I enjoyed parts of Manhattan, for example the reveal that Diane Keaton's character's 'sexually devastating' ex-lover was Wallace Shawn in full Wallace Shawn mode (kind of a dumb joke, but it still makes me laugh), and the cinematography (sorry!) But I was never interested in or sympathetic to Allen's character's "dilemma". I remember the first time I saw it being quite horrified that his 30-something friends are totally blase about him dating a schoolgirl - I'm pretty sure that even in the 70s that wouldnt just be socially accepted like that. Ugh, so vile.
I broke up with my ex over email about twelve times, because he kept responding with thousand-word essays as to Why I Shouldnt, so I sent one last breakup email then set up a filter so his emails didn't come to my inbox, but Gmail apparently sent him an email notifying him of that (wtf, Gmail?!) So he turned up at my house to Demand An Explanation, whereupon I flipped and yelled at him that he wasn't entitled to *any* explanation for anything. That actually kinda shut him up, wish I'd done it sooner. Anyway, after all that, the breakup finally took.
Ha! And people of her age cohort dare to accuse millenials of demanding 'instant gratification' and needing to have their hand held through everything?!? PROJECTION MUCH, LAZY BOOMERS?!?
Your boss sounds enraging too. In a normal work environment her incompetence would have her ass fired, but for some ridiculous reason (guilt? misplaced loyalty?) he's keeping her in and passing the day-to-day buck of putting out her fires to you. Sadly I know from experience how frequently shitty bosses allow situations like that to happen. Major sympathies!
She sounds like a classic case of learned helplessness, combined with a 'pass-the-buck' personality type. There's no reason that any person, at any age, of average (or even below average) intelligence can't learn the basics of office admin on a computer. She's just choosing not to. While I don't like the idea of seeing people as obsolete, it really makes me mad that this woman has a secure position due to connections, while young interns with a jillion tech abilities are expected to work for free (in some industries)
That episode also contains one of my favourite Ted-Dougal exchanges:
Dougal: Did you ever see that film, Ted, where your man has his head transplanted onto a fly, and the fly's head was transplanted onto the man?
Ted: Oh, yes... what was it called...?
Dougal: Out Of Africa, I think. Anyway, your man has the head of the fly and he's chasing his wife all over the place and she's hiding the jam and everything so he won't get stuck in it...
Ted: I'll have to stop you there, Dougal.
Dougal: Yes, Ted?
Ted: No reason. I just have to stop you
"Thou shalt not take moochers into thy hut"
Ah Diana Athill. Always so relentlessly reasonable about the Big Scary Stuff.