Fireproof: Part 6
Sorry, all, that I’ve been lingering on with this dumb movie—this summer has been incredibly busy for me.
Following Caleb’s triumph of conquering his alleged porn addiction by destroying the computer, and the delivery of the divorce papers, Catherine heads off to the medical supply store. (Conveniently located in the same mini-mall as Bobby Lee Duke’s Lollipop Shop and the Biscuit Barn. I wish I was making that up.)
I’m honestly not sure why Catherine goes to the medical supply shop—I guess she just hangs out there for kicks. As we discussed in Part 1, Catherine’s mom needs a new hospital bed and wheelchair, but insurance won’t cover them. Catherine and Caleb have the exact needed amount in their savings, but it never crosses either of their minds to use it for the equipment. Caleb because he covets a boat, Catherine because…I don’t know why.
I also don’t know why Catherine is even there, except that it gives the receptionist the opportunity to tell her that all the equipment has been paid for and delivered that morning. Catherine wanders out in a daze.
Yanno, we discussed how weird it is that Catherine never even thought about using their family savings on her parents, but it actually becomes even more pertinent now that they are actually divorcing (or so she thinks…sigh). I mean, Caleb and Catherine’s assets would be divided, their nice big house would probably be sold. Or Catherine’s parents could move into the house with her…or she with them. Just sayin’, there are more options here than seem to appear in her mind.
Catherine, of course, thinks Flirty Doctor paid for all the equipment. She thanks him for “giving money” and they hold hands.
Let’s get one thing clear, here: the movie wants us to think that Catherine is blinded by this shameful lust, and not seeing the Changed Man that is her husband. But if memory serves, Caleb is the guy who never discussed Catherine’s parents with her and accused her of being selfish. Flirty Doctor is the guy who listened to her problems and complimented her devotion and love.
So it’s not like Catherine is drawing unreasonable conclusions here or anything.
Meanwhile, Caleb is actually doing a chore around the house—collecting the trash. (Well, it has been a few days since he last whalloped that poor, innocent trash can. He’s probably just looking for an excuse.)
And he finds an excuse when he
stumbles upon opens up an envelope and reads a card from Flirty Doctor to Catherine. The envelope is in Catherine’s room, on her dresser, so I’m not sure what business it is of her separated husband who happens to live in the same house until the divorce goes through. Anyway, it’s all quite sweet—Flirty Doctor just writes how much he enjoys talking with Catherine and seeing her at work every day.
Proving that he is, indeed, a totally Changed Man, Caleb sits down with Catherine when she gets home, and they discuss the matter.
HA! Almost had you there, didn’t I? Of course Caleb doesn’t talk to Catherine about this—that would involve…talking, and we know Caleb doesn’t do that with the wimmin-folk. Nope, instead he calls the hospital like a stalker, inquiring after a “Gavin…I only have a first name.”
Caleb stalks over to the hospital and confronts Flirty Doctor in his office, sticking a finger in his face, just like he always does when another human behaves in a manner of which Caleb disapproves.
Caleb: I know what you’re doing! And I have no intention of stepping aside as you try to steal my wife’s heart.
Caleb ends his little challenge (for “going after” Catherine) with a lovely little threat: he makes a fist and thanks Flirty Doctor for helping him with his hand.
What a horrible person he is. Seriously. Violence is still how he wants to solve all his problems. Let’s just see how long it is until he bullies his wife again, too.
But don’t worry—the movie knows who the real villain is. It’s Flirty Doctor…who was married all along, and takes off his ring every day when he comes to work.
Color me doubtful that a doctor could keep his marital status a secret in the workplace, especially in this pretty small city. Ooo, but hey, it’s dramatic, right?
Frightened by Buck Williams’ fist of doom, Flirty Doctor blows off his lunch date with Catherine. Catherine ends up eating lunch with a
terrible actress random volunteer or possibly nurse that we have never met before.
The woman prays over her cafeteria lunch then dispenses this amazing wisdom.
Terrible Actress: Catherine, you’re so young. I would encourage you to make your choices carefully.
Hell, the woman is making Catherine’s case for her. I mean, Catherine is young, her marriage sucks, and she has every chance to find someone who isn’t an abusive asshole!
Terrible Actress is apparently quite the busybody, noticing that “a certain young doctor” is trying to “woo you while you’re still married.”
Hey, lady, she really couldn’t be much more separated. The papers have been served and they’re sleeping in separate rooms and have for weeks.
Catherine tells Terrible Actress to fuck off in the nicest possible Christian Film way, and we head into another Christian Song Musical Montage!
Caleb sits on the fire engine and contemplates his wedding ring! Catherine sits on a bench and contemplates the middle distance! Caleb sweeps the floor! (Changed Man Alert!) Caleb fights a fire! Caleb trains his men! Caleb takes a jog! Caleb gazes at the door to Catherine’s bedroom! Caleb prays! Caleb sits in a tree and contemplates the middle distance! Caleb lifts weights! Caleb contemplates the abandoned church camp cross! Caleb trains his men some more! Caleb reads the Bible! Caleb washes a couple of dishes! Catherine notices that Caleb has done a few dishes! Caleb fights a fire! Caleb takes a walk!
There’s lots of Caleb and not much Catherine in this montage, is what I’m saying. And man, but that montage took forever.
Did Flirty Doctor pay for all that stuff? Will Catherine do the right thing and stay with her violent husband? Stay tuned! (More this week, I promise!)