dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On not getting core concepts: a field guide.

The other interesting thing about the Elly, dental assistant from Hell arc is that we're reminded of the odd propensity the characters have of totally failing to quite understand what's going on around them. By that, of course, I don't simply mean the fact that she thinks that she's being insulted because a busy man doesn't have the time to say please pass this, that or the other instrument like he's sitting at the dinner table or her thinking that Phil is being a big baby because he doesn't want his career to die of malpractice. This inability to understand the fundamentals goes far deeper than that and it sort of defines who Elly is as a person.

What we're dealing with is the sort of inability to really understand the most basic processes that causes Elly to eventually translate what normal people would understand as meaning "You stupidly destroyed what you were working on because you have no idea what you're doing" into "You were right all along." This, I should think, is why she never understood that her old boss was trying to tell her that she couldn't afford to pay her and it's a lot of the reason why she's such a dubious mother and pet owner. To put it as simply as possible, Elly has never quite understood what the people around her are doing and why they do it.

This sort of inability to really understand what's going on is, as I've said, akin to her and John's inability to make a connection between their baffling refusal to share their interests with their children and the fact that the kids don't share their interests. It's like how Curtis's dad can't understand why his son thinks work is the worst thing ever merely because he spends his free time wailing about how hard his life is and how the working man is the victim of all victims surpassing all others. In both cases, idiot parents are angry at children for stupid reasons because they don't understand that they're being stupid.
Tags: educating elly

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