FlyingFish wrote:"What If" time!
Let's say Karen wasn't around/able to keep Aggie from pursuing Marshall, and she caught him. Would it quickly come crashing down like Sara's kiss of Marshall (having a thing is not so pleasing as wanting it, turns out), or would Aggie have held onto the dream and ignored/denied the reality that she was, you know, gay? If the latter, how long would she have held out, either due to lack of conscious awareness or refusal to disappoint Marshall by leaving?
Or is Aggie, in fact, bisexual after all, or at least gay plus Marshall, sufficiently to make it work?
Aggie's sexual attraction to Marshall was definitely real (there's no way I could conclude anything else after looking at Gisele's renditions of Aggie-in-lust). As I said earlier, Marshall is her big exception to her primary orientation, and she is Penny's.
It would take an unusual set of circumstances for Aggie to snag Marshall. Karen got him by having a friendly relationship with him first at the gym, and then coaxing him very gently through the early stages, never setting off his issues with trust and intimacy until she finally got impatient about sex. It's hard to imagine Aggie playing it so cool, especially since the only person she knew who could coach her in such things would be Penny, during the time when they truly despised each other. But let's say something unusual DID happen: perhaps Marshall witnessed Nick have a scary, near-fatal accident. That'd put a damper on Aggie's giddy behavior around Marsh for a bit, and give him a reason to keep checking up on her and trying to cheer her up. And then they'd go on a sort-of-but-not-really-a-date, and then Aggie would ask him to stay and snuggle on their front porch a while...
Had that happened, the relationship would've at least had a good month. Maybe even a good year. When Marshall commits, he commits. And Aggie would be pretty committed too. Aggie would have an easier time than Karen respecting his boundaries (she'd want to take sex slow, herself), and she'd certainly never lie to him about who she was, or do something he absolutely couldn't sanction. The thing is that Aggie always had a tough time seeing Marshall as a person instead of an ideal in a pretty package, and so when it became necessary for her to truly understand his problems, she might not have been able to. And since Aggie and Marshall were largely loners (Aggie grew more social later), they'd be unlikely to have the network of friends that you need to give you perspective about when your boyfriend's being a dick and when he just needs space and when you need to show you care about him, "space" be damned. The odds would be against its long-term survival, but it'd leave some sweet memories in any case.