After dinner, there's some scintillating conversation about how bad the speakers are in the Camden station wagon. When Annie's mom, June, offers to buy a new CD player for the CamWagon, Annie laughs and says, "Mom, it can wait." June replies, "Sure it can. But why not do it now." And she's not laughing. She and Annie stare into each other's eyes silently for about ten minutes so that we will all be able to guess that June is going to die soon. Despite how obvious that fact may be to everyone else, Matt doesn't have a clue. Annie sends him off to check on the other kids, leaving her and RevCam alone with her parents. June announces that she has acute leukemia, and that there is very little hope for survival. She's not going to seek much treatment for her condition, since she'd rather spend her last days with her family instead of in a hospital. I might care more if I hadn't just met this character two minutes ago, but it's a sad scene anyway, and everyone does a good job with it.
Outside, we learn that Ruthie has named the dog Happy. Dopey sends her to the kitchen to get Happy a cookie. Way to make your dog fat, loser. When Ruthie leaves, Dopey asks Simon if he can keep a secret. I have my doubts, but Simon says he can. Matt tells him that Happy is going to have puppies. Why, Dopey's not even an orderly yet! How could he know? Happy licks Simon's face obsessively. I hope someone's remembered to de-worm her. On second thought, I really hope nothing of the sort.
While the CamRents and Annie's parents sit in the dining room, seriously bummed out, the kids frolic merrily in the yard. Then they all flop down in a big pile and start gatoring. At least that's what I think they're doing -- it's hard to tell since this entire episode seems to have been filmed with a smear of Vaseline and an old t-shirt over the camera lens. The adults come out to laugh at the antics of the kids. It's a pretty poignant moment -- as long as you hit the mute button on your TV to drown out the soaring, tuneless background "music." And if you try not to think about the fact that this pilot episode is the best the show will ever be.