dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On medical missions and soap operatic thinking.

As you know, I've never really been a fan of the very stupid thing Lynn did when she changed Connie and Lawrence's back story. She began life as a hometown girl who married way too damned young only to have her husband Pete take off on her and leave her in the lurch and ended up as the centre-point of a God-damned soap opera about a medical mission and a romance with a dark-skinned fantasy figure who couldn't live in the white-bread world of English Canada.

I should like to point out that I'm also not a fan of the fact that when Deanna was working the evil yearning for life beyond the cozy and not at all narrow or suffocating or stultifying bounds of Suburbia, Mike spent the whole time sick with the fear that absence might make the heart go wander. This is because I don't much care for his being the personification of the intersection of Lynn's inability to trust people when she can't see them and her fear of the unfamiliar. This means that it wasn't just the need to gather data by which she can inform the kiddies that they're horrible and selfish that made her accompany Rod to somewhere sticky-hot and uncomfortable where she wasn't fawned over. It was her unswerving belief that if he were let out of her sight, he'd do the nasty with his harem.

This, as I've said before, is why her ideal version of Rod didn't have the evil impulse to leave her side and engage with an outside world that obviously wanted her to die alone and unloved because the evil children in second grade looked at her like some kind of freak because of her obsession with pairing off. What would have been interesting is watching what would have happened if John had gone to Honduras with Deanna. Watching Elly fret and fume stupidly about the less than zero possibility that he'd want his day-to-day life to change would have been a delightful way to spend the late nineties.
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