I was watching an episode of Boston Legal with bf and his father which had us greatly divided. Basically, Denny Crane is engaged to a manipulative, power-hungry gold-digger. She fires people at the firm at the smallest slight just because she can, even though she has no actual authority. She needles his partners and associates without fear of reprisal because she has Denny so thoroughly wrapped around her little finger.
How? Sensational sex and pandering to his ego.
When she has the sandwich man fired because he didn’t have the “˜low carb, low protein’ bread she wanted and Shirley, the co-founder and Paul, a senior partner, fight Denny – and win – to have the man reemployed on principle – Bev is not going to have the power to fire people at whim – Bev promptly gets him refired on principle. Her argument? The man didn’t just insult Bev, he insulted Denny Crane’s fiancee; he insulted Denny Crane. Denny’s blue eyes widen in comprehension, and he’s enraged at the thought that someone should be allowed to get away with insulting Denny Crane. Mission accomplished.
She panders to his belief that he’s God’s gift to law and women, knowing it’s the easiest way to endear herself to him. She sizes up the competition for his attention alienating from Denny the ones she can and befriending the ones she can’t. Manipulative tramp? Absolutely. But if Bev is a manipulative tramp, then what does that say about Denny, a brilliant man, that he’s being manipulated? That all it took for him to be wrapped about Bev’s little finger was great sex and an appreciation of his ego – that it likes to be stroked more than any other part of Denny? I don’t see Denny so much as a victim as an egotistical old fool who deserves to be fleeced for every penny Bev can extract if he falls for her manipulations.
And yet, bf and father were outraged at her manipulations, whereas I was thinking “˜well, he had it coming if he’s so willing to think with his dick and his ego’. This man is so full of himself he really can’t understand that he’s not God’s gift to women and the law; Bev coming along and telling him that is just proof of what he already knew, and he loves having someone else around who knows it, given everyone else keeps trying to prove he’s not God.
Basically, this man has such a God-complex that he falls for a woman who is willing to tell him that he most certainly is God in order to get a ring on her finger. He’s brilliant, but his ego ultimately comes before his common sense; if his common sense came first, he would realise that any woman so sycophantic was up to something.
But he doesn’t, because the ego and the dick come first. Because of that, he loses a substantial amount of money in the divorce settlement – because he cheated on Bev on their honeymoon. Because, you know, he’s God’s gift to women, he should spread the love around, didn’t she know that? She probably did, and married him knowing he’d stray soon enough.
Again, no sympathy. A little common sense, a little humility would have told Denny Bev was only after one thing: his money, and to a lesser extent, his power (OK, that’s two things). But apparently common sense and humility aren’t nearly as valued assets to a man as his ego and his penis.
* For anyone reading this after 24/06/06, I’ve deleted a reference to not seeing bev as a manipulative tramp so much as an oppurtunist. On discussion, I realise that she IS an manipulative tramp, as well as an oppurtunist, so a few words have been deleted.