Stan Bowes is a family man who has always worked hard to provide for his loving wife and children, however, while searching for a reprieve from the artifice of his life, he begins a relationship with Angel.
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Returning to his home, Stan made note of a wall drawing, in which Patty informed him that Amanda had begun acting out. In the middle of their conversation, he was told that as the children got older, she planned to have an official divorce.
Later in the night, he revisited Angel outside the Ballroom. Stan attempted to sway her to be with him and run away from her life. Instead, he received rejection for his notions of "escape," soon leaving when she returned to the ball with Blanca.
Stan appears to want the “American Dream,” hoping to provide for his family and keep up appearances, though he claims this is but an effort to further secure his ability to provide for his family. Somehow he wishes to rectify this with his desire for Angel and what she represents.
Stan about himself to Angel: 'I'm no one. I want what I'm supposed to want, I wear what I'm supposed to wear, and I work where I supposed to work. I stand for nothing. I've never fought in a war and I probably won't ever have to, 'cause the next one's gonna kill us all. I can buy things I can't afford, which means they're never really mine. I don't live. I don't believe. I accumulate. I'm a brand — a middle-class white guy.'
- Patty Bowes: Married for years, Stan held the middle-cass lifestyle with Patty in New Jersey. Though the two have two children in their marriage, the two break when Matt Bromley informed her of an affair. Gradually, the marriage began to crumble, Stan putting forth a pending divorce.
- Angel: Stan begins a complicated romantic interest in Angel after accepting a job at Trump Tower. Between work and family obligations, he ventures the Pier and flowers Angel in gifts and professes his love for her and her "realness." Diving deeper into their relationship and being exposed to ball culture, he initially becomes distant towards her but, in an effort to win her affection back, put forth effort to divorce his wife Patty and "rescue" Angel from the life of the balls.
- Matt Bromley: Matt started out as Stan’s superior, and he was a type of mentor and confidante on the subject of having a mistress. However, this dynamic and thus their relationship became strained when Stan showed early signs of success in the workplace, prompting Matt to act out in envy.