Sighing heavily, Simon pours an inch of juice into a glass and throws maybe twelve Cocoa Puffs into a bowl before settling down to read the newspaper. RevCam comes in and effects an annoying brogue when asking, "Ah, I see me boy is having a wee leprechaun of a breakfast -- what happened, me lad?" Um, RevCam, could you stop that, please? Thanks. Simon starts going on about how guilty he feels eating breakfast when so many people are starving. ["The Outsiders was about starving people? I guess I need to reread that." -- Sars] RevCam points out, very sensibly, that there are relevant, meaningful things people can do to alleviate world hunger and that the starving people will not be any less hungry if Simon eats his "usual breakfast." Simon replies, "It's a symbolic gesture." Gross; enough with the ineffectual bourgeois guilt, Simple Simon. He says he wants to be reminded of "what's going on" in the world and lists a bunch of admittedly sad news stories. RevCam tries to cheer him up by mentioning the $20,000 donation to the church. Simon just says, "No matter how much money it is, it'll never be enough to help everyone, is it [sic]?" All right, Simon, I agree with you in theory, but I won't be able to dredge up much respect for your opinion until you get off your ass and actually do something productive about it. Whining doesn't count. Anyway, Simon leaves. Adios, Mr. Morose.
SuperMom and Ruthie engage in a totally pointless and annoying exchange about God and fatalism, except I'm making it sound about a hundred times more interesting than it really is. After Fun With Philosophy, Ruthie blames her bad mood on Simon (tell me about it) while rushing through her lines before she forgets them. She exits as Mary and Lucy enter. It sounds like they're speculating on where Dopey and Chickenhead might have sex. Lucy's saying something about their "motive," and Annie asks, "Motive for what?" This causes both girls to rush off while SuperMom shouts, "We'll talk about this later!"
SuperMom is laughing while watching one of the babies play peek-a-boo with a blanket, except I'm all distracted, since it's obvious this has been edited together in post-production after some camera operator kept a camera trained on the twins all day, waiting for them to do something adorable. SuperMom says, "They're so cute and innocent. I wish we could keep them this way forever." I guess it's meant to be sweet, but it comes off a little disturbing instead. ["Not least since she's already been through the whole cute-and-innocent wringer five times already." -- Sars] She asks RevCam if he's on his way to the bank. He says that before he cashes the $20,000 cheque he's going to talk to the donor first. SuperMom perkily suggests that maybe the donor won the lottery, but RevCam pessimistically says he has a bad feeling about the whole thing. This prompts Annie to ask if RevCam's been talking to Simon, which he has. SuperMom says, "Wow, that kid's a black hole. He's sucked the life out of this entire family with his bad mood." RevCam says he'll try to stay out of Simon's "gravitational pull."