I don’t know if Dre hit all 5 steps, but join me for this journey through the human psyche.
Ball is pulled. Dre’s initial reaction is perfect. Look at that face. It appears he has skipped directly past the “Denial/Isolation” step in the grieving process and proceeded directly to Anger.
Trey, who was in on the joke, played the perfect foil. Look at that smug asshole. Immediately after his ball is pulled, Trey has some god awful Katie Perry song queued up, it was perfect.
Dre’s initial reaction is “YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME” (step 1 – Denial), however it looks like he’s at least enjoying the music. This would be the Bargaining step.
Nope, never mind. He hates the music. I think the loss is starting to set in here. And… we’re back at the Anger stage. Come on, Dre. Help me help you, man!
Trey is eating it up. He wanted me to make Dre wait even longer, but I didn’t have the heart. I mean, look at Dre’s face as Trey lifts the chair over his head. Probably best Trey isn’t going to be at tKOXI, because it’s at this moment when Dre begins to plot how he’s going to murder Trey. Seriously, zoom in on Dre’s face.
Trey, you signed your death warrant right here..
Step 4 – Depression. This is the face of a broken man.
Baby? Dre’s face when I say that the fulfillment that supposedly comes from parenthood might help him get through this is classic. I’m pretty sure at this moment Dre has no idea that he even has a child.
Aaaannd the wife heard that baby part and now he’s tries to act like a good parent. YOU AIN’T FOOLIN’ NO ONE, DRE.
Enter Kevin. Dre looks a little too calm for someone to be busting into his place. Pretty sure he had a gun under the table. Kevin’s lucky to be in the field for tKOXI.
Low key, the best part of Kevin’s ambush was that he purposely dressed like Ashton Kutcher from Punk’d. This video really does a great job of showing Dre’s rollercoaster of emotions. I wanted tears (either happy or sad) from Dre and I can’t say for certain, but I think we came pretty close.
Have you ever seen a more genuine smile? I’m not joking when I say I don’t think I have. Maybe the only time someone has ever been this happy is …
Again, huge shout out to Trey for playing along. He does a pretty good job of smiling here, but you can see the devastation in his eyes. We’ll miss you and your titty tees, Trey. You seriously should drive up on Saturday just to party.
This is when Kevin says that Dre’s wife and buddy are in on the joke. I know that face. I’ve made it when my wife tells my in-laws that we’d be happy to go to Iowa for something. WE WILL BE DISCUSSING THIS LATER, SWEETHEART.
There is it. The Money Shot. Dre can say this is just a bad visual and my screengrab caught him in between faces, but we all know the truth. It’s touching. Own it, Dre. But if you start crying, I’ll start crying, so compose yourself! YOU’RE A MAN.
Kevin tried to explain to Dre how it all went down, but Dre has no time for it. You can see him wrestling between relief, joy, and a seething rage that was moments from boiling over into a murdering spree.
The entire adventure was an absolute tour de force. Hopefully you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.
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