My Trigger

What triggers me are toddlers in TV shows. Hate those little buggers. They never pay any attention to their parents. Because obviously the actors are not their real parents. And it would do nothing for the plot to show endless scenes with a toddler fighting the battle of Somme for mommy’s attention.

I get all that but it’s still very annoying to watch the scenes where mommy comes into the room, and her two-year-old continues to play placidly and silently in the corner without even noticing her. I keep yelling at the TV, “Lady, wake up! Aren’t you supposed to be a doctor? (I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy.) Your kid is seriously unwell. Do something about it!”

You, folks, told me to take it easy after the surgery, so I’m back to my TV-watching marathon.

Are there any Grey’s Anatomy fans here? Because I’ve got things to say and nobody to discuss it with.

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11 thoughts on “My Trigger”

  1. “And it would do nothing for the plot to show endless scenes with a toddler fighting the battle of Somme for mommy’s attention.”
    Of course the child actors are often older than their stated ages on screen. The youngest cinematic babies are often twins or triplets who are preemies taking turns. Or they are robots.

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  2. Yes! I watch Grey’s Anatomy (at least when new seasons are on Netflix). The show is a lot of melodramatic schlock imho, but I enjoy it anyway – totally a guilty pleasure. I think I enjoy it because I like watching professional women doing their job and being excellent at it. I particularly love(d) the no-nonsense, scientific, independent Christina Yang.

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  3. The most aggravating thing to me about couples with children on TV is how often you’re only shown a car seat or a crib or told that the child/baby is with a sitter or family, even on weekends or holidays. I understand the practical reasons for it, but it’s annoying. I think the show I got the most angry at was Friends, where the last few episodes of the series (this was some time ago, forgive me if the details aren’t exact) were about if Rachel should take a job in another country, and Ross wanting to stop her, with no conversations between them about what would be best for their child!

    Forgive me for venting but that’s stuck with me for a long time.

    Unfortunately, I have never watched Grey’s Anatomy, so I can’t commiserate, but I’ll read if you vent, and probably agree 🙂

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    1. I think the show I got the most angry at was Friends, where the last few episodes of the series (this was some time ago, forgive me if the details aren’t exact) were about if Rachel should take a job in another country, and Ross wanting to stop her, with no conversations between them about what would be best for their child

      Every single Friends character was a crappy friend and I never got into the show even though it was ubiquitous.

      I particularly love(d) the no-nonsense, scientific, independent Christina Yang.
      Sandra Oh is up for an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama this year for her work in Killing Eve, a ridiculous show about an MI-6 agent chasing a serial killer (that I watched.)

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      1. What I love about the show us how deeply it’s rooted in the psychoanalytic perspective. I’ll write more about it tomorrow.

        As for Christina, I hate this character because she’s the exact opposite of me. 🙂 So dependent on men, so proud of her immaturity, so much of a damsel in distress. She’s exactly the kind of self-infantilizing heroine I studied in my first book.

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        1. I’m more of a Meredith-type person: intensely miserable for years because of an uncaring mother but then undergoes therapy and acquires a beatific look that nothing can wipe off her face. Of course, I’d never end up with a moody jerk like Derek. Or in a house full of eternal roommates,so that’s different.

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    2. I especially love the shows where a woman who is 15 minutes away from giving birth to her first child is busily dating. Even if she has the uncommon stamina of having so much energy for men at this stage pregnancy, it’s bizarre that she’d care about men at such a moment.

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  4. Didn’t you say a few days ago that N never watches television about about his profession, because they’re so unrealistic?

    I never watch fictional shows about medicine, for the same reason.

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    1. I have no knowledge of medicine, so I don’t see any inconsistencies or mistakes in the show. But I do know toddlers, and I’m convinced that a toddler who doesn’t seem to recognize mommy by the age of 3 is seriously messed up. Normal kids react to their mommies at 3 days old, let alone years.

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