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'The O'Neals': Ryan Still Doesn't Get How Tatum Felt Abandoned (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 6:36AM
'Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals'The rift on 'Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals' (Sun., 10PM ET on OWN) isn't something that's going to be able to be healed over a few short episodes. But it was encouraging seeing them talk openly about what happened during Tatum's teenage years, even if Ryan still doesn't seem to get it. At least he didn't run away this time.

When she talked about being left alone, he tried to argue that she wasn't. She had her mother, who'd already given up custody of Tatum to Ryan, as well as "many, many friends," he told her. "You were a famous person."

"You hear how crazy that sounds," she said to him, but he didn't. He refused even to acknowledge that she was still a kid at the time, talking about how sophisticated she was for 17, and how she got her own apartment.

None of that, however, can fill the void left by a father who's seemingly abandoned you without explanation. So while this road of healing is a long one, and Ryan definitely needs to start owning up a big more to the mistakes he's made, at least they seem to be on it. Maybe they'll even reach the end of it some day.

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