101.14 SYNOPSIS: Grace tells Ben that Olive had to go to therapy to deal with his and Cal’s loss.
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Cal receives a pretzel
CAL: Dad, can I have a pretzel?
BEN: Pretzel? I guess. Here you go, buddy.
Olive receives therapy
BEN: I need a job. If we luck into this treatment, chances are it’s gonna cost a fortune, and work insurance won’t pay for it.
Straight white male normalcy
Ben has a momentary, mostly silent, melt down, as the assaults on his protective veneer of straight white male normalcy continue to add up. Now he has a wife who survived just fine without him, and a daughter who’s insulted him by needing serious amounts of therapy. These are both outside of normal parameters, but at opposite ends of the spectrum. What’s a guy who’s clinging to his state of denial to do?
BEN: She goes to therapy?
GRACE: Yeah. Twice a week. For years now. Early on, she didn’t even want to leave the house, let alone ride in a car or go to school. She couldn’t have sleepovers ’cause of the nightmares. I mean, most of that’s gone now, thank God.
BEN: She grew up too fast.
GRACE: She had no choice.
Blood, sweat and tears