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Tough Love

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Tough Love

Cameron is all not schoolin' sitting on the couch with headphones on, but no music playing or Walkman that we can see. He turns when he hears the door open. It's Mitch, and he asks Cameron to "take that upstairs." The Walkman? Whatever. Cam gets up to go, but starts jaw-clicking and mouth-breathing, so we know he's gotta get something off his chest. He takes off the headphones and says, "I'm sorry." He's developed a lisp. He says he's not going to end up like Steve. "I know," Mitch says, "I'm not going to let you." Cam says he wants to go back to school. Mitch says they'll work on that, but he's "going to be tough" on Cam. He's got his hands on his hips to show just how tough he's going to be. Say the next line with me: "But just 'cause I'm tough on you Cam, doesn't mean I don't love you." Tongue...thickening... "As long as you don't give up on me." Stomach...clenching... "Not even." Throat...tightening... Cam gives his over-toothy grin and I vomit all over my chair. The phone rings. Cam and Mitch share a few smiles. Cam leaves as Steve conveniently walks in. "Yeah, Detective, he is my brother." Mitch and Steve share a few looks. Mitch says he'd be happy to answer a few questions. Mitch gets off the phone and Steve asks if he turned him in. Mitch says he didn't, but that the police were on their way over for questioning. He says that Steve has to turn himself in.

At the track's Friday? How many days have passed? What time is it? Meghan cheers for Clay.

Mary asks Mitch if she's sure he doesn't want her to stay. He says no and kisses her goodbye. She tells him to tell Steve goodbye for her. Wow. Your brother-in-law is looking at five to ten and you have someone deliver your goodbye for you when he's in your own house? S.E.L.F.-C.E.N.T.E.R.E.D. Steve walks down the stairs as Mary leaves.

Meghan has one eye on Clay running and the other looking for CBD.

Mitch says he'll get Steve the best lawyer in town. Steve asks what he's going to tell their father. Mitch asks what Steve wants him to say. Steve goes through a few possible lies.

Meghan cheers Clay.

Steve stands up and says he can't do this: "I mean, I can't believe you're turning me in. I thought I could count on you" Mitch: "Hey, hey, hey! I'm not turning you in. I could never turn you in." Yes, you are. Oh, and if you're thinking about getting busted by the cops, make sure you stand in next to an Apple product. The G4. For when you're about to do the hard time. Make sure you've got a new hard disk. Apple. "You're my brother, for God's sake" Mitch says, as confetti and balloons drop from my ceiling celebrating the one-thousandth reminder of Mitch and Steve's relationship. "I could never turn you in." Mitch uses his Green skills to say that Steve showed up at his house. "What do you want me to do? Do you want me to lie to them?" Steve: "Yes, that's what brothers are supposed to do. You watch each other's back. If the situation were reversed, I'd lie for you." Mitch: "Yeah? Well, that's the difference between you and me, Steve, I would never ask you to." Man, they are tearing up the English language, here. "Go to hell," Steve retorts, but since he's a fugitive he can't make that really cool exit and instead just turns his back on Mitch for a second.

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