After Erik and Arthur tell Mrs. Fisher and Paul that Mike died, they were laughing and making fun of Mike and Joey. In page 50-53 it says" "I watched them in disbelief. How could they be happy? Who were these two people? Then I realized it: They were the two people who will benefit from Mike Costello's death. And they were celebrating it... I looked for Mom. She was still in the garage on the phone with Dad. She saw none of this. She heard none of this." (50-53) this sort of thing happened a lot during the book, Erik does something bad, usually with Arthur, and Paul sees it but never tells anyone.
Throughout the book, it shows how Paul's dad kind of neglects him and paid more attention to Erik. On page 233 it says "We locked eyes again. How many games did I play in, Dad? He pulled back I don't know. what position did I play when I did get into a game? How am I supposed to know that Ok Here one How many Field-goals did Erik kick year?” He stared at me and then he blinked rapidly. All right Your point is taken. What that supposed to mean? It means I understand what you’re saying. You're saying that I know everything about Erik season and nothing about yours. You're right, and I’m sorry” (233-234)
In the book, it always shows how most people think that Erik and Arthur are these perfect, talented football players, but here people finally realize that they are actually bad people, for example, on page 279, it shows “This time there was a loud gasp from the audience including me... “they have admitted as much. They have had no choice but to admit it. Arthur used the gas mask to enter the tented homes. Then he stole items from those homes while Erik kept watch outside.”(279-280)
Finally, the probably the worst thing Erk and Arthur have done is being involved in the death of Luis Cruz “I saw him do it. I saw Arthur Bauer sneak up on Luis Cruz, like a coward and hit him on the side of the head. Luis never even saw it coming ...I saw - I heard Erik Fisher tell him to do it (284)
Throughout the Book "Tangerine", you notice a common Motif throughout the book of how most of the people around Paul a "blind" in the sense of, they choose not to see all the bad things that Erik does. This motif helps develop the theme found in the book, which is THE GOOD PEOPLE OFTEN GET OVERLOOKED BECAUSE PEOPLE STERYOTYPE THEM AND JUDGE THEM TOO EARLY.