Dad rent case: Yes, he was a hoot, with his homespun hillbilly homilies.
Eh, I thought it was amusing at first but since I have a self rightious parent who plays up the hee haw factor whenever they want to be the victim, I wasn't entirely buying his story of much put upon dad. His "aw shucks, I'm just dumber'n dirt, Judge Judy" manner made her laugh and ignore what he was saying. Namely he's a father calling out his son on national tv as a lazy slacker who can't be trusted and who he feels is also dumber'n dirt. Had his affect been hostile, Judge Judy very typically calls out a parent who maligns their kid over some rental money. But instead he just gets to go on.
I also got what the son was trying to say - he got paid a wage while at training so yes, he's going to have a task return to file because he *worked* for several months, but since he doesn't have another job, he's not likely to need to pay taxes. (and with a baby, thats probably why he was getting a hefty return). So looking at it another way, the son got a girl in trouble and did the right thing by marrying her, got himself into the army for some training and money for school and was going to school to be a medical assistant. There's no evidence that he was lying about being in school aside from Homespun Pappy saying he weren't in no school, and yeah, I can see why the 17 year old had her baby and didn't return to school until the next year. To me, it sounds like two young kids trying to make it, trying not to mooch but needing some help.
I mean, I'm not holding the son up for sainthood here, but each side has a story and the dad struck me as not being entirely innocent in the mess.