Now, they have to break the news to Alana. June does say something about them having enough pets, so maybe she is truly concerned about Glitzy being neglected. But, that’s why you don’t buy a glamor pet for a 6-year-old in the first place.
Everyone but Sugar Bear is on board with the plan, but he gets no say in anything that happens in the house or on the show. So, the girls make fun of Sugar Bear looking like he is about to cry over getting rid of Glitzy as he slinks off to get the pig for everyone to say goodbye.
I know it’s totally set up! I can see how set up it is from Alana’s talking head about her loving Glitzy because Glitzy loves her. But, then they do the cheesy flashback to Sugar Bear bringing Glitzy home, and I see her face when she meets Glitzy for the first time:
And, I also see June’s face when Alana meets Glitzy for the first time:
Then, we see Alana crying about not wanting Glitzy to go. And it seems so staged that I start to roll my eyes. But, then Alana, starts crying in earnest. And the scenes are set up differently enough that I realize this was not done in the same take. And, her honest crying is so unexpected that I suddenly felt like I was sucked into watching Pay It Forward again.
For those of you who are unaware, Pay it Forward is a god-awful movie designed to manipulate the viewer with mawkish sentiment. It’s totally manipulative and overwrought, and will force your eyes to get misty even as you berate yourself for falling for it. By the time the credits roll, you suspect that you have been a total idiot. Then, you know you were a total idiot.
Plus, the actors in the movie (Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, Jim Caviezel, and that kid from the Sixth Sense before he became really odd-looking or had a police record), are so earnest in their portrayals of the characters in this ridiculous melodrama that you hate them all.
Then you hate yourself for even caring– but you get misty-eyed all the same. Before you know it, Jim Caviezel is playing Jesus in a snuff film and now you hate Mel Gibson (along with the entire world). But, your eyes still water anyway even though you try your best to be stoic and joke your way through it.
I felt totally set up by this whole Glitzy thing. I figured they would show Alana crying. I just figured it would be more of a fake crying based on the previews I saw. I didn’t expect her to truly be upset (especially since the fake scenes were mixed with her actually being upset). It was disconcerting. I’ve got my own ideas about that, but I’m going to save them for the comments as this recap is already late.