I think the reason David didn't leave the rose is a little more subtle than that. In the episode, he had just been handed a pretty rough lesson about showing your feelings very openly and quickly. It's more than playing a joke on Maddie because she hadn't wanted to admit her jealousy of his girlfriend. Although that is part of it, and a nice way to end the episode with a clever scene after the preceding 'down' theme, that's not the whole story. A rose (especially one by itself!) is generally an overt romantic statement, and combined with the note, which poked fun at himself as well, David may have suddenly realized it looked like he was saying more than he wanted to say at the moment.
Remember, the note said (something to the effect) "Maybe you're right, maybe I am an idiot sometimes"--and he wasn't too keen to remind himself of the fact that he'd been beaten to the truth by two people, one (Maddie) who was trying to help him and the other (Jillian) who used him. (The title of the episode is ironic--David didn't really know his former girlfriend too well at all.) He'd just been on an emotional roller-coaster ride and he had to be sore about it. David always hid things like this by kidding around. Maybe, for once, the subject was just a touch too funny for jokes.
Post by maddieaddisonjr on Jul 9, 2008 8:15:34 GMT -5
Originally, I just didn't understand why he couldn't have left the note and the rose for her. It didn't seem like such a big deal and would have been sweet on his part and after all Maddie was right. Now after reading queensgirl's post above, I agree that it must not have been merely a simple gesture for David.