Husbands and Wives

I’ve just watched season five of 24. At the beginning of the season, Michelle Dressler is killed by a car bomb, in which her husband Tony Almeida was severely injured in and lapses into a coma. He wakes up a few hours later and goes mental when he finds out Michelle is dead. From that point on, he’s hell-bent on extracting whatever information he can out of their main lead, Henderson. He enjoys torturing Henderson, wants to kill him. Basically, he’s acting like a stereotypical vengeful woman – my (wo)man is dead, I’m out to get the person responsible”¦

But wait, it gets better. When Henderson turns the tables on Tony and mortally injures him, Tony doesn’t even bother trying to live. Michelle’s dead, he’s got no reason to live.

If my boyfriend hadn’t been in the same room, I would have been running circles around the living room chanting emotionally stronger female dead! husband looses interest in life!

From the get-go, I always saw Michelle as the emotionally and psychologically stronger of the two. In season three, Tony is emotionally blackmailed into letting a terrorist go in order to free a kidnapped Michelle (all the while, Michelle frees herself); when Michelle in a similar situation in season four, she finds another way to free Tony. So their demises in season five was really just a culmination of a dynamic that already existed: Michelle was the emotionally stronger of the two, and without her, Tony loses the will to live.

I liked that they didn’t follow the stereotype of the strong, brave man, with wifey pottering along behind. I liked that men can be just as useless without their women as women can be without their men.

I liked that sometimes, men are stronger then women. And sometimes, women are stronger then men.

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