Llanview's Biggest Bully Finally Weighs In
Hurrah. Todd's awake and can now offer his infinite wisdom to every situation.
Todd's reaction to Jack having bullied Shane was pretty much as I suspected -- I didn't really expect the show to write Todd as condoning Jack's behavior. I did appreciate that they showed he would've been completely fine with Jack bullying Shane by just calling him names and taunting him, it was just that he had to put his foot down when Jack did something so cruel that it led Shane to a suicide attempt. Because absolutely. Todd probably would have high-fived Jack for the "lesser" stuff and, as he told Blair, he thinks the more mid-level bullying is "just what kids do." Which, of course, is precisely the problem -- tacit approval of the less dangerous kind of teasing only serves to escalate the situation.
Also, Todd's list of people that he and Jack love who have accused Todd of being a bully: Starr, Dani, Viki, Blair, Tea. All women. Except would Jack really care what women think? Hasn't he been raised to think women are soft and sentimental and perennial victims and that tough men are whom to look up to?
Todd reverted back to form when he threatened Rex for having sent the thugs after Jack, which Rex did in retaliation for Jack's cruelty to Shane. Way to be an example, Todd! Jack bullies Shane so Rex bullies Jack, so you bully Rex. Clearly that will end the cycle, right?? (And to be clear, I think the show is hitting the right notes here by making it obvious how much damage Todd has done and continues to do. I was just a little worried they might make him too much a hero by waking up and saying all the right, moral things about what Jack's been up to. Thankfully he said a few right things and a few wrong things, which is the gray area that the character should live in.)
And naturally, Jack didn't get the message at all (since he's doing as Todd does, not as he says) and whined to his sisters that something must've happened to Todd's brain because he's acting like a sit-com dad, and everyone looked a little worried. "Oh no! What if our dad grew a conscience? That would be terrible!"
And, of course, Jack and his pals are still doing plenty of bullying.
Seriously, why does Shane not de-friend these people on MyFace?! Or delete this account and start a new one?
I did love that Dr. Buhari pointed out that he might not want to go check his MyFace account anymore. In fact, I kind of love Dr. Buhari altogether.
She's the first therapist this show in a long time who occasionally actually says something accurate and worthwhile and, thankfully, did point out on Friday that confidentiality laws do not extend to situations where the patient could be a threat to himself or others, so Gigi and Rex should skip violating the law and their son's privacy to listen in on his counseling sessions. (I do, of course, question why she hasn't had obviously-still-nuts Marty re-committed.)
Across town, Tomas got interrogated for possibly shooting poor Todd. John's whole smirk-and-smile-sarcastically routine that he does anytime he's talking to a suspect drives me crazy.
On the other hand, I do need to remind myself that at least it's a detective being all smug and superior and not a mobster. It's the little things, people! And Tomas did smirk back a bit, at least. I hear tell that Tomas' story clears up a little bit starting next week, so I'm certainly looking forward to that! Ted King is awesome, but I need just a little more here to work with!
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention Thursday's episode. I didn't do a whole post on it because it would be a little embarrassing as it would just be me gushing and fawning and trying to find other words for "awesome" while describing how completely phenomenal everything involving Echo and Charlie and Viki and Dorian was. Brian Kerwin and Kim Zimmer absolutely nailed their fantastic scenes (well done, writers, too!). And Viki and Dorian's final moment of the episode?
Viki: You do realize that we have a very big problem.
Dorian: We do? Oh, Echo!
Viki: Yes, Echo. I'm afraid that we have made a very dangerous enemy.
Dorian: Well, we won the first round. If I were a betting woman -- and I am -- I'd be putting money on the two of us.