This episode marks the time when T-Rav walked off the Southern Charm stage in a snit and refused to participate
in any more shoots, that is, until the producers reeled him back in with promises of fame and adulation, or whatever.
Without Kathryn and Thomas' dysfunction to focus on, we zero in on the spiraling downwardness of Craig. Bossman Akim eviscerates the young lad and terminates his employment. This outright firing gets recast as a "mutual parting of ways" by Craig, who's reluctant to face the facts and own up to his own failings, which — based on the awards and trophies in his childhood bedroom — have been few and far between.
Speaking of childhood bedroom, Craig makes the mistake of taking Whitney and Shep to visit his folks in Delaware. They're barely in the door with a glass of lemonade before Whitney, maybe motivated by good will, maybe not, decides to stage the awkwardest one-man intervention in history, much to Craig's dismay.
As Craig makes dinner, drinks milk, and leads the blessing, like the golden boy he is, Whitney jabs and digs into Craig's perceived failings, stripping away the polite facade and making himself look like an ass along the way. He decides this picture-perfect stable family deserves a bit of a smack in the face by Craig's post-graduate quarter-life crisis.
"If Craig wants to be a lawyer, he needs a better work ethic. He'll saunter in at like 9:30, like his time is more important," he tells Mr. Conover, plunging a shiv into Craig's ribs and then twisting. "He seems like he's accomplished a lot in his youth, great accolades honors and so forth, but it seems like now he's wasting his talents staying up and partying all night. I mean, what can we do here?"
"That's not Craig," protests mom.
Oh but it is, insists Whitney. "He goes out every
night. How can we give him a kick to get his life in order?" he asks, as if he's part of the caring, loving Conover family. This guy is so weird.
Craig's reply: "You're talking about me like I'm a high school dropout. I graduated from law school."
And then Whitney says, "Did you really graduate?"
What a tool bag this guy is. Craig promises he did. His parents were there to witness it even.
As Shep tells Cameran later on the phone, Craig's parents were bewildered by Whitney's judgy pronouncements.
And Craig? He's downright livid because Whitney's a brat himself who doesn't seem to be a shining example of accomplishment at his age. Plus, he's a pompous ass: "I try to impart wisdom but it falls on deaf ears. It's a challenge." Hoo boy, this guy.
The next day, a pissed-off Craig takes Whitney and Shep golfing and the three have it out on the links. Craig is furious at Whitney's meddling, particularly because he's admittedly embarrassed by his situation. As they hash it out, Craig comes around and responds favorably, particularly to Shep, who's been told by Cameran that he has to be the adult in this situation.
"We're all concerned. Your parents are now worried sick. You're mom wants you to eat even," says Shep, referring to the dinner table scene where Craig's mom tries to get heroin-chic Craig to eat more steak.
Back on the course, Craig admits, "I'm a fuck up right now. I'm good at going out. I swerve the truth. Everyday I'm stressed out. My rent is sky high and I spend too much money. I'm embarrassed to tell you guys."
It's quite a touching admission. The guy obviously wants to please his family and friends and wants to live up to his previous accomplishments. And like many early overachievers, he desperately doesn't want to have peaked in high school.
He tells the guys, "I'm running away from the truth. First time I'm admitting out loud and to myself. Shit's not going right right now. I'm embarrassed."
He promises the guys he'll get his shit together and the three golf their way into the sunset, hopeful and united.
Before Craig leaves for Charleston, his parents give him a word of warning about how alcoholism runs in both sides of the family, followed by the one thing that Craig needs to hear: "We'll always be proud of you no matter what."
By the end of the episode, we've come full circle. Craig has failed. He runs from that failure. He is smacked across the face by it. And he gets back up and promises to shake it off. I feel pretty hopeful for this guy. He's got the world by the balls. He just has to realize it.
Next week: The kids head to Jekyll Island for hijinks and beer.