Original U.S. Air Date: 6 March 2009
This looks like it’s an episode about cyberbullying but, really, it’s about the ways that a patriarchal system divides our young women and pits them against each other. Good clean fun.
Also, Peter learns how to imitate caring for a…
Yeah, Mr. Stone is truly awful. He’s as selfish and terrible as Peter, perhaps even more so, since his actions affect his ex-wife and his children. I mean, isn’t he the source of Peter’s camera, car, and reduced sentence? Everything that indulges his selfish tendencies? In real life, it can be foolish to “blame” a parent for their child but Mr. Stone is Peter’s origin story. Manny alludes to this way back in Venus when she jokes that Peter’s dad must be Satan.
And there is what would be a touching moment when Peter tells Mia that he not only cares about his sister but he fears becoming his father, a far cry from the boy that used to cite his dad casually, like he was something to aspire to. All of this is to say that I dismissed that entire subplot outright not because it didn’t have something to say or an interesting story to tell, but because it literally pained me to see through its scenes.