Downstairs, the CamRents are desperately trying to convince themselves that Captain Jack is not dating Mary. Annie even offers to fix him up some "nice women" from the church. Hey, how about Serena? She was a charmer. Jack fends off the CamRents rather nicely while leaving them no doubt that he is indeed dating their daughter. He and Mary skip out for their date, leaving the stunned CamRents in their wake. Hey, now that Jack is dating a Camden, surely he'll want to move into the CamPound soon. With the Garage Treehouse taken, I'm not sure where he's going to sleep, though. In Robbie's room, perhaps? Maybe there's a dilapidated garden shed out by the trash cans?
As they're walking out the front door, Ruthie's little "boyfriend" walks in. It's that Jake kid from the Valentine's Day episode -- the guy who looks like a young Shaun Cassidy. Just as he asks the CamRents if Ruthie is home, Eisenhower starts squealing. Jake looks confused. No, Jake, that's not Ruthie. It's just her chimpanzee.
The date finally gets underway, but it doesn't seem to be going all that well. Jake, Ruthie, and Eisenhower are all sitting on the living room couch together, while RevCam sits in a chair and stares moodily into space. Annie comes into the room and asks him for some help in the kitchen. After he leaves, Ruthie and Jake discuss their game plan. I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but it sounds like Ruthie is not actually interested in Jake (thank God) but is just using him to distract RevCam from the problem of Eisenhower. I wonder how Jake feels about the fact that Ruthie obviously prefers a chimp to him. That must be a blow to the ego. She asks Jake to put his arm around her, even though RevCam's not back yet. This sends Eisenhower into a jealous tizzy. To say that I'm squicked out by that would be an understatement.
Over at Ma Camden's Family Feedbag, Annie is trying vainly to cheer up RevCam. She's pretty deeply mired in denial about the whole Captain Jack and Mary dating situation. She also thinks that Ben will show up and "convince Mary he loves her." Okay, it might happen. But why would anyone think that's a good thing? Annie tries to distract Eric from spying on Ruthie and Jake by enticing him with an invitation to read the twins a bedtime story. When he says he can't leave Ruthie and the boy alone in the living room, Annie plaintively asks, "You'd rather be with Ruthie and her boyfriend and that chimpanzee than me?" Actually, he would rather do that, thank you very much. I don't blame him. Under the gun, I might be willing to avoid Ruthie by spending some time with Annie, but throwing the twins into the equation kind of tips the balance.