If you go back and review those columns I referenced, plus all the work we did to clarify the point, then you'll see that the idea is you should write a panel from left to right (the way we see it).
Here's your panel description: Panel 1. In a living room we see a man sitting on a couch with his back to one of the armrests and his legs stretched out (also on the couch). He has a TV remote control in one hand and is pointing past his son, who is sitting on the couch at the man’s feet. The boy is looking at the TV just past the end of the couch. The TV is turned off. There is a small coffee table within reach of the man.
Here's YOUR left to right on this panel. Living room. Man on couch. Legs stretched. Whoops, back to the hand for the TV remote. A son. TV. Coffee table.
Not exactly left-to-right.
Here's a revision: In a typically decorated middle-class living room, a man aims a TV remote, while reclining on a couch with a son at his feet. They both are looking at the TV, which isn't on.
The couch isn't important to your sequence, but if you want to describe it, you could write: They both look beyond the coffee table, which is in front of the couch, at the TV, which isn't on.
My suggestion eliminated that. Dad could be standing fully straight here, too. There are lots of possibilities...but complicating the point of his action should be avoided.
Creating bridges is fine...but they have to work. Did you need this particular bridge? Not as written. The readers will get it.
By the way, this is one of the many reasons I've suggested creators start small before expanding, because you're trying to do an awful lot in these two pages. Simple would've been better...so we could concentrate on the lesson at hand.
Then I noted that, depending on how this panel is really staged, you might or might not need the next panel.
By staging, I mean whether the TV is on the left or the right. If it's on the right, your next panel is fine.
If it's on the left, then we the reader see the TV is on...then the proud son...then Dad's expression here COULD be the same as you intend for the next panel, thus eliminating the need for it.
With the TV on the left, readers would know the TV is on, so Dad should be reacting to that in this panel. Surprised wouldn't be the best expression.
But with the TV on the right, showing dad on the left, surprised, makes sense, because we haven't yet scanned over to the TV to see what he's surprised about. In this case, the next reaction, the one you wrote, makes sense.
This is why knowing how a panel is being read is important.
And if we don't let artists know how and why the elements line up inside a panel, then we're probably going to be doing fixes on ideas that could have worked.
Glad you read the book, and that it helped look at comics differently.
Keep on writing.