NO ONE is talking about this!; everyone is emphasizing how harsh Hooten is in the M&M's but that scene demontrates to an enormous extent precisely why he is giving Ty such a hard time.
I was thinking about the same thing. He is hard on Ty because he knows that he is really good.
To the kids. Hooten is the dad, Gato is the mom.
And now you made me laugh. Not that I don't agree with you because I do, really... but the way you said (wrote) it.... it was just funny.