Meanwhile, as hugs and kisses and congratulations are being shared, Eric (who now looks like the Tin Man, he's practically silver) and Annie look at each other, completely baffled by THE COLONEL's behavior. "My parents have been abducted by aliens," says RevCam. I'm surprised he can still talk. He honestly looks like a corpse. The Grandfolks go to tell George, and again we hear the beating of the Telltale Heart as Eric clutches his left arm and begins to stumble. Hank asks, "Hey, you okay, buddy?" then tells Julie to call Dr. Peterson in the ER while he gets his bag. Annie: "Eric?" Eric: "I think...I'm having...a heart attack." Actually, some pretty nice acting from Stephen Collins (despite the make-up) and Catherine Hicks. But still, come on. Note to the writers: I know you don't have a lot of faith in the general viewing public, but you could try to be a little subtler.
I think that Andie McDowell sucks. And I wish she would get her damn curly locks out of my face.
Back at Glenoak, where RevCam is not only sitting bedside, but also laying in the bed. Ooh, that's deep. The bedridden Eric tells the bedside Eric that "everything's gonna be just fine." Duh. Dr. Peterson comes in, and tells Eric that he had a minor heart attack, and that he's going to need to change his diet and his stressful habits. Enter SuperMom, THE COLONEL, and Ruth, and exit Dr. Peterson. THE COLONEL wants to know if it was he who caused the cardiac arrest, and Eric says that no one was at fault, but he didn't expect the positive reaction from his folks upon hearing about Julie's husband and baby. THE COLONEL goes on to explain that after six months of travel, and seeing people around the world deal with real problems, his daughter having a baby is hardly anything to get worked up about. In fact, he's quite pleased. He then goes on to tell Eric that he needs to "ease up a bit, son." I would just like to note that throughout THE COLONEL's speech, we keep seeing little snippets of Grandma Ruth making strange, almost clown-like faces as she glances back and forth between her husband and her son. Very odd indeed. Dr. Peterson re-enters and tells the folks that visiting hours are over. They take off, leaving Annie and Eric alone. Eric tells Annie not to blame herself, nor to let the children blame themselves. They exchange quite touching "I love you"s, and Annie leaves.