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No, Dad. It’s not from now. It’s from back when he was pregnant. Er, I mean …
Don’t be silly. If he’s 20 years old, why would anyone take an ultrasound of him instead of an ordinary photograph?
Sooo many possibilities. What happens next?
(1) Tiffany tells Tom about Anns’s deception and he believes her?
(2) She tells him and he rejects her story out of hand?
(3) She tells him, he calls Ann in, and he believes … which one?
(4) She tells him and he confides that he knew it all along but didn’t say anything because …?
(5) She tells him and he says, ``Who’s Les?’’ And then, …?
(6) Before she can tell him, the conversation is interrupted by …?
(7) She decides not to tell him about Ann’s fakery and instead says …?
(8) We don’t find out whether or not she tells him because we have an unusual mid-week cut to an arc about Brad, Toni, and Shannon.
(9) Something else?
We haven’t seen anything that looked like a date on either sonogram. But even if Les’s copy does have a date, Ann could claim that it’s forged. How hard could that have been once Tiff scanned Ann’s original into a computer? In any case, Tom totally trusts Ann and he’s not about to insist that she take him to her doctor and prove that she had a recent sonogram.
My guess is that Tiff and Les will not get the better of Ann by showing Les’s ultrasound to Tom. Either they’ll never show it to him at all or Ann will have a cover story (e.g., that it’s not Les’s ultrasound but a copy Tiff made of the one she found) and Tom won’t press Ann for proof.
I offer two reasons for guessing that we’ll have to wait longer for Ann’s comeuppance:
(1) Once Ann is gone, I expect Tiffany’s relationship with her father to improve. Before that happens, I think G&K will want to show Tiff maturing to the point where she won’t promptly revert to her pampered princess high school persona.
(2) Chekhov’s empty room at the DeGroot’s hasn’t fired yet.
Perhaps I’m wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time. But I think my reasoning is at least plausible.
One thing’s for certain: If Ann avoids getting caught out this time, we’re sure to see comments here complaining about how agonizingly long this story line is being drawn out. On the other hand, if (contrary to my guess) Tiff and Les quickly convince Tom to give Ann the boot, we’re sure to see comments complaining about how it was too easy and predictable, and what a fizzle of an ending it was after all the build-up.
My point exactly. If someone’s determined to find something to grioe about in with a work of literature, however popular and well-loved, it’s pretty much always going to be like shooting fish in a barrel.
Another example: Hamlet gets the traveling players to reenact the supposed murder of his father, and Claudius gives himself away by getting all rattled. But once Claudius cools down, he thinks about who might have found him out (and who would be the the rightful heir to the throne), and starts planning how to get rid of Hamlet. Du-u-u-uh. Are we really supposed to believe that Hamlet would be dumb enough not to see that coming???
To be clear, when I said that Luann was one Ann’s victims, I certainly didn’t mean that Ann had mistreated Luann repeatedly the way she did Bernice or Tiffany. But on that scale, Ann’s rudeness to Ox and Shannon was also pretty minor. And she didn’t get very far—though not for want of trying—at victimizing Nancy or TJ (unless, as I speculated in one of the little fanfics I’ve posted, she sabotaged TJ’s food truck, in which case she inadvertently did him a favor, but could have killed him if he hadn’t been taking out the garbage at the right moment).
Yup. Between the time she snooped around and found the ultrasound and the time Tom and Ann got home from their vacation, Tiffany would have had plenty of time to make a copy and even to add a fake date in the margin and/or find some old paper to print it on. To make matters worse, by the time Tiffany shows up at the mansion with the ultrasound (and with or without Les), Ann may have already had her phony miscarriage—and perhaps destroyed her copy of the ultrasound “because it would be too painful ever to look at it.”
Tom currently trusts Ann completely, and Ann has surely been filling his head with the idea that anything bad Tiffany might try to tell him about her is a made-up story (lie) meant to break up their relationship. So suppose Tiff shows Les’s ultrasound to Tom and Ann and that Ann bursts into tears, accusing Tiffany (between sobs) of showing her a copied picture of the baby she just lost. Is Tom going to confront his devastated fiancée and demand that she take him to her doctor and get the doctor to confirm that she had a recent pregnancy and ultrasound? Or is he going to confront his daughter, say how disappointed he is that she would play such a cruel prank, and refuse to hear her denials?
That might not be exactly how it plays out, but I’ll go out on a limb and predict that Tiff isn’t in for a quick victory. To be clear, I’m confident that G&K will give Ann a comeuppance eventually. Just not yet, I think.
why has it not occurred to Les to inform Uncle Al…
What? A juvenile fictional protagonist seek help from an adult? More often, they do something like this:
Hermione or Ron or Harry: Hey, this doesn’t add up. I think there’s something sinister going on here.
Harry or Hermione or Ron: Yeah. Let’s go nosing into it.
Whichever: It could be dangerous. Maybe we should tell someone on the faculty.
Take your pick: They’d never believe us.
Pick again: Well, Dumbledore is the greatest wizard of our time. He might have all sorts of ways to check into our story that we wouldn’t even know about.
One of them: On the other hand, what fun would that be? Let’s charge ahead.
The other two nitwits: Yeah! Charge ahead!
It makes you wonder when authors will finally wise up and start writing about sensible characters that will appeal to book buyers.
… Henry the 8th?
There’s a song about him, too.