Over the past few weeks, gaaaaaaah! Life is crazy!!! So I haven’t really sat down and concentrated on something to review-review since Ms Marvel. But there are some random things I can talk about just to get a post up and get my brain working again.
Podcast that MUST Become a Romance Movie About Two Decent People Victimized By the Same Scam Artist!
I spent the whole drive to my sister’s and back again binging this podcast “Something Was Wrong”. It’s fascinating, it’s a series of first person stories of really crazy relationship abuse. Crazy like unbelievably complicated and confusing gaslighting and lies. And there was one season that feels like this couple of victims could actually end up in love in reality and they certainly are in love in my fanfic.
In the real story, this woman is 30 years old and about to get her MBA and ready to have kids and settle down. She meets a seemingly perfect guy, he’s British, he’s in residency after med school, he is also ready to have kids, and he’s charming and sweet and loving and nice to her family and everything good. The relationship moves quickly, he is about to go on a volunteer trip for 3 months and gives her an ultimatum that he will stay if she asks him to stay, he says “I love you” really early on, and then he proposes. Meanwhile, her family is increasingly unsure about him, even suggests he may not really be in residency because someone they know at the hospital doesn’t know him. But she is all in. And then bam, she gets pregnant. And after that, she is sort of locked in. She knows from shortly after the baby is born that this was a mistake. But also shortly after the baby is born, he starts talking about how maybe he should take the baby away, maybe the baby would be better without her. He apologizes after he says it every time, but it sticks with her. So she stays in this horrible relationship, knowing he is using her for her salary, knowing she is essentially a single parent, knowing she doesn’t love him at all, because it’s easier to just keep going than to risk a custody battle.
Meanwhile, there is a man who is married to his college sweetheart. They’ve been together for years and have two young children. The kids are finally both in school so his wife (who has been a stay at home Mom) can have a little freedom. He offers to watch the kids one night a week while she goes out with her girlfriends. And then she comes back one night and tells him she met a guy at a bar. This guy is amazing, he’s a millionaire, he’s British, he’s a doctor. She is all twirly and happy about it and her husband is like “uh, excuse me? We’re married?” but it’s as though she doesn’t even care. Her husband is ready to stick it out because they have two kids, so they go into marriage counseling and everything, but at the same time she is still seeing this other guy on the side. It’s back and forth and exhausting and finally he gives up and asks for a formal separation. It’s still exhausting, because the guy is beginning to be threatening to the husband and his wife, he’s afraid for his kids, his wife says she is going to leave and come back to him and then changes her mind, and on and on and on. And in the middle of this he starts doing some internet research and manages to track down the guys “ex-fiancee and mother of his child” and reaches out to her family who says “YES! We have been trying to get her to leave him for ages! Please come and talk to her.”
In the conversation between woman 1 and this guy and his wife they learn that not only was he cheating, he was never in med school, isn’t even British, is a scam artist who makes money by lying and cheating and threatening law suits, and also pulling women into his web and living off of them. It’s crazy and also a massive relief for the first woman, FINALLY she has enough to feel safe leaving him as she has wanted to for years.
On his side, it doesn’t work out as he hoped, he brings his wife to learn that her “boyfriend” has been living with/off of another woman this whole time, and his wife doesn’t seem to really react. On the other hand, this other woman is the first person to ask him “how are you doing with all of this?”. After one meeting, they are instant best friends. They talk every day, they are the only people who share this crazy story. They help each other with their respective court cases, they bond over fear for their kids, they are a mutual support system.
So, that’s the real story. Horrible conman traps woman by getting her pregnant, and then seduces other woman and traps her husband because he is tied to her through their kids. Husband and first woman become best friends, defenders, rescuers, mutual support system. But really, this has to be a romance, right? If I were to make it a movie, I would have:
First woman: Anushka Sharma
Husband: Ranveer Singh
Tricked Wife: Taapsee Pannu
Evil Conman: Vikrant Massay
And in a much clearer simpler conversation topic, check out Dips in her new motion poster!