dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Why John has no friends.

One thing that you can't help but notice is that John and Deanna are the only characters without a retinue of friends he can talk to. Mike has Weed and Gordon (who he shares with Anthony), Elly has Connie, Liz has Candace, April has Eva Warzone and Gerund but Deanna and John have no one that isn't a Patterson to talk to about their problems. Deanna's friendlessness is easy to explain in that she's pretty much a member of a Foob mind control cult dedicated to the worship of Elly Patterson. My guess is that she deliberately cut herself off from anyone who told her evil lies about how she's being exploited by a selfish, lazy waster and her horrible family.

John, on the other hand, is in a sort of different bind. It seems to me that he's given into Elly's pressure to keep him from developing strong bonds with men outside the home. Just as it used to be with Gordon, Elly does so as an act of protective love designed to save John from himself. Outside interests are dangerous in the first place because they take John outside the home and expose him to the horrible temptation to cheat and to listen to terrible people like Ted who tell him that servitude to a screeching afreet who suddenly finds getting the MRS degree she planned on getting to be insufficient is perhaps not the best life for him or anyone else. Outside friends also do horrible things like tell her that her non-stop beefing about a cushy life is irritating and silly as well. Why, outside friends might even embolden John to tell her about refugee women in war zones who have real problems. We can't have Elly feeling like an ungrateful bitch so we can't have John team up with other husbands to question the rule of WE MOMS.
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