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Author Topic: Season 16  (Read 9202 times)

ChrisDilke

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #195 on: July 30, 2013, 07:26:32 pm »
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I also disliked the episode, it was probably my least favourite of the season. I understand that it's an important message and I could see where the writers were trying to go with it, but I didn't think it was done well. Arthur wasn't the right choice to be the bully, and the scene where he sends Sue Ellen that email is just way too out of character. I know he was mad and he did regret it immediately afterwards, but I think the fact that he went through with the idea at all just doesn't work. He's trying to make us believe that his side of the story could be legit, and that Sue Ellen really could've just been overreacting to some jokes that are intended to be harmless, but then he resorts to writing and sending that email, and when you go and do something like that, that's pretty nasty.

And I also couldn't help but think that Sue Ellen was a bit out of character here. When Binky goes around bullying others in "Bully for Binky" and when Brain threatens to destroy George's gum dinosaur in "Desk Wars", she stood up to both of them. So why not stand up to Arthur? I guess it could be argued that because Arthur is usually a nice guy and she's usually good friends with him, she wouldn't know what to do when suddenly he seems to turn against her, but it still didn't quite feel in-character to me. I have to agree that Fern would've been a better choice than Sue Ellen. It might sound horrible to say so since she's my favourite character in the show, but as Fern is sensitive I think she would be an easier target, and if bullying got severe and persistent it's understandable that it would get to her.