Quote bukopandan: phyl fans may want to let the phreak off the hook, but there is much more to this. whether there is or isn't a statute of limitations of so-and-so-many years depends on the type of criminal act. attempted premeditated murder is simply not the same as other acts, including an unanticipated hit-and-run. states that are not backwards in thinking but are progressive continue to protect victims. phyl planned out her killing and chose the car as her weapon. she chose a weapon, disguise, knew where to find the intended victim, etc. that kind of crime carries a life sentence on many states and it could soon become so in wi. whatever the case, just as we see in real life, on situations where the law does not do right by a victim a trial not by jury but by the community would find the phreak guilty and she'd be shunned. it's hilarious to look back at the old scene that shows her in jail and haunted by all (but chris is not there b/c the actor did not come back to yr then) the people she hurt. that scene is about her own mind knowing what she did to people - paul shows up in that scene and calls her out on what she did. she did it. there is no whitewashing what she did. she tried to kill someone. what normal person does that!!
Yep, and in the real world I would agree. I would venture to bet however that Phyllis is not going to be sitting in a jail cell for the rest of her life. Unfortunately that is the only way some views will be happy. MS is too valuable to this show, along with many other actors whose characters have committed crimes and didn't pay their debt to society with a prison sentence that would match what they would have gotten in the real world. This incident will be addressed and I'm glad. Let's deal with it and move on from here.
and that is what i've said many times. there are a couple diehard phyl fans who keep saying back to posts like mine that we are lying and would not accept a storyline with consequences other than prison. most non-phyl fans want to see justice in some way (and i've talked before about phyl herself finally facing things, not by way of a prison term but really facing what she did - that could be powerful) and to also to see the writing be at the level it should be. anyone who's taken a single creative writing course knows that it is ludicrous that the hit-and-run would never be dealt with. if one of my writers turned in a story with an attempted murder and it was simply dropped from the piece, that person would receive a failing grade. there are various ways by which this story could be handled, and hopefully yr's staff is up to the challenge (any real writer would be chomping at the bit to work on this story).
Well it looks like MAB is going to address it and finally tie up those loose ends. It's not her fault that other writing teams have dropped the ball and left this issue hanging for so long. Whether or not people will be happy with the outcome or the way the story is handled remains to be seen.
Some Phaters (not all) will only be satisfied if she ends up in prison for the remaineder of the show, but based on the fact that Phyllis a pretty important character (among many, not saying she is the most important) I just don't see this storyline going in that direction.
I hope she will take responsibility for her actions in someway, that will really show growth in her character, and her personal story can move on from there. I know some people don't want to acknowledge that Phyllis has changed from when she first came on the show but from what I have seen in old clips on YouTube she was completely nuts, LOL. At this point I can't see her stripping off her clothes and getting in bed with a man who is asleep while said man is on vacation with his wife and pretending to be the wife, or renting a car and running someone down. She may be a little manic at times, and vindictive, but she has
grown and matured from the early days of her character.
You need to deal with the past before you can move forward and I think that's what is happening here. Either way I'm curious to see how it will play out.