have people whose sole reason for existing is to have Lynn caper around yelling "Hoop-yah! Look how tolerant the Pattersons are!!", the least they can do is BE tolerable and shut the Hell up about it. We know as much about him as we do Darryl Smythe.