…Wait, so she just took off with Shizuka and left Jounouchi behind with his alcoholic father? I mean, fine, I can understand why she’d want to leave her husband but why did she only take one kid with her? Did she only have custody of one? And Honda makes it sound like Jou hasn’t seen her much, if at all, since then. Did she just not bother checking up on him or having him visit on weekends or something?
You have a lot of explaining to do, lady. You’d better do it later in this episode because I don’t remember what your deal is. :\
Maybe it was part of the deal? Maybe Jou was such a nice kid that went “no, somebody needs to watch after this asshole.”? But yeah
Jou is an amazing guy. During mid-school he was part of a gang, getting into fights and even learning how to lock-pick. And then on high school he got a permission of the school to work. He delivered newspapers before class during the entire series (well, as much as possible anyway).
Maybe he wouldn’t have been part of a gang, had his mother not abandoned him with an alcoholic, abusive asshole such as his father? I remember that she looked at him negatively in the hospital with Serenity, if I remember correctly… So I think she left him there on purpose and never visited him. I think she looks at him as a trouble-making kid, but maybe he wouldn’t be one, had she taken him with her.
ORRRRRRRR maybe it was not an issue of ‘oh he’s trouble i’ll just leave him with his dad because i’m so done with those men’.
Maybe she just simply couldn’t afford to take both the kids with her. It seems like Jou’s father didn’t have a decent job that could pay the growing expenses of Shizuka’s medical bills, and then when he started drinking finances really took a turn for the worse. I’m not certain that they did get a divorce, because no court would leave Jou with a drunk father and it would cost too much money between them to go through the trial. It looks like she just up and ran with as much as she could carry, and I don’t blame her. Maybe she just got so scared for her sickly daughter that she decided she’d leave and later come back to Jou.
(And why wouldn’t Jou’s dad care too much about Shizuka going? Why would he not sue for custody of her? He saw her as a financial burden. He was probably grateful that she was taken and not Jou.)
She may have also filled out a restraining order on Jou’s dad (because based on what I’ve seen he got violent when he was drunk); maybe she didn’t because she feared retaliation. Jou’s dad may have had physical custody of Jou since his mother up and left, which ironically could have made his mother look like the negligent one. I’m not a lawyer, so I really can’t say anything about legal aspects on this. Again, it really does look like she ran without filing for divorce.
As for her leaving him with his father because she thought he was a punk, I don’t think that’s the case. I went back and rewatched that episode, and Jou’s mother seems to be genuinely regretful for leaving Jou with his dad. She’s hesitant to greet him because what do you say to a child you left behind, but still smiles at him even as battered as he is.
I’m not saying that what she did was right. Far from it. Even if finances are limited, a mother’s first concern in that situation should be for all her children in addition to her own welfare. I’m only pointing out that there could be other circumstances behind why Jou’s mother had to leave him with his dad that aren’t related to her views on Jou, and why Jou never really got to see his womenfolk growing up.
I’m agreeing with you on this one, Kohaku. I like a lot of White Pedal’s stuff on FFN, but she basically vilified Joey’s mother and that just isn’t fair. She made mistakes, certainly, but humans do that all the time and I’m sure she regrets leaving him there. Maybe she couldn’t officially get custody of him because the divorce wasn’t official and Joey’s father might have had a way of smooth-talking the authorities, enough for them to leave things be. There are people who can do that, and before you say “He couldn’t think that clearly when he’s drunk,” I will say that it’s unlikely he drank starting when he woke up every single day. We just never see him sober. Please, don’t vilify the mother without all the facts. I’m inclined to forgive Sandra Wheeler (my own name for her. Feel free to use it if you go with dub names).