Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm Not!

30 Rock, "Reunion":

Liz has a high school reunion, but she doesn't want to go. She recalls times of being the geeky, uncool loner, mocked by the cheerleaders. Jack convinces her to attend, claiming she looks pretty good now, and he'll even loan her his jet to really make 'em plotz. 
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So Liz enters the room, with her head held high. But it doesn't quite turn out as she thought. Apparently, she wasn't the "geeky, uncool loner" her memories claim she was; rather, she was the school bully, despite her braces and thick glasses. That killer whit had been used for evil, tearing down egos and tormenting, even, the popular cheerleader who's still in therapy. 

She spends the whole evening trying to prove how she's changed, only to unintentionally reaffirm her cattiness. 
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Interesting, how one's perception of themselves and their past could be so off. 

Our memories can play tricks on us all the time. Like Susan Shapiro, who nursed grievances for 25 years over a "cad" and "jerk" of a boyfriend, only to remember that it was she who murdered the relationship, not him. And not only that, he was willing to support her all the way. 

Oops. 

I found it a little pathetic how despite marrying a wonderful man, she still clung to fantasies of "proving" to the ex her fantastic-ness, hoping to get him to regret letting her go. It was a quarter of a century ago, lady. Move on. Does your husband know about this?

But in any case: Record your memories accurately, just to avoid looking stupid later on. And I speak from experience. 

4 comments:

Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

> But it doesn't quite turn out as she thought. Apparently, she wasn't the "geeky, uncool loner" her memories claim she was; rather, she was the school bully,

Yeah, I checked my memory. Not the school bully but definitely the first description.

Sigh.

Princess Lea said...

Same here.

I hope.

Sparrow said...

Checked my memory. I pretty much fit the description. I didn't snark that much at my classmates, so I don't think I'm that vicious.

Scary part is, I think I'm turning into her as I get older.

Princess Lea said...

She's just so admirable in her funny way; I find myself trying to capture her delivery.