1. Why is Barney's current situation so dire?
Barney is currently in hospital after some men beat him up outside a bookie and stole his winnings.
2. What is Casey's life like with her father?
Throughout Casey's life, Barney has told the same stories over and over, about how he's going to strike it rich and move them into a big penthouse. Of course it never happens, and Casey has to make money for the both of them, working two paper routes and occasionally washing dishes at a local restaurant.
3. Why doesn't Casey like Phil?
Phil constantly reminds Casey that she is a burden on him and his family. He doesn't allow her to do anything fun, like watch Dracula on TV. He finds almost everything she does, says, wears, and eats disgusting. In addition, he is constantly reminding Casey that he's only taking care of her because he made a promise to his dead sister.
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