|[Image is: a long hot dog on a bun with lots of ketchup and mustard]|
While in line for a hot dog, an elderly woman comments that they should not have to wait in line and waves them to the front. Another couple offer to pay for their hot dogs because of how "inspirational" they are together. Thus begins Kenneth's quest to take advantage of as many disability perks as he can. JJ enjoys getting free admittance to a baseball game, and choice seats, and throwing out the first pitch. (He also demands the player's glove.) After all these things, JJ prefers to just enjoy the game, but Kenneth is up singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame to the fans.
Kenneth has more plans and ignores JJ when he says "enough." Not only that, but Kenneth takes JJ's letterboard off his chair for no discernible reason (other than perhaps he does not want to hear that JJ doesn't want to keep getting random freebies.) Kenneth puts the board in a backpack and leaves the bag in the parking lot before driving away.
JJ is rightfully angry and Kenneth figures out belatedly that JJ's board is missing. They find it and JJ tells Kenneth "You took my voice. You don't get to do that." Kenneth promises to never do it again and then lets him drive the van around an empty parking lot.
I was so beyond disappointed in this. First, because it's supposed to be JJ's day. It's supposed to be about what JJ wants. JJ wanted hot dogs from LA. JJ wanted to see a baseball game. Instead, the episode turned into what Kenneth wanted and left JJ to teach him a lesson and then be allowed to do something totally dangerous to make up for it. It's a disservice to JJ but also to Kenneth. It seemed vastly irresponsible and out of character for Kenneth to do something as disrespectful as this.
And I don't know about anyone else but watching the DiMeo's have fun without JJ spoke to every single moment I was hospitalized as a child and was sure that in our absence, my family was off having a great time without me. I understand that JJ was supposedly having fun, too, and it was funny to watch, in moments. The more I watch of the show, though, the more convinced I become that it's not for me. It was clearly made for able-bodied people, by able-bodied people. I'll keep watching because I want to support actors like Micah getting work and representing characters with CP on TV, but I'm going to watch the show without the hope I once held out for it.
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