But we’re going to have a new code.
Say it, Christopher. For your daughter, Allison.
It has recently come to my attention that I am under no obligation to appease anyone with my words or actions.
"Depression is such a cruel punishment. There are no fevers, no rashes, no blood tests to send people scurrying in concern. Just the slow erosion of the self, as insidious as any cancer. And, like cancer, it is essentially a solitary experience. A room in hell with only your name on the door."
Manueluv and I are convinced Agent K is Coulson’s father. Hell, MIB is even owned by Marvel.
Welp. Never gonna unsee this.
HEADCANON ACCEPTED SO FAST I THINK I BROKE SOMETHING
Guys - who do you think told Phil all those stories about Cap?
THIS POST IS OVER 2 YEARS OLD AND IT JUST. GOT. BETTER.
We all deserve a selfie marathon in a poorly lit bathroom on a good hair day sometimes.
Really, the entire way that the “everyone is struggling for money” thing has been written makes it absolutely, 100% obvious that no one writing on these episodes has ever been in a situation where they were actually poor.
As I said last night, no one who has had any kind of recurring financial problems just doesn’t notice the electric hasn’t been paid in three months. That cut-off notice comes in pretty promptly, so unless she just hasn’t looked at any of her bills at all in three months? No.
Also, no one who is three months behind on the electric bill would go out and buy $300 worth of food. The food budget is the easiest place to cut corners, and if you at least make a payment on the light bill, they’re usually willing to work with you. You might be eating a lot of rice and beans, but you’ll survive.
On a related note, Agent McTall can buy tons of Chinese food and hang around to do home repairs, but he can’t kick in to keep the lights on? The starting salary when an agent leaves training is at least $53k/year. That’s not too shabby… Although the average salary for a registered nurse in California is $90k.
Now, some money struggles make sense. They have an enormous house, which would cost a lot to run and maintain. Scott has a lot of expensive things, and teenagers always need something. There’s no indication that anyone chipped in for Isaac’s expenses, so for a few months there she was supporting an extra teenager who probably needed a lot of stuff - the scarf budget alone would’ve been ruinous. But it still makes no sense for it to suddenly be a crisis, and it definitely makes no sense for it to be three months of not paying the bills.
For the Stilinskis, it comes back to the fact that their health insurance would have paid for a stay at a mental health facility. There is no reason whatsoever for them to have to pay out of pocket.
And then, for both of them… They know the money is Derek’s. Finding it in Garrett’s locker and knowing how he earned it is irrelevant. The money was stolen from Derek. If they don’t give it back to him, then all they’re doing is stealing it again.
If it’s suddenly okay to steal, well, it’s not like Scott hasn’t pulled an armored car heist before. Why limit himself to just Derek as a victim?
Brilliant meta is brilliant
I agree that they’re doing a shoddy job with it in season four, but I’m actually a little surprised - I don’t give the show much credit as a rule, but I think it did a very good job with Scott’s financial situation being tenuous back in the first season.
Remember Scott worrying that his inhaler would be expensive to replace? Remember him not instantly being able to replace a missing phone? Remember how when everyone else had their own cars, Scott rode a bike to school? Remember how Scott was the only one with an after school job? Remember how Melissa, a single mother, has often picked up extra shifts?
I wrote about it ages ago, but the exterior shots of Scott’s house have never matched what we know of Scott’s life. But I can totally buy the McCalls being in a precarious financial situation, it was just much better when it was shown instead of told. And Knowing how Scott feels about responsibility, I can totally buy him making a bad choice because he’s worried about his mom.
(Stiles, not so much.)
the scarf budget alone would’ve been ruinous. - that was a gem.
I agree that it is outlandish that someone, especially a single mother who has been struggling to make ends meet for quite some time, wouldn’t realize that she hadn’t paid the electric bill. Do you know how much anxiety comes with being unable to pay your bills? As a single adult, I can tell you that I get nauseated even BEFORE a bill is DUE if I think I’m going to be late paying it. I can’t imagine that anxiety if I had a child who I didn’t want to stress/burden with the financial struggle. I get that she is busy (I mean, she has a werewolf son who is constantly in the midst of some murder mystery and she is picking up extra shifts), but I really don’t see someone in dire straits just… forgetting.
That said, if this is your only complaint about a television show being aired on MTV, I think we are actually doing pretty well. Don’t you?