Just then, who should show up, but one of the U.S.'s men in uniform. I guess this must be the oft-mentioned Marine who is Martin's Dad. Betsy's quite happy to see him, as she jumps into his arms. Roxanne's smile and the cascading arpeggios indicate that she's happy to see him as well, and she totally checks him out. Martin's dad tells Betsy (who is his sister, but is hanging off him like they're a little too close) that he just drove up from the base, and wonders if he has time to change before dinner. He's stopped cold by Roxanne, and says he doesn't believe they've met. Roxanne says nothing, and waits for an irritated Betsy to say, "This is Roxanne. She hates war." Boy, that isn't a completely contrived setup line at all. That Marine will sure set the war-hating Roxanne straight, I warrant you! "Don't we all," says the Marine. WHAAAAAAA---? Wow! Brenda Hampton, I'm sold. I hate war too, and therefore I assumed that the fighting men and women of the U.S. armed forces love war. But you're presenting such a nuanced portrait of this Marine, that I'm totally coming around! And nice move casting Costas Mandylor! He was just poured into that uniform!
Opening credits and commercials. I realize it's tough for Planters to make Mr. Peanut seem hip to today's crowd, what with the top hat and monocle and all, but it's going to take slightly more than showing him breakdancing to the Bay City Rollers. Call me crazy.