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The "I just want you to be yourself" scene


Happens when Mabel returns home, she's acting very calm, trying to "not get too excited". After she consoles her father, Nick takes her upstairs and tells her to just be herself and to give him a crazy "ba-ba" noise.

Why did Nick do this? It seems like he didn't like the new, calm, Mabel. Did he want her to be crazy Mabel or was there some other Mabel he knew, sort of crazy but sort of something else (loving perhaps), that he was not seeing?

It seemed like he wanted her to be crazy Mabel but I thought that was the last thing he would have wanted.

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I think he's having an internal struggle and is at crossroads. He loves Mabel and wants her to be herself but when she is she'll take it too far sometimes and he's right back where he was, blowing up. In the end he chooses to continue putting himself in this situation out of his sheer love for her.

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Gotcha, him being at a crossroads makes total sense, thanks for the reply!

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The point is he realized he made a mistake by getting her hospitalized. He loved her just the way she was. He doesn't like this new dosed Mabel.

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