Ruthie is critiquing RevCam's tuna casserole dinner. She teaches him a Valuable Lesson about avoiding the embarrassing faux pas of serving up an all-beige meal. She has a point, but it's really all just a segue into another tense discussion between RevCam and the Colonel. Nosy Parker Sr. makes vaguely disparaging remarks about Annie going back to school. Finally Eric asks him outright, "Why are you here?" I can respect the direct approach, even though that's kind of a cold-blooded thing to say to your own father. The Colonel answers that question with a question: "Do I need a reason?" When RevCam answers in the affirmative, the Colonel just laughs at him and walks out of the kitchen. Okay, I guess I can respect that too.
Over at the pool hall, Matt and John are discussing their organic chemistry practice test. You know, this scene is so irritating, I can barely stand to describe it. We'll just get this over with quickly, okay? Dopey blames his troubles with Heather for distracting him from "doing [his] best work" at school. I regret to inform you that this "placing the blame" thing will be an ongoing theme for Dopey throughout the episode. The idea that someone thought this would be a good, funny premise for a subplot makes me so sad that I have to go lie down for a while. Poor John looks kind of sad, too, at the quality of some of the lines he has to deliver as Dopey's straight man. Mary comes to the table and pretty much begs the guys for a tip. Dopey's tip is that the Colonel is in town, and "the only thing worse than a lecture from [RevCam] is..." Mary finishes his sentence: "...A lecture from the Colonel." I beg to differ. I can think of way worse things than that. There's all of this week's subplots, for example. Like John fussing over Dopey's personal life. I've kind of given up hoping they'll ever give John a real plot of his own. Okay, if I dwell on that too long, I'll just get all sad again. Oh, and Mary? Matt's not the only one who's got a tip for you: Think about someone other than yourself once in a while, you rude git.