So, where did Veronica get it? Clearly from Duncan unless there’s something we don’t know about that night at Shelley’s party. If she got it from Duncan, where’d he get it?
Right out of the box, we decided Kendall is out of the running. There are a few reasons but the most relevant and more concrete reason is that Logan would also have chlamydia and would have probably noticed it by now. Plus, quite frankly, we’re led to believe that Kendall was played along with everyone else in Donut Run so I think it’s another reason to doubt that Duncan ever did anything with her. Also note, Logan doesn’t bring Kendall up as a possibility which just proves that he never really believed Duncan did anything with her.
There is the possibility that Duncan slept with someone in between Meg and Veronica. Logan wouldn’t necessarily know about it because that was during the time they weren’t talking and he himself said that Duncan didn’t really talk about his sex life. On the other hand, it also seems out of character for Duncan to sleep with anyone in that short amount of time – especially if he was pining for Veronica. Anyone remember a certain Shelley in the back seat incident from Season 1?
So, that pretty much leaves Meg. Which makes logical sense since we know their sex at some point resulted in a baby which means that it could have resulted in other things. Note how quick Veronica is to say that they always used protection?
Where Meg got her chlamydia is now the more pertinent question. I’m hoping that they don’t retcon Meg into sleeping with someone before Duncan. That’d be a lousy thing to do to the girl they let languish in a coma for months and then killed with a blood clot. Nor can I really see Meg sleeping around on Duncan either, even though she was kinda pissed after Logan’s Surprise Party in ATttD. Seanan suggested that she was forced to sleep with someone, possibly while still going out with Duncan. I can get behind the forcing part but I’m more likely to guess it was after Duncan. I understand Seanan’s reasoning, since that would give us a plausible way for Meg to get the chlamydia and to pass it along. However, I think it’s also possible that she would have tried to get back together with Duncan once she knew about the baby. If that’s the case, I can see her sleeping with him again to try and get him back.
Either way, this idea also puts some doubt into the paternity of that baby. Since Seanan and I talked, I’ve seen this show up in a few places and it does seem like the only logical reason we would suddenly have this chlamydia story line. Especially since doctors specifically test for chlamydia in pregnant mothers since it can be passed onto a newborn baby. So, if Meg did have chlamydia, Veronica has a way to find out without having to talk to Meg or ask Duncan. Good thing since she can’t exactly communicate with those two at the moment.
The idea that the baby might not be Duncan’s holds a lot of appeal for me. Not because I don’t want it to be his but because that doubt explains a lot of things that bugged me about the damn baby story line. But, before I get off on that tangent, let’s consider this idea. Meg never really confirms that Duncan is the father. She indicates that her parents think he is the father but she never says it herself. She ignores him when he asks what they are going to do and it’s Veronica she asks to watch out for the baby. Nor do we know what was in that letter that Duncan read. But we do know that Duncan told Veronica that Meg and the baby don’t affect their relationship. It was Veronica who jumped to the conclusion that it was his baby and got all offended that he’d even imply that it wouldn’t affect them. In some ways, Duncan knowing that the baby might not be his explains some of his odd behavior in OAV.
But, more importantly, Duncan suspecting the baby might not be his completely explains why he would choose to kidnap it over fighting for custody. If there was even a chance the baby wasn’t his, he wouldn’t want to take the chance that he wouldn’t get custody. And he wouldn’t be too quick to explain that to Veronica because I’m not sure Veronica would have felt as strongly about the kidnapping option had she known she might be helping to abduct someone else’s child. Something I’d adore about this, if it turns out to be true, is that it is a nice parallel to Keith and Veronica and the paternity issue.
Our guess for the other father possibility is Lucky. There are other possibilities from hints in certain episodes but none that explain why we suddenly have a Lucky in our story and why he’s been connected to both the Mannings and the Goodmans. I’m not ruling out the possibility that he has some other connections to Woody – except that something triggered his response to Woody and I doubt it was just Woody winning the election.
No, if the Manngings had pushed Lucky on Meg and Lucky had pushed himself on her – either with or without the Mr. Manning’s blessing – that would explain where Meg got her chlamydia. In fact, it explains both the chlamydia and the baby and why she’d be having the unprotected sex that led to both. (Note: In my idea, Meg would have discovered the pregnancy and then tried to get back with Duncan by having sex – unprotected – with him so that she’d later be able to claim he was the father not Lucky.)
Now, here’s where we really get a little wild and speculate-y, what if Lucky has a suspicion about who caused the bus crash or saw something he wasn’t meant to see? As I noted to Seanan, in this episode, we saw that a bus was parked next to the maintenance spot where his truck was parked. If Lucky saw someone on the bus that crashed after hours, he might have his own suspicions about who caused the crash. Well, Lucky might not have a reason to care until he finds out that Meg was pregnant and realizes that it might have been his child. Then he might just want to get a little vengeance of his own. Given that they are the ones bailing him out of jail, it’s possible that the Mannings know about what he’s doing. Seanan pointed out that it’s very likely that Mr. Manning is an “eye for an eye” type of guy.
There ya go… our theory in a not-so-tiny nutshell. I know I talked about not wanting to be disappointed if it turns out not to be true but I have to say I’m not married to any of the details. I’m married to the idea. The idea that the baby might not be Duncan’s and the chlamydia the is vehicle by which we find out that. Again, this isn’t because I don’t want Duncan to be the father. I honestly don’t care about that part. Some part of me hopes that he is the father, even if I like my idea of why Meg would have unprotected sex with him and after she’d had sex with someone else. Still, the reason I want there to be doubt is because all those things that didn’t make sense about this story line before? Suddenly would. And when my friends who are watching it for the first time start to wonder what the hell is going on with this soap opera-ish baby story line, I can say, “Have faith, baby, HAVE FAITH.”
So, yeah, I do hope we’re not too far off the mark and the chlamydia thing doesn’t just become another spy pen.
ETA: References to comments made by RT in Austin and then repeated at the blogger set visit are included in the comments to this post.