Mitch is an outdoorsy man, who spends most of his time staying active physically—tending to the cattle and running his ranch, going on camping trips with his daughter, hunting, and fishing. Maggie laughingly says she hopes his future wife loves those things, since that’s what he most cares about. He notices that his daughter ‘still bites her nails’ but doesn’t notice or pay attention to the changes in her personality (suddenly, she is treating him differently, giving him the cold shoulder when she doesn’t agree with his decisions, and being more subtly confrontational in her revulsion for his dating habits). He is clueless about just how much his girls have tried to sabotage his relationship, because he reads things on a surface level with them. Though often poor at gauging emotional reactions or paying much attention to them (he frequently insults the women in his life, by being blunt or making backhanded compliments), Mitch can easily escalate into feeling emotionally defensive and frustrated when others are putting him through the wringer. He admits that it’s not fun to swear anymore, because Maggie “isn’t around to pretend she’s shocked by it.” Though he admits that he has a bad feeling, like a storm is gathering, Mitch doesn’t put much thought on it, and goes home, unwittingly driving right into the middle of a female conspiracy.

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Blunt and aggressive, Mitch is almost always just one problem away from a tantrum. He can match his wife’s temper blow for blow, and is not above angry confrontations of his daughter when he doesn’t like how she disrespects him by giving him the silent treatment. He loses his temper after he falls over the furniture, falls into the lake, finds his ex-wife wearing his bathrobe in his living room, and once he sees that their daughters have a scheme up their sleeves… but he also has a sense of humor, a desire to avoid unpleasantness in favor of seeing things optimistically, and denial about the extent of his daughters’ manipulation of the situation. Mitch can blow from a temper tantrum right into delighted enjoyment of a situation. Once he has lost the young girl he intends to marry, he wastes no time in freshening up for his ex wife, admiring her cooking in his kitchen, and making the moves on her—as if his ‘heartache’ never happened. Because it didn’t. There was no emotional involvement on a deeper level. He hems and haws his way around to being vulnerable, and it comes out as gruffness.