There's never a bad time to get some post-finale intel on a good Nicktoon. In a new conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Doug creator Jim Jinkins has revealed that he's got thoughts about where his series' protagonist and the apple of his eye, Patti Mayonnaise, ended up together:
“It doesn’t happen because, really, most people don’t end up with their first love. ... But then again, maybe I do do it! There isn’t some rule! It’s not in the Bible. It’s just that most people don’t. I don’t know the answer yet. But I would predict that what I would do is make it where Patti is maybe not married, but in a serious relationship."
With no movie or revival in place, Jinkins has merely drafted "assorted [Doug] stories and scenes that would get viewers up to date." Among them is "the scene," the one between Doug and Patti at a 10-year reunion. EW writes that "Doug (much like Jinkins) is a freelance artist living in the big city. Skeeter’s his roommate, Judy’s performing off Broadway, Porkchop’s (inexplicably) alive."
Jinkins' idea for the continuation of Doug and Patti's love story is a reflection, like the show's title character, of his own life. Around the time of his own 10-year reunion, Jinkins learned "the real Patti" still held sway over his heart... but that she was married. We don't know how it turned out for Jinkins, but we know how it might go for Doug:
“Meanwhile, Doug has this friend of his, a girl, who he’s always pouring his heart out to about how [Patti’s] killing him. And naturally, I guess maybe it’s a little predictable, but that’s the one. That’s the one he’s comfortable enough to bear his soul to in his next phase of life, that he discovers he’s in love with and didn’t even know it. My guess is that it would be something like that.”
Listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast talk old-school children's shows and whether they'd fly in today's landscape at the 20:50 mark in the episode below: