I thought that was pretty cool too. Tina is one of my favorite characters and it is a tragedy that she was not included in the film. Especially considering how mean Lily is for half of it.
And it’s true, Movie Michael is cute but doesn’t compare to Book Michael. Disney got the eccentricity down, but not the brilliance of his mind lol.
LOLL don’t you wonder if that was the plan all along, and Cabot just added in all of those little bits about her disdain for the chili boy to mess with us (I would have liked to see it onscreen too). I love it when authors/screenwriters bring peripheral characters to the forefront.
ETA I also like when Lily ended up dating Boris after they’d both spent a year picking on him and his tendency to tuck his sweater in. And then he got all hot over one summer. THAT is life right there