dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The latchkey perplex.

I think that it's fairly safe to say that Elly never did much like the idea of having her children run around unsupervised when she was off at work. Oh, it was fine for them to run around like idiots drinking varnish, falling downstairs and dashing off into the street when she was at home but when she was not there, suddenly, having them have the run of the house became something of a problem. The reason that I mention this is that, well, Michael's willingness to be a latch-key kid seems to alter in inverse proportion to how much Elly wants it to happen. As we're about to see today, he's really happy being home alone when she wants him to be at Annie's but turns into the jackass wailing about deprivation and slavery we see next week when she approves of the idea. This, of course, is owing to the Michael being made to parrot lines about leading lives without going places being a means by which Lynn can upbraid Aaron about a perceived hatred of her career.

The good thing about this sort of thing is that eventually we have to contend with her losing her composure because Mike and Liz want to be anywhere but the Pattermanse. The odd thing is that Mike eventually comes up with the idea of saving April from being a latch-key kid by putting her to work at Lilliput's. The disturbing thing is that Mike ends up doing what he did during the Housening. The disgusting thing is that he works out of home because he doesn't trust his children any more than Elly trusted him. The ludicrous thing is that Elly finally feels as if she can relate to him now that he thinks exactly the way she does.
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