The piano ashtray implies that Laura DeRosa and Diane may have lived together for a while, in
between apartments, maybe ex-lovers. This would explain why she let her in
without caution, and takes the liberty to have an impolite hard tone on her. Switching
apartment, sharing personal objects, and having harsh words, understanding each other's
mood with few words (Diane doesn't bother to justify her mood and absence, Laura
doesn't bother to elaborate), is a proof of a long and somehow deep
relationship. If they were strangers, Diane wouldn't let her in, and bring the
stuff to her outside. Especially given the situation she is in.
If they were merely
switching apartments ... why? Is one bigger than the other? One could make the
case that Apartment 17 is a two-bedroom and that (even for a short period) Diane
had a roommate. This is pretty untidy as why would the woman in Apartment 12
also needed to switch. Further, if they simply did arrange a switch, why does
Diane have some of her stuff?
I think Diane first moved into #12 to be close to Camilla, who was living in #17 with the neighbor - as significant others or just roommates; you decide. Diane gradually started sleeping over with Camilla in #17; on those nights, the neighbor would sleep in #12. Diane may have been sleeping with Camilla with increasing frequency for weeks, months, or even years. Eventually, that became an every night affair, so the neighbor grudgingly said, "To hell with this; you take your stuff to #17; I'll take my stuff to #12; we'll trade leases, have the phone service transferred, and I won't have to look at your ugly face again." Very soon after the switch became official, Camilla either got her own apartment (perhaps on Havenhurst) or moved in with Adam. - (mdholic)
17 Sierra Bonita is originally Camilla’s apartment. Camilla is living there until she stars in
The Sylvia North Story, starts getting herself some money together, and meets Kesher. Now she can afford a better place, or even move in with Kesher … if they’re getting engaged it’s feasible.
Meanwhile, Diane arrived in LA and holed herself up somewhere worse (I don’t think that she’s been in LA that long) … perhaps the
Park Hotel. Camilla moves out of #17, but the rent is paid up for a certain amount of time, so Camilla lets her part-time girlfriend Diane (whom she met fairly recently on TSNS) move in there. Note how sparse Diane’s possessions seem to be: no TV shown etc, the place looks barely lived in recently – indicative of somebody who may have moved in from temporary accommodation such as a hotel.
In my view, the secret to understanding why they switched apartments comes from clues that hint at what happened while Diane was in Apartment #12. In the fantasy we are told that Camilla might have been Diane's roommate in the scene where Betty and Rita have tried calling the "D. Selwyn" in the phone book. "Maybe that's your roommate," Betty speculates. And since Rita and Betty essentially became roommates in the fantasy, this most likely was the case for Diane and Camilla in real life as well. At some point, while living together, they went from being friends to becoming lovers. Then Camilla finally got a lead role in a more mainstream film being directed by Adam Kesher. Because it was a mainstream movie, Camilla finally had enough money to pay for her own place. So she moves out of Diane's apartment, although Camilla does not officially break up with Diane yet. However, Diane is still devastated, and she begins to get very depressed about being alone in #12.
If she was traumatized by Camilla moving out and having flashbacks in #12 of her old roommate, Diane certainly may have thought that she too ought to move out of #12 so as not to be haunted by the memories of their former togetherness. Or perhaps she began seeing
the therapist we saw with Dan in the
Winkie's in the fantasy, and the therapist suggested that she move out of that apartment. Whichever scenario is the case, Diane probably asked her neighbor,
De Rosa who lived in #17, to switch apartments with her to help her distance herself from her obsessive memories about Camilla. Of course, she would not have asked
De Rosa if there had not been a friendly relationship between them. And De Rosa agreed out of compassion for Diane, but also with some level of disdain for Camilla, which I believe we see in her eyes when she gives Rita an uncomfortable look during the fantasy when Betty and Rita first meet her.
De Rosa was not entirely happy with the apartment switch because she saw that Diane was still in a relationship with Camilla, and she thought that was really the cause of Diane's problems.
DeRosa changed her appartment #17 with Diane's appartment #12. But why? What are the reasons that anybody would do such a thing? And how do we know that this is the truth?
When you combine these facts you got
the story: After the break up between Diane and Camilla, DeRosa sees a chance to
get in love with Diane. She is making Diane offers. Diane uses DeRosa to get
over Camilla. Maybe they got a sexual relationship. Diane is using the fact,
that DeRosa falls in love with her. She asks DeRosa, if they could change
appartments, because she is short of money. DeRosa agreed. She is hoping that
this will stick Diane to her. But after changing appartments, DeRosa realizes
that Diane isn't interested in her. It's a one way love. (I think most of us
have similary experiences.)
Diane is broken. A self-perceived failure. In her bid for stardom, her love life, even in her efforts to hold down a part time job at the local diner? She's facing up to having to return to Canada, a complete failure. The boxes in the apartment are not waiting to be unpacked, they're being packed up before she goes back home. The Lamp Lady knows Diane is off and wants her stuff back before she goes. - (blu)
If you look to the far left side, in the back, you'll notice a folded, unused box. The placement of the box does certainly suggest "yet to be used" rather than "previously used but empty," which to me further suggests an impending departure rather than a recent arrival. - (pclassic)
I think that part of the pilot and series was going to be a farce of incompetent hitmen and detectives. The hit on Rita/Camilla in the limo was botched, the detectives are shown to be dumb enough to not know the limo was a Lincoln instead of a Cadillac. Joe totally screws up the hit on Ed, he is successful but creates excessive collateral damage. I think the swap is another example, the shotgun hit was meant for De Rosa, the hitman went by the address and the sign just as Betty and Rita did and killed an innocent Diane Selwyn. Lynch could have left De Rosa and the switch talk out but he decided it fits somehow, and we just haven't figured that out. I don't think it has no answer, I think it is a hole that will be filled eventually because the switch could have been easily edited out. - (richdubbya)