Oh shit. This post is going to be unpopular.
Now before all you #Offspring and #TeamPatrick fanatics get on my case for what may seem like a heartless headline, please know I, too, am in your crew.
I, too, feel like a member of the Proudman family, such is my real love for this show, cast, characters and writing. Oh, the glorious writing!
I, too, felt my heart crumble into a million pieces when Dr Patrick died, last year. I bawled like a little baby, I wept like he was a real person. Irrational? Maybe. But we of the Offspring die-hard-fan-gang just feel all the feels with the show. ALL THE FEELS.
(You can read all about my greatest TV mourning moment here.)
And I, too, was relieved to hear that Dr Patrick would return as a figment of Nina’s wild imagination. Because then, he didn’t actually die! We actually still get to see our favourite
real-life TV couple be in love and lust and Dr Patrick didn’t actually die!
So Season 5 is finally here and Dr Patrick is Nina’s ghost. And call it a delayed reaction, but it’s finally hit me that Dr Patrick and Nina will never be together again. Because he did actually die.
At first, I loved the Ghost of Dr Patrick and thought the scenes with him and Nina were beautiful and very necessary. Of course they were – Nina lost her great love.
We She needed to mourn him. He needed to be everywhere.
But Wednesday’s episode showed that he still really was everywhere. The Ghost of Dr Patrick found himself in Nina’s bed during her first casual sex encounter and that’s when I kind of went… Oh God. He’s back.
The thing is, I know it’s only been six months since he died (here I am carrying on like he’s real again) and I know his constant reappearance in her imagination would probably happen in real life, for a very long time. Someone’s great love just can’t die and disappear from their life, their thoughts or their reality.
Love doesn’t die with a person.
Offspring, despite the fact that Dr Patrick died last year (which perhaps I haven’t yet forgiven the writers for. Soz) has always been my feel good while still pulling at my heart-strings show. It takes me to a place where I laugh and cry and laugh again because hilarious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… it’s my favourite ever television show and I love it greatly.
Dr Patrick seems to be popping up at the moments we used to enjoy on Offspring. Like Billy and Zara’s engagement. And Nina’s hilarious one-night-stand.
And even writing this, I know that in reality… these are the moments he would pop up. At other people’s happy times. At monumental occasions (first sex in many months).
But this is where I want it to be a show. I don’t want him to not exist anymore (because that wouldn’t be at all realistic. And it wouldn’t be Nina). I just don’t want to feel sad when I want to feel happy. And I don’t expect to feel happy all the time in Offspring. I just don’t want to be constantly reminded of the sadness I feel that Nina and Zoe are without Dr Patrick when it’s my feel good place.
Do you think The Ghost of Dr Patrick’s appearances are popping up at the most inopportune times? Or am I being a heartless cow?All comments read, appreciated and responded to. So thank you x