Where have you been? And why do you have scars? You went into trouble again didn't you?
I was worried sick! You didn't even bother to call us!
Mom, Dad I wo......
Why can't you be like Edward? Your cousin is studying abroad with a scholarship, he's intelligent and responsible. You should be like your aunt's children! How did I got stuck up with a delinquent kid?
But I did this for you guys....
You did this for yourself, you're always selfish/ I wish you were an inch of how Edward was.
Will I ever be enough?
Go to bed.
Pain. Earl returns home, much to his dismay his parents are waiting for him, but not for the right reasons. Earl's dad scolds him for going home late, while his mother tells her sentiments, not giving Earl the chance to say the big news.
Reality strikes. Earl's dad showcases the reason why in the first place Earl wanted to win. He wanted to be out of the comparison. He wanted to put up a name to his parents, and prevent hearing "You should be like your aunt's children".
A scar to remember. Toxicity. There's nothing more hurtful than hearing your parents compare you to someone better than you, and not being able to appreciate you and all your efforts to get appreciated, toxic Filipino culture.