Ben begins to feel unneeded when he leaves Matty in Carl's care while he and Alex work overtime filing tax returns, and Matty has more fun with Carl than he ever had with him. And worse, now that Carl pulled a trick to get Matty in to meet Denzel Washington on their outing, Matty doesn't even want to spend time with Ben. Ben worries that he doesn't even know his own son anymore after Paige drops by the apartment with Matty's stuff. They broke up, and Matty didn't tell him. But he did tell Carl. Ben crushes Matty's heart by not allowing him to go with Carl to Funk Fest, because it coincides with his Bugspo field trip, and is angry with Carl for not backing him up. When Matty belabors the issue later, Carl tells him that he couldn't get tickets. Stress over the I.R.S. makes Ben fume at Carl, who storms off after telling Ben that he's crazy. Alex and Nicole help Ben see that he should change his tune, and take Matty to Funk Fest himself, to help console him over the breakup. Ben returns to being the apple of his son's eye when they're at the event, then tries to one-up Carl -- or at least match him play-for-play -- by pulling Matty backstage, promising him that he'll get him in to see L.L. Cool J or Coolio. So he tries the same trick on the security guard that Carl used to get Matty to see Denzel. When it doesn't work, Ben sneaks Matty in backstage himself, getting them thrown out of Funk Fest in the process. Ben asks Matty why he didn't tell him about his breakup, and Matty says he just forgot, now that he's got a crush on someone else. Christy Putnam. And Ben's the first to know. On their way out, Ben and Matty bump into Carl and James. When James is able to take Matty backstage with the guard's approval, Carl confesses three things to Ben. One, his tickets didn't fall through, but he felt compelled to lie to Matty when Ben wouldn't let him go. Two, he has no trick for getting Matty into things; the cousins of all these famous people are clients in his firm. And three, as the uncle, he doesn't get the unconditional love that a father gets; he has to earn it. Ben makes him feel special by telling he means the world to Matty, and all is well.moreless
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