It’s been around 25 years since Doug premiered on Nickelodeon and its creator Jim Jinkins gave an interview to EW about it. Jim gave some insight into his inspiration for Doug along with the other characters on the show and as you can probably guess he took inspiration from his own life to mold the characters , especially with Doug being modeled after himself. He had this to say
“I’ve written the scene,” Jinkins tells EW, referring to one major moment that would answer the question Jinkins’ is constantly asked — whether Doug and his lifelong crush, Patti, end up together.
What happened to the love of Doug’s life? That’s where Jinkins’ tale about his surprise reconnection with the real Patti Mayonnaise comes in. If you want to know what happens to Doug, you must first find out what happened to Jim
It’s my ten-year reunion, and I didn’t go. I was in New York working like crazy as a freelancer and just trying to make it there. And I got a phone call in New York and it’s Patti. The real Patti. And my heart’s beating fast. She’s like, ‘I was at the reunion! You weren’t!’ and I was like, ‘Yeah…sorry…I had to work.’ And she goes, ‘I found out you live in New York. Guess what—I do, too!’ And she told me where she lives. We lived across Central Park from each other. And she says, ‘Why don’t you come over for dinner?’
So now we’re in a Doug show. I’m like, what do I wear? What will she look like!? All that’s happening as I’m walking across Central Park to her apartment, just wondering and just hoping, all those things. I was, at the time, very available.
I get to the door, and you get buzzed up in New York, and so I walk up to the apartment and I hear the lock turn—it’s getting ready to happen—and she opens the door, and she’s perfect. Just perfect. She just looks spectacular and she’s so happy, and her arms fly up and we hug, and I’m just like [frightened guttural gasping noises]. She backs up and she goes ‘Look, Jimmy! Boobs! I got my boobs!’ [Laughs.] It sounds like I’m making this up, right? And I’m like, ‘Yeah… yeah, uh huh!’ ‘Yeah, they always used to call me Flatty Patti, but look!’ And she was just funny and fun and innocent, but it’s like Doug and Patti together again, ten years later, right?
So this is all wonderful, right? And then she wheels and goes, ‘Oh, Jimmy, I want you to meet my husband.’
And I don’t even remember the rest of the evening.
Come on Jim, tell me she didn’t like your hair, or your outfit, that your charisma was lacking , that you were too short , that she just didn’t vibe with you but don’t tell me you never tried back in the day. No wonder you ‘very’ available with an attitude like that. You were like that guy in a pickup game that refuses to look at the basket and just passes it. That’s not how you go about booking a trip to Motorboat Bay Jim.
To add insult to injury it turned out that the girl of his dreams has basically been right across the street from him for years without his knowledge. If that’s not some twisted karmic iorny I don’t know what is. What a roller coaster of emotions that must have been for him , I would pay good money to see what his face must have looked like when he first saw after all those years then seconds later when she went to introduce him to her husband. The regret must have been pouring over him like the cold, frigid waters crashing down upon the rocks at Niagra falls. He was so discombobulated he couldn’t remember the rest of the night and I don’t blame because who would want to.
After reading that story it just reaffirms what I have always thought and that is you have to ‘shoot your shot’ when you get the chance, just let it fly. Because you will only have regret if you don’t. So don’t be like Jim Jinks kids and remember to always shoot your shot.