Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Devil You Know

It always seems the grass is greener on the other side, but is it? I was musing what it would be like to deal with different weebles. Would it be easier?

What would it be like dealing with Ruth Martin, Timmy and Lassie's mom?

"Bark, Bark!"

"What's that Lassie? Mom fell down the well again? Oh, for the love of...."

Hmmm, might be difficult haulin' the old lady out of the well.

Ok, what about Maureen Robinson from Lost in Space: "Danger, Mrs. Robinson! Danger!" Hmm, might not be so bad. The Robot could follow her around. Though as I recall someone was always yanking out his power pack. Not good.

And for you Big Valley fans, can you imagine having to deal with Victoria Barkley? Even before she hit the full blown OPD stage, she had all her children under her thumb. It only got worse when she started dressing like Nick in her short black leather jacket and tight trousers.

Victoria destined her daughter, Audra, to spinsterhood. After all, what young man in his right mind would call on the girl after Victoria shot and killed creepy Evan Miles? Yeah, I know she was trying to protect Audra from being raped, but she didn't have to use deadly force on Evan. She could have just whacked him upside the head with the rifle.

She treated Nick like a four year old. Remember in The Brawlers when Callahan come to the house and Nick is yelling at him? "Nick! You sit over there. I said!"

And poor Heath! Oh, stop groaning you two, you know I'm a Heathen! Poor Heath tried to be a gentleman by taking the reins and driving Victoria home after she had been buried under the church during an earthquake. She insisted she could drive and took over the reins. Heath ended up with an overdose of OPD and walked off the set. Missy wouldn't speak to him for 3 days. When she did it was only to ask if he had learned his lesson. To which he replied, "Yes, ma'am." Smart boy.

Her taking over the reins nearly got him killed when the wagon fell on him in the episode By Force and Violence. Heath should have walked off the set that time.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of an instance where Jarrod had to deal with her.

Ma can be very opinionated and demanding, but I don't think she's nearly as bad as Victoria Barkley. Ma hasn't caused a wagon to fall on me. Guess it's a case of the devil you know.


Donna Alice said...

How true, how true--it's always easier to deal with your own relatives. At least you know all their not so subtle hints. "Well, if you really don't WANT TO DO IT."
Meaning, you better do it or regret it the rest of your life.

Victoria didn't need to treat Jarrod as she did Nick or Heath--he was already well trained in the "guilt" method. He was first born, after all. It's part of our genes.

Erica Vetsch said...

ROFL!!! You Heathen!

nutter said...

OK, I could SO take Victoria. She's much like my own dear papa, and he don't always win when I'm around... I'd make Nick look "easy".
(Then again, you won't tell me what my mom said to you and neither will she!)

I found your choice of moms to compare VERY interesting. I would suggest some other moms to consider. Roseanne? Claire Huxtable? The mom on Malcom in the Middle? hee hee...

Naw... we're "stuck" with the ones we got.

CJ said...

Roseanne and Claire seem to fall into the "My Way or the Highway" category, same as Ma.

Malcom's mom is a nutcase. I think I'd have myself committed.