(scene opens in cluttered dinning room)
Beta: Mom, I’m a failure.
Me: (caught typing, pauses) What?
Beta: I’m a failure. Remember the whole step-joke?
Beta: I just figured out why it’s called a step-ladder. It’s a ladder. With steps.
Me: (covers face with hands) Oh god. Oh god, you’re kidding me.
Beta: Yeah. Sorry. Are you disappointed in me?
Me: (laughs in unbelievable are you serious) Maybe a little.