Why is it that standing farther away from the TV makes something less scary? Quinn seems to think this is the case. If he finds something scary (and keep in mind that his fears include octopi and pieces falling off of spaceships flying to Mars), he’ll get off his chair and walk away from the TV.
If it’s only moderately scary (octopus), he’ll go stand against the wall of the TV room. If it’s very scary (space ship shedding parts), he’ll walk down the hall and peek around the corner. If it’s VERY scary (spider), he’ll launch himself into my lap.
When the scary part is over, he’ll happily return to his lounging posture in his ass-groove in his chair.
Jack, on the other hand, uses a more classic approach. He covers his eyes with his hands and peeks through his fingers. There is a grumpy squirrel on Jack’s Big Music Show that he does NOT care for.
Sam favors the attention-grabbing technique of gluing his eyes to the TV and shrieking, “Turn it off! I’m scared! Turn it off!” This has regularly been the case with an episode of Dora the Explorer featuring a witch. You may know which one I’m talking about. I can’t be more specific because I’ve never seen it all the way through. This was also the case with a particularly unfortunate minivan-viewing of Happy Feet.
Apparently, to Sam, singing/dancing penguins are the ninth circle of hell.