My grandfather looks at him for a minute, then quietly says, "Juli's father has a retarded brother, and—"
My father interrupts him with a laugh. "Well, that explains a lot, doesn't it!"
"Explains…a lot?" my grandfather asks. Quietly. Calmly.
"Sure! It explains why those people are the way they are…!" He grins around the table at us.
"Must run in the family." Everyone looks at him. Lynetta's jaw drops, and for once she's speechless. My mother says, "Rick!" but all my father can do is laugh a nervous kind of laugh and say, "It was just a joke! I mean, obviously something's wrong with those people." (7.86-90)
Whoa—Mr. Loski just took his prejudices to a whole new level. Before he was being biased against the Bakers because of their messy yard, but now he's making jokes about the family because Juli has a disabled uncle. Check out everyone's reactions—they seem pretty horrified to us. And pretty surprised, too.