Some points of interest:
Tater (who 100% didn’t care that Jack had a boyfriend and not a girlfriend, except for the fact that he’d been using the wrong term, AND who told Jack to bring him to family skate [because The Falcs are a family, as stated here, and family looks out for each other]) already has a nickname for Bitty. I look forward to seeing their bro-ship grow so much!
Tater is reassuring Bitty rather emphatically, like he knows that Bitty is really anxious that it’s him and not the pie that Bitty is worried about everyone liking. Also, Tater sneaking in the ‘despite the pressure you don’t have to be perfect, just be you’ thing by focusing that narrative on himself and Jack is some A+ covert pep talking.
Tater is *still* annoyed with that rat KP, and it’s glorious because Alexei Mashkov is clearly a giant teddy bear, but holds a mean grudge.
Tater takes off with the whole ‘throw him across the ice’ thing because Bitty gave a mild indication he was Not A Fan. Like when you can’t stand someone and a new acquaintance casually lets on that they also dislike that person, and then you’re suddenly BFFs, bonded by your shared hatred and talking shit, they will be an unstoppable force of gossip and pettiness. I. Can’t. Wait.
Tater is so T A L L …
Bits casually touching Tater’s elbow! He’s gotten so much better with casual physical contact! Tater is a near stranger, mostly only made real through Jack’s stories of him, and a big, physically imposing guy. And Bitty, even mere moments after a near panic attack, is comfortable enough to just touch Tater’s arm while they talk conspiratorially. I’m so proud of Eric R Bittle!
I love Alexei Mashkov.