"TV: Tom Hayden's Animated Life" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Allen Gregory gets many things wrong -- as episode five's exploration of racism and class makes clear. All the episodes establish that Allen Gregory's bad behavior is learned from Richard.
Richard treats Jeremy like crap. Jeremy is highly indulgent of Richard or else enjoys being treated badly. Comments made -- especially about things stretching when Jeremy said they wouldn't -- appear to indicate that Richard is the top and Jeremy is the bottom. That may be too much for the Water Cooler Set to handle. (They're rather vanilla -- which explains all their panting over sex.) If indeed that is correct, then Richard and Jeremy may be carrying over bedroom behavior outside the bedroom. May. We'll never know because the show got the axe.
But we know a great deal more than the Water Cooler Set.
For starters, Richard most likely is not Allen Gregory's biological father. Look at Richard, Jeremy and Allen Gregory. Two of them have blue eyes while Richard has brown eyes. Did no one study biology? Does no one know the difference between dominant and recessive traits? Does no one notice that Allen Gregory and Jeremy have the same chin? Or that Allen Gregory's nose should grow out, in time, to be like Jeremy's but, with that upward turn, can never grow out to be like Richard's nose?
Like Richard, Allen Gregory is horrible to Jeremy. Imagine the episode when the Richard worshipping Allen Gregory learns that Jeremy is his biological father?
That really was something. I had seen two or three reviews of Allen Gregory and Mike watched it every week so I knew it and usually watched it with him.
There really was no way that Richard was Allen's biological father. As usual, it took Ava and C.I. to point out what should have been visible to everyone.
It also explains even more about the dynamics in that family. I don't understand why so many reviewers took Richard and Jeremy's tales as literal truth when Richard was clearly 'bending' the truth constantly.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):