Something I noticed about The Gang Saves the Day: Each member of the Gang fantasizes about how they would stop the robber in the convenience store in accordance with the delusional ideas they have about themselves. Mac becomes a badass, Dee becomes a famous actress, Charlie wins the Waitress, and Frank (who doesn’t really hold any delusions about himself) acts out his typical hedonistic desires by gorging on hot dogs while the gang is murdered. Everyone sees themselves as the hero and fulfills their dreams. However, Dennis doesn’t. In his fantasy, Dennis gets shot in the head. He wakes up in the hospital to then find out that the injury (somehow) has made him impotent and that the rest of the Gang has abandoned him. Yes, he gets nursed back to health by Jackie Denardo, but has to watch her get hit by a car the moment after he confesses his love for her. He then mercy-kills her in the hospital, an act which he does appear to enjoy. Still, it is another disappointment in a daydream that is oddly full of them. It’s interesting how Dennis, the man delusional and narcissistic enough to call himself a Golden God, loses so spectacularly in his own fantasy. It implies some serious insecurities and self-image issues buried beneath that arrogant exterior.
hey! so i know you're a big gay dennis fan and i had a thought earlier today that i wanted to send your way, because i'd love to hear your insight on it. what do you think of the symbolism of dennis' fantasy in the gang saves the day as it applies to him being gay? he's in love and happy with jackie, until she loses her breasts-- which dennis sees as a symbol of womanhood. when she loses that, he freaks out and kills her. that seems ripe for analysis to me, and i'd love to hear your thoughts!