okay but lemme just start real quick on how much I hate how the characters treated Shane McKay’s disability. First of all, Spike being ashamed to tell Emma that her father had gotten hurt and suffered severe mental health problems because of it??? Like, idk it seems like she was embarrassed that someone she used to date wound up like that and that’s so rude to me. Like, I’d get if he was a drug addict or something, to want to keep that from Emma, but he took a drug once, had a bad trip, and got injured from it.
It’s just…the attitude of most of the characters that interact with him is like, “He’s to blame for all of this and is a bad person.” which, to an extent, is true. He made the decision to take LSD and fall/jump from the bridge, but that one mistake just happened to have a detrimental consequence. If he’d just done LSD once, and hadn’t gotten hurt from it, would Spike have allowed him in Emma’s life? Probably.
I get that their attitude is probably a plot device. Like, by the end of Father Figure, this seems to have changed a little bit. It’s just…you’d think Spike would be more understanding??? idk.