I so love when there are actors and scripts that are so convincing that they do an ACON bloggers job for them.
This is a clip from the showtime series "Shameless." In this scene Fiona.... (Emma Rossum) is in the office of Child Protective Services in Chicago trying to regain custody of her brothers and sisters and get to the bottom of who made an anonymous call that resulted in all her brothers and sisters being taken from their house and put into foster homes. The call was made by her father who is an alcoholic and absentee parent. They got so disgusted with him that they took him and his drunk ass out and threw him in a dumpster. To retaliate he made an "anonymous"call that resulted in all the brothers and sisters being parceled out to people who lived in even worse conditions than they did. In this scene the case worker told Fiona that she had to take a bathroom break and to be sure and NOT click on this audio file marked with their last name. Which was her way of telling Fiona that if she accidentally played this audio it would just be too bad. And that she can't be held responsible for what happened when she was away from her desk. Watch the expression on her face as she starts with this inquisitive look and how it morphs into recognition as she hears her fathers voice and then change from recognition to a mixed look of fury and disgust. She now knows it was her father that cost them untold thousands for lawyers and the undoing of everything she busts her ass every day to keep together. And that he did it all for shits and giggles.
Remember as he tells the case worker about the shitty parent there, he is actually talking about himself. Literally.
I am sure everyone reading this has had a similar moment when the narc gave them that straw that broke the camels back. I think this clip shows that perfect storm of denial and enabling and that bottom line of "even this bastard won't sell his own hard working kids down the river like that". Which is exactly what he did the first chance he got.