AbandonThought Posted September 2, 2009 Report Share Posted September 2, 2009 About a week ago I got my Australian copy of "Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married" in the mail. I watched it all in two days, and immediately started it through again... I really love the show! If you haven't seen it, refrain from reading on, as I discuss some spoilers. Anyway, I'm having trouble reconciling the character of Gus, who Gerry plays. I just can't quite figure him out! On the whole, he's a slimeball, but is he really a bad person, or just horribly confused? He lied, he used and abused women to suit his personal needs, and failing that, he stole from them. Although most of what came out of his mouth was obviously BS, there were some times when he really seemed genuine. During his "on" times with Lucy he spent lots of time with her and her friends, and seemed to share some real caring moments with Lucy, in between all of the crap that he spouted. Specifically indicative of some kind of real feeling was the day when he was trying to sneak away in the morning (a slimeball thing to do for sure), and Lucy caught him. He took the time to explain that things were moving too fast for him and he needed some time away. This struck me as a very genuine moment for him. He certainly could have done things a different way, made up some excuse, and just gotten out of there as fast as possible (similar to the way Simon ditched Charlotte later). Also, during the episode where he burgles the flat, he strikes me as feeling very guilty about it... as if he was caught in a situation that he didn't know how to get out of, needed money, and did the last desperate thing he could think of... recognizing all the while that he was a complete waste of space for stealing from an innocent woman who he actually cared about. Then there's the flipside of Gus... Any thought that he truly cared about Lucy is seriously undermined when he bounces to her friend Megan without any regard for her feelings. (Although, it's conceivable to rationalize that he had a fear of commitment, that things really were moving too fast for him, and that he started up with Megan as a way of escaping the uncomfortable situation with Lucy). Also, sprinkled in between the good times with Lucy are the times when he disappears without a word and shows up with some BS story that only someone who didn't respect her could spout off. (He missed the dinner party because his friend invited him out to a bar and he forgot about it? Then he somehow neglected to call her for several weeks?) And of course, once Lucy makes it clear that she's not going to put up with his nonsense anymore, he abandons all pretense at being a nice guy, until he needs something from her (at which point he concocts the "mugging" at the ATM to squeeze every last dime out of her). Could his decay from seemingly innocent screw up to thieving and conniving waste of space be the hallmark of an obsessive personality with his life spiraling down the tubes? They do make references to him having a gambling problem... is it that he was a half-decent guy with an addiction that resulted in him using everyone in his life, partially realizing what he was doing, but unable to stop? Or am I over-analyzing this, and it was just inconsistent character development due to the necessities of the plot of the serial? (I can't help it... I find myself contemplating Gerry's characters long after I finish watching them...) Any thoughts on this complicated fella? Stephanie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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