That Showdog Moms & Dad chronicler Chris Eades is still at it, bless him, recounting and editorializing episodes in exacting detail, right down to commercial breaks. For example, who can forget this moment from last week’s show? You were there, and this is exactly what you saw and what you thought. Uncanny.
Ryan interviews privately that he thinks that Brandon uses him as an excuse for why he’s not succeeding. I don’t think that’s true. I think Brandon mostly beats up on himself. The better to draw the sympathy and attention onto himself. Then Brandon has his complete freak out and starts crying about how he was looking forward to this, but now can’t do it. Ryan tries to comfort him. I hate to laugh at another’s misfortune, but it’s still kind of funny when Brandon tries to talk and can only get out a word or two before he has to sob and gasp for air. It’s like a three-year-old trying to talk when they’re crying really hard. They can’t get the words out. And like a parent, Ryan gently pats Brandon’s head and tries to get him to drink from a bottle of water. I don’t know how Ryan puts up with him. See, Ryan’s the level-headed one, but he’s not assertive enough to put Brandon in his place when he starts being a drama queen. Ah, who cares. I’m sick of giving Brandon’s tantrums the attention he’s so desperate for. Let’s move on. The boys head off to bed as we head to commercials on the shot of the white lawn jockey outside.