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  • Complete Monster: Bennie's parents. They take Abusive Parents to a whole new level, making Benny look like a great parent in comparison. George even lampshades this at the end of the only episode in which one of them appears (Bennies mother)

 George: (she walks out of the backyard) Damn, I think I just saw some flowers die as she walked by.

    • Zack Powers might qualify too. He is known to take advantage of innocent young girls with low self-esteem and dump them the minute they have sex with him. He also got a girl pregnant and completely abandoned her and the baby afterward. And he came this close to doing the same to Carmen. Even the alleged Freudian Excuse that Carmen gives does nothing to make this guy likeable.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The show gives the moral that sometimes bullying can get so bad, you have to run away from the situation. Carmen was called a whore at her first high school, due to her ex-boyfriend telling everyone that they had sex. George and Angie get the leader of the bullies suspended, and get the ex-boyfriend to tell the truth. However, the episode ends with Carmen still getting bullied, and George and Angie making the conclusion that Carmen can never get her reputation back, and that she must leave the school.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Danny boy, a lazy worker voiced by Lopez, always called into work with hilarious phone calls, making excuses for not being there. This eventually stops, and seems like Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, but considering he never showed up, he was actually probably fired.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In one episode, George says that he's in favor of tighter border control, and now look what's happening with Arizona, be careful what you ask for!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Hilary Duff plays Angie's mentor for La Marie cosmetics, and Max guesses she's one of Carmen's friends. Later, when she guest stars again, she plays a friend of Carmen's.
  • Les Yay: In one episode, Veronica mentions that she was hit on by two store managers.... and that one of them was a girl.
  • Uncanny Valley: The flashbacks to George's childhood, which show George's adult head pasted on his childhood body.
    • Extreme Narm ensues when said scenes are intended to be serious, such as the flashbacks that led up to George's abandonment or Bennie's neglectful parenting. Needless to say, these scenes can't be taken seriously with the adult head/child body combo.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Veronica
  • Tear Jerker: When George screws up and can't get Angie's mother a grave next to her, and then we realize Angie's last words to her mother... It's very heartbreaking for people who are very close to their mothers.

 Angie: It's too late, it can't be fixed. (she starts crying) It can never be fixed.

    • Also Carmen being forced to leave her school after being insulted and sexually harassed.
      • Manny Lopez's death. Especially George's reaction when Manny requests that he and Benny don't come to his funeral just so they won't "tarnish his reputation".

 George: He wants me to keep this watch to remember him by? Y'see, Angie? This is why they're [momentos] just things! (smashes the watch out of sheer fury)

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