Ok, so I know that this scenario should not be put out into the universe, but I was watching Emily Blunt in Your Sister’s Sister the other day and it had me thinking. How do you think it would have played out between Dan and Amy if Dan had accidentally gotten Sophie pregnant? Do you think Dan and Amy would have been able to work it out and still end up together? Do you think Sophie and Amy’s relationship could be mended after that? 1/2
Would you ever consider writing a fic based on that scenario, with them working through or attempting to avoid all the emotions? I would love to see your take since you really get the characters. And I am here for all the angst.
Congratulations, you have just identified what was my nightmare scenario for season six. It was unlikely, but I kept thinking that, with season 5 being so short, it was entirely possible that Sophie was pregnant and simply didn’t know about it yet when the season ended.
As for how it would play out, I think you would be looking at something of a horror show. The emotional maturity that the characters in My Sister’s Sister eventually find (according to Wikipedia anyway) seems well beyond anything Dan or Amy are capable of.
I think it’s a safe assumption that Sophie would have continued any such pregnancy, and I don’t think Amy would have taken it well at all. One of her most consistent traits is a rather…resentful tendency. As in, I’m sure Dan deserved every bit of the loathing she threw at him in the early seasons…but even so, she really did hold on to that grudge for a LONG time.
With Amy’s parents probably feeling duty-bound to support Sophie (and, more pertinently, Sophie’s children, who don’t exactly have a lot of choice in the matter), I think you could easily be looking at a situation where Amy is permanently at least semi-estranged from her own family. Especially as – while she’s been thinly written – Sophie doesn’t strike me as being conciliating in any real way.
Whether or not she would have jumped into an engagement with Buddy (which seems at least likely to me – she might even have gone ahead and married him), I think her getting as far away from DC as possible is more than likely. (Maybe she, like Ben, would have gone to work in Silicon Valley – she’d hate it, but she would probably be successful)
As for Dan…things on his side are even worse, if that’s possible. Like, with the way things have played out…at least he loves Amy (shallow though that feeling may be) and cares about her wellbeing and wants to keep her near him. He didn’t appear to have ANY positive feelings about Sophie.
And needless to say, if Dan blames Sophie for continuing the pregnancy and thus driving Amy away from him (something I think he would have acknowledge had happened a lot sooner in this scenario than in canon), it’s hard to imagine him being anything close to a decent parent to their child.
Don’t get me wrong – he’s never going to be a GREAT father, and he’s definitely never going to be a Good man, but I think he can become a better one – if he’s with Amy. She warms him up enough that with her influence there’s at least a slim chance that he’ll become close to recognisably human. I don’t think that’s at all likely in a when Sophie’s the mother of his child.
Best case scenario, he abandons them both and sends a monthly check. Worst case scenario, he takes his resentment over losing Amy out on both Sophie and the kid, tormenting them in the way we all know he can. It’s not a remotely pleasant prospect to think about.
Whether Dan COULD win Amy back seems open to question. On the one hand, I think he was being a lot more intelligent with Amy in season 6 than the show ever acknowledged. Yes, he is an ASS throughout, but he seems to have reeled her back in quite effectively – and part of that, I think, was his not pushing on things Amy didn’t want to talk about. As in, Dan never addressed the massive elephant in the room (Amy ghosting him for Buddy), and continued to be his apparently self-absorbed self until the moment she let herself properly relax around him – and then he pounced. (Now that’s only my interpretation – you could argue that maybe he just didn’t care – but I think the balance of probabilities indicates that he cared a LOT, he was just being more careful with her than usual).
It’s an interesting scenario to think about for fic, because I don’t think Dan’s softly-softly approach would stand a chance of working – he would have to be willing (and have the emotional maturity) to be a LOT more declarative about his feelings than he has ever been in the show, but Amy wouldn’t have a single reason to believe him.
However, I think there’s one huge obstacle to them ever getting back together that would be hard to navigate around. Which is that Amy wants children. And however much she might love Dan, I think she would still baulk at the prospect of having a child with someone who had impregnated her sister.
That’s not to say it’s impossible – but Dan would have to give her a damn good reason for ever giving him the time of day again…and I’m not sure what that might be. (And I should say find the thought of writing anything where Dan treats a child as badly as he undoubtedly would treat his child with Sophie…rather unappealing).