Watching way too much retro TV this weekend when I should be reading and writing. But last week’s long relentless stress from all angles, to the point that I felt like a baby harbor seal dodging clubs, left me with no alternative than to veg out and regress back to the days when everything was normal. Normal ish.I almost felt bad for Eddy Haskell today. Everyone knows he’s a phony. Ward knows. Barbara Billingsly knows. Heck, Wally even knows. But he stands by his best friend. Puzzling perhaps, and perhaps someone could write, or has already written a doctorate thesis on The Eddy Haskell Syndrome and the Wally’s Who Love Them. So I won’t do that here. You’re welcome.
I almost felt bad for Eddy because he thinks the only way he can get attention is by making others look bad. Like the Beav, who Wally loves like a good brother should, telling him when he is acting like a creep versus sticking up for him against his best friend-bully. I almost felt bad for Eddy because he feels like he must act like, well, Eddie Haskell. He knows that he is merely tolerated at best. But he’s too proud to admit his failings and appear normalish. The facade is too important, and really holds a life of its own, leaving poor Eddy as an empty shell. Eddy the Narcissist is another thesis out there waiting to be written.
No I’m not high. I sound like it though don’t I? I just find it interesting that there are still Eddy Haskells out there in our world 50 years later. And we all know they are phony. And while this is not tolerable to many in our personal relationships, this “Haskelling” is okay and seen as almost admirable In the corporate and political worlds we live in. People who can criticize others and change allegiance are not looked upon as cowards so long as they get us what we want. Because Results are what count. We follow these bullies because they are our bullies. At least for the moment. Until the next election or corporate reorg.
One thing about Eddy though. He didn’t get the results. He never achieved anything except mild tolerance on Leave it to Beaver. I think they were trying to teach us something about morality. They failed though, as today’s Eddys are all around us. And because we let them get results for us instead of calling them out.
Wally should have known better. Look what he started.
Stay tuned for our next episode entitled The Brady Bunch and Latent Homosexuality
- ‘Leave It to Beaver’ Lawsuit – SAG/AFTRA Has To Pay (lafilmreview.com)