I just noticed (like, HOW many years later?) that, even in the midst of a spat, Henry still protected Shawn from the truth about his cat. Just like with the "bunnies on the wheat farm" story - Henry tells Shawn that his cat is in some sort of cat retirement community. Now, it makes me wonder at the motivation.
Does he do that out of pure daddy love and not wanting to see his boy sad?
Does he do it because Shawn would kick up a giant fuss and hate on him as an animal killer?
Or does he do it because he just really is incapable of any kind of uncomfortable and emotionally stressful conversation?
Or possibly all three? Guuh, getting those daddy/son angsty feelings all over again!!! (as if they ever truly left!)