Simon's playing fetch with Happy in the upstairs hallway. He tosses a ball, but RevCam catches it instead. Good boy! Simon starts talking about how excited he is to be spending the next night at Dopey's apartment. He says he misses Dopey, and even though Dopey's "here all the time, eating and stuff," it's just not the same. Jeez, Simon, you guys aren't supposed to be making fun of Matt. That's Gwen's job, and mine. So don't be horning in on our fun. He says, "Tomorrow night's gonna be just like it used to be." RevCam leaves. Uh-oh -- Ruthie arrives, and she's nattering on about "the millennium." It also looks like she's stockpiling blankets or something. She starts cataloguing the things that will go wrong come January 1st: cars not starting, people getting trapped in elevators, credit cards not working. "It'll be bed time[sic]." Aw, how cute, someone tell Bill Cosby we've got some material for his Damned Brats show! (While you're at it, tell him Cate says he and all his shows are a blight on humanity.) Simon tells the Demon Spawn, "I think you mean 'bedlam.'" But we've all stopped caring about this scene, right?
The doorbell rings, so we know it's time for the central plot to kick in. Okay, let's see who's been chosen to annoy us in tonight's lame excuse for a plot? Looks like it's Annie's stepmother, Ginger. And Ginger doesn't know where Annie's father is. Roll the opening credits and cue the fake suspense!
RevCam's on the phone, no doubt discussing important RevBusiness, while Ginger paces. The camera spends a lot of time on Annie, who's tottering down the hallway with a huge tray of what looks like tea. Ginger hopes the news that she's misplaced their grandfather wasn't too upsetting to the kids. No problem, Annie just lied to them (!) and said Gramps would be coming by the next day. RevCam has informed the local police that Gramps, a.k.a. Charles, is missing, and he says that the police sergeant has even called in some off-duty police officers for the search. Must be nice to have connections like that, eh? I hope that devoting all that energy to finding Charles means there are still enough officers to patrol the high-school gym. I'd certainly hate to see someone "trash" it by flinging toilet paper around again. SuperMom asks Ginger, "Why do you think Dad is heading toward Glenoak?" Ginger replies, "Ever since the diagnosis, I mean, he's been talking a lot about you and the kids." Whoa, back up, what diagnosis? Ginger gives us some background info on the changes she'd noticed in Charles's behaviour recently, including the fact that he's been feeling "lost in familiar places." Dragging eeevvverrrry word out for maximum dramatic value, Ginger tells us that Charles has been "diagnosed as being in the very early stages of Alzheimer's." The kicker is that Ginger had forgotten to tell them about Charles's diagnosis before. Is it possible she's the one who has Alzheimer's and is confused? Well, you'll just have to keep reading to find out. (See, I can do suspense badly too!) Needless to say, Annie is pretty upset by Ginger's news.