Dee Dee is an “opportunist” of the highest order; when her career on Broadway comes under assault by vicious reviews of her Eleanor Roosevelt, she immediately seeks a way to save face and change her public image for the better. She decides to go all out in a glorious showy display for a lesbian teenager who “just wants to take her girlfriend to the prom” and shows up ready to perform… but “it’s not about me, of course.” She’s put off by the hotel’s lack of sensory pleasures an amenities (no spa, no suite, and nobody is impressed by her Tony awards). She admits that she has been rubbish in love, because she took her boyfriend at face value and assumed him sincere, when in reality “he was just after my money… and walked away with half of it.” Plus, he wants the house in the Hamptons. Barry is doing this for the greater good, but Dee Dee… is working the system. She sees this kid as her meal ticket to fame, fortune, and improved status in the community. It doesn’t occur to her that this is a meaningful ordeal or the emotional dynamics involved, until she sees Emma mistreated and left out, and admits that this sucks. She doesn’t get particularly emotionally involved and has no real interest in helping on a genuine “human being” level until the others goad her into it. She admits to the man she’s starting to fall for that she needs someone to “teach me how to be human.” Dee Dee is using Fe just to get people to rally around a cause to feed her own ego; she is faking what she does not feel for the praise, attention, and sense of community it builds.

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Self-confident to the extreme and a narcissist the rest of the time, Dee Dee expects to impress everyone with her long career in musicals, her numerous Tony Awards (and other awards), and her glamorous personality. When she hears a bad review that trashes her, at first she tries to change it in her mind to something more positive (“Well, that wasn’t so bad…”) and then admits that it hurts, and instantly starts thinking about how to improve her public persona. Most of her songs are about how highly she thinks of herself and she has to remind herself not to make “it all about me.” She can be picky, bitchy, elitist, and uncaring until the others teach her to help simply because it’s the nice thing to do.