No, no, what bugs me is how it doesn’t seem to fit. If you know this is the story you are going to be feeding us, these writers should be good enough to lay the groundwork for it in our earlier episodes (after all they have done it several times before) but I’m just not seeing that. I covered this briefly in my first thoughts about this episode but I had to go find pictures to illustrate why it doesn’t seem to work.
Let’s backtrack a bit. Meg and Duncan reportedly broke up on the last day of school, correct? The research I did for
chrisjournal suggests that the last day of school would be around June 15th. Meg obviously got pregnant before that date. But, when, exactly did she get pregnant and when did she know she was pregnant?
Well, the post mark on the letter suggests that she knew in April. Take a look again:
That’s definitely APR. Especially when you consider the other months it’d have to be. It can’t be mistaken for JUN, JUL, or AUG. This tells me that Meg knew she was pregnant sometime in early April, which gives her enough time to write to her Aunt Chris in Seattle and ask to come live with her and get a response back from her Aunt (obviously a negative response since Meg is still in Neptune). April people. Meg was not only pregnant in April, she knew she was pregnant in April.
It’s slightly possible that would mean she got pregnant in early April but suggests that Meg actually got pregnant some time in March. Do the math with me, won’t you? April to September (school probably started on or around the last week of August but close enough to September that we count all of August) equals five months. Meg is at least five months pregnant on the day that Veronica talks to her about being kicked off the cheerleading squad and they go on the field trip to the baseball stadium.
Here’s a reminder of how Meg looked during each scene:
Now, I’m not saying Meg should have a huge belly yet but that girl? That girl is NOT five months pregnant. Nope. Can’t convince me she is… I mean, damn, look at the bare belly you can see in the second picture. How the hell am I supposed to buy that Meg is so far along at that point?
And, I wouldn’t have to buy it if not for the post marked letter. If it were possible that she was only three or four months pregnant, I could be persuaded to pretend she just hadn’t started to show yet. But the letter exists and it’s how Duncan finds out she is pregnant and it all really annoys me because it makes no sense.
I feel like I should qualify something here. My sister? Had a baby at 16. My parents? Didn’t know she was pregnant until she went into labor one morning before school. Granted, this clearly illustrates that my parents were not paying enough attention to their children but it also means I know it is possible to hide a pregnancy from people up until the very end. The concept that no one knows she is pregnant doesn’t bother me at all. It’s the fact that Meg is not dressing like someone who is pregnant or hiding a pregnancy nor can I believe that she’s not showing even a little bit in those scenes. Like the things about the alternate ending that bug me, it’s just too much to swallow.
I’m willing to be wrong. To have RT and company show me that they did lay the groundwork but I don’t know if I have a whole lot of confidence this time. It feels like they purposely did this so we would be surprised she was pregnant and I appreciate being surprised by the reveal but I don’t appreciate having realistic setup sacrificed for that surprise.
ETA: Added a blank version of the post mark because it’s probably easier to see what I mean by APR on that than the one I zoomed in on…