tv:breaking bad

Breaking Bad has made me understand one thing very clearly. All the money in the world, all the providing / scheming for the future can’t replace “I love you”.

Caring for someone isn’t all about planning and preparing for the worst case scenario. Fuck it. It’s about living and cherishing every moment as if it’s your last.

You can give someone the perfect problem-free life, but if that’s all you’re able to do… you’re basically just another rich asshole with a lot of money. Nothing special about that.

Saying “I love you”, living in the moment, cuddling under the stars, laughing, kissing, telling bad jokes, laying in the sunshine… that’s meaningful.

When you get past her screeching responses to humor, Janice has never actually deserved our hatred. She’s never been anything but kind to the Friends and she was willing to give Chandler a shot when he was literally openly saying how much he despised her and basically just using her for sex and as a fallback. She’s also the only one who’s consistently willing to laugh at his terrible jokes, but that just seems to make him more full of hatred. In one episode, she helps him pack his apartment and move, even though he’s just lying to her. In another, she seeks comfort with Ross after their mutual divorces, and is treated like a garbage monster for sleeping with him … even though she and Chandler hadn’t been an item for a very long time. At Chandler’s request. Because he wanted nothing to do with her.

And about that time she cheated on Chandler? She made out with her husband, who she was in the process of divorcing. They actually end up getting back together, which means that, if anyone is an intruding third party, it’s Chandler.

Even if she hadn’t, Chandler never treated her like anything but a disposable pile of Long Island accents. He constantly dumped her at the slightest whim and repeatedly lied to her. If anything, kissing her husband was the best decision she made; she was getting with a person who wanted to be with her, unlike Chandler, a sentient ball of self-loathing and shit-talking made manifest.

Janice is just a regular person whose main flaw is that she gives Chandler the benefit of doubt too often, and she is absolutely demonized for it.

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