If a man takes on the job of being a dad, he must be prepared to exercise due diligence in every aspect of his life, even his most private affairs. The head of the family in Crooked Hearts (1991) means no harm in indulging his needs for emotional and physical succor. Who is hurt when two consenting adults engage in mutual emotional validation? Actually, pain is all but inevitable when that pair of grownups strokes egos while naked and firmly clasped between one another’s thighs, given that the male is married to another woman, and that woman has borne him children. The trauma ripples out in cracked trajectories, touching every Crooked Heart that has ever been touched by a compromised paternal love.