dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
dreadedcandiru2
dreadedcandiru2

On caretaker spouses.

To get back to Elly and the kids, it's pretty much a given that there's going to be one person in the neighborhood who sees her as a sitcom mother sizing the youngest child up, making the breezy declaration that she's self-sufficient and thus not in as great need of attention as her two relatively helpless older siblings. While some people assume that Elly lives for the day that April can marry Gerald, others think that Elly has allowed April her freedom because she's been declared able to function without parental supervision and thus not in need of a sort of Elly clone as a spouse.

This idea that Deanna and Anthony are seen less as people in their own right and more as Elly's pre-programmed clones whose function it is to more or less make sure that Mike and Liz stay Elly's children even after she dies might seem odd at first blush but given that Deanna's lot in life is to gush at Mike's every stupid deed and Anthony's purpose is to keep Liz from expanding her mental horizons to places that frighten her parents, it's a good one owing to the fact that most people would have picked up on the entitlement and martyrdom of the Patterson elders.
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