Dad Camp Recap – Episode 4 – Adding It Up

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This again? He’s just dead beating a horse at this point.

On this week’s Dad Camp, I’m curious how they convinced the grandfathers-to-be to visit their sons on the show, because many of them seemed very surprised at the interventions inside Dr. Jeff’s office. The pitch must have been something like this: “Could you appear on camera talking about something we can’t reveal yet, on a show teaching your son how to be a good father that will, in no way confront your own parenting and how that may have affected how your son views fatherhood? Also, there will be a therapist present. No pressure!”

No wonder we only saw two of the fathers in therapy with their sons. But these encounters, along with Donta’s bizarre behavior in group, made and lost the most points for the future dads this week. As we did last week, let’s score how Dad Camp’s couples did this episode.

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Brian and Christina
Brian confronts his dad about his alcohol problem. +1
Then Bri pushes his dad into a hug, after pushing him into a surprise intervention. +1

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Benny, Brian’s mentee who was kicked out by his father at age 5, plays father feature to Brian. -1

Total for this episode: +1
Total for the series: -6
Chances of making it to the end of Dad Camp: 1:4. Brian can confront his dad, but can’t sympathize with Benny.

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Donta and Bri
Donta says “I’m not into card games. I’m not even into games. That’s you guys’s problem. We’re fixing to be parents, and all you want to do is play games.” Donta’s favorite thing to brag about on the show? How much football he played. -1
For yelling at a girl so small she doesn’t touch the ground. -1

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Repeats: “I don’t give a f***,” for Dr. Jeff at group. -1
Whispers “I’m sorry” to Bri, but won’t repeat it out loud for the group. What kind of show would this be if everyone whispered to each other? -1
Donta repeats everything Dr. Jeff says, for the embarrassment of everyone. Next up: A game of “But I’m not touching you.” -1

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Bri gets sympathy tears in her eyes listening to Elliott talk about his father. +1
Donta finally opens up about his family. +1
Donta talks Elliott through his post-group emotions. +1

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Donta removes his “pretense” (grill), and lets Dr. Jeff store it in his pencil holder. +1

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Teaches his mentee how to do a touchdown end zone dance. +1

Total for this episode: 0
Total for the series: -8
Chances of making it to the end of Dad Camp: 1:7. He took a few steps backward this episode.

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Elliott and Tiffany
Elliott invites Tiffany’s mom to their counseling session. +1
But he doesn’t give her a hug when she comes in. -1
Elliott says separating his kid from his grandparents would be “evilness.” +1
Tells Tiffany’s mom that he is taking “tools” away from Dad Camp. Absorbing therapy speak. +1
Then he cries during therapy. He hasn’t had enough cries yet. +1

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Total for this episode: +3
Total for the series: +2
Chances of making it to the end of Dad Camp: 1:4.

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Wes and Cheryl
Wes takes the father exercises far more seriously than his t-shirts. +1

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Wes cries while reading his letter to his father. +1
He asks for advice on being a good dad from his mentee child, and learns that the best dad is a non-dead dad. +1

Total for this episode: +3
Total for the series: +3
Chances of making it to the end of Dad Camp: 4:1

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Aaron and Shell
Shell actually speaks in interview. +1
Aaron says, “My dad is kind of a d***head.” +1
Then says “I see a lot of my father in me.” -1
Aaron talks out his fears with his 10-year-old mentee, and makes her laugh. +1

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Total for this episode: +2
Total for the series: +3
Chances of making it to the end of Dad Camp: 5:1. He’s so far proven to be the best combination of fun and (increasingly) responsible, and is able to get his mentee to open up. He may someday even get Shell to open up.

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Austin And Candace
Austin cries during therapy. That’s one too many cries. -1
He says he has trouble talking to strangers, or “a girl I’ve never met in my life,” therefore he can’t relate to his mentee. Before arriving at Dad Camp, Austin’s biggest problem was talking to strangers, and girls he’d never met in his life. -1

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Austin says talking to the little girl “touched me, in my heart.” Thanks for specifying! +1

Total for this episode: -1
Total for the series: -2
Chances of making it to the end of Dad Camp: 2:1.

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