Which is the best thing of this episode, the running conversation about how Shane has inherited Daredevil Girl's rollercoaster tendencies, and that he's a mirror she can see herself in, as a parent but also as a person. And that all of them, seeing this doubled horribleness or darkness or depravity or whatever you want to call it, are inspired to not be crazy or depraved like Shane and Nancy. So it inspires a sort of belief in right action that, as usual, is cruelly disproved at every point.
I don't know, something about the bald way they all talk about it lends it a certain credence, even likeability, because if you remove the circumstances it's a pretty common thing we've all thought. My mom's bad with money and prone to rage, my dad's extremely emotionally vulnerable: Is it my fault that I am these things also, or is that on me? And then the Silas position, which is: So shouldn't I just automatically try to oppose or at least be better than that, since I know where the trapdoors are located? It's like Buffy or something, the way that the weirdness makes it easier to touch the reality of it. A TV show about normal parents is not half as relatable as a TV show about magically or somehow unnaturally fucked up parents.
Nancy offers to buy Shane a pinwheel or whirligig, offered by quite a case -- "It spins! It whirls! It's a hee-haw, fire-cracking whirligig!" -- but he's into the real thing now. Next up is the 21st Annual Butter Sculpture Contest, first price of which is a luxury motor home. Movement and isolation, a place to sleep, a rollercoaster, a home that moves, Nancy's perfect solution. They leave Doug outside with the baby and check out just how luxurious it is, and start dreaming, which is when things usually go wrong.
Since it's Parenting Day, Nancy takes Shane and leaves her infant with Doug while Andy and Silas head off to win the contest. Doug tries to boast about his parenting skills, but of course that doesn't go great, and Nancy, well. Here's what Nancy knows about Stevie: "There's a full bottle of formula in the stroller. He likes bird... Sounds. No solid food, obviously. No sharp, pointy objects." Aaaand that's what Nancy knows about Stevie. Doug says he's good with babies -- "They see me as a kindred spirit/taller version of themselves" -- and then has a nice long talk with the baby in the smoking tent, next to an old sleeping man. Thinking about Doug as a basically helpless constantly masturbating infant goes a long way toward making him acceptable.