Thank you. Like, let’s be clear, sleeping with women and manipulating their feelings for political gain is a whole lot creepier than sleeping with them just because you want to sleep with them. And I know we’re annoyed with Dan, but Amy has not told him she wants to be with him. First ep, she told him the opposite. Tonight she got close but still didn’t. And since Dan didn’t pick up on why she was disappointed during the “we could still be great” scene, I think she has to for him to get it.
While I agree with 90% of what you’ve said, I’m not about to morph into Dan Egan apologetics. At the very fucking least, he owes Amy an actual conversation about the pregnancy and next steps – and that would be the case whether they had any kind of relationship or not. And a conversation means he has to listen to her, not just assume she’ll go along with whatever he happens to want.
And as for their relationship – yes, Amy hasn’t come straight and said “I love you and I want to be with you,” but do you really believe for one second that Dan has no idea how she feels? I mean, the man literally built his career on his ability to manipulate women who love him – are we really supposed to believe his powers of evil deserted him now, in his hour of greatest need? Not only that, we’ve seen him calm Amy down from near hysteria with just two sentences, one of them a bad joke. He knows her very, very well.
If Dan doesn’t know that there are bigger issues at stake here than the precise timing of Amy’s clinic visit, than it’s because he doesn’t want to know.
“sleeping with women and manipulating their feelings for political gain is a whole lot creepier than sleeping with them just because you want to sleep with them.”
But this, one hundred percent. That’s how Dan was introduced, and I feel like in any other television show that degree of calculated manipulation would make him the out and out villain – it’s an incredibly cold and intimate form of exploitation. Like, Amy had good reason to hate him so much early on in the show.
Though having said that, I always found the first season’s implication that Dan only had sex for his career rather questionable – men who don’t enjoy sex for its own sake don’t tend to have bristling sexual tension with coworkers. I suspect in reality he was never quite as manipulative as he thought he was being – which is probably why, as he’s risen up the career ladder, we’ve seen less and less of that kind of behaviour… because fewer women reach those career milestones, there are less opportunities for him to take advantage of, and he’s stopped going out of his way to create them.