Pueblo and his mother launch into an argument as Stephanie -- in another room, or maybe the same room, it's not really clear -- tries to amuse herself while her loved ones caw at each other like crows.
"I was just asking to borrow thirty dollars, Mom," says Pueblo, "if you don't want me to, that's fine!" "Pablo," shouts his mother, obviously unaware of his new nickname, "try to be a man!" "I AM a man! I just don't need you to --" retorts Pueblo. And this is where it gets ugly. I mean, so ugly that I can't even write down what they say to each other. Not because I won't, but because I CAN'T. They're both talking so goddamn fast I can't keep up. What is WITH this episode anyway? Huh? It's so goddamn dialogue-heavy that I've got barely enough room to give forth my pithy commentary! Jesus!
It's back and forth, back and forth; they're yelling over one another...Mama Pueblo brings up gym summer school (the hell?), Pueblo puts her off by saying he's got his cap and his gown in his car, she responds that he is her son and she loves him, and Stephanie's off in some room, taking out her frustrations on what looks like a silicon breast implant. "But where do you go?" cries Pueblo's mama. "Where ARE you? Where are you when I need you? Where are you when I wanna hug you? Where are you when I wanna say, 'I love you, Pablo'?" Pablo (yes, I can't refer to him as "Pueblo" in this instance) tries to fight back with tears rolling down his face, "You tell me that when I come home --" but he's cut off by his mother and her emotional avalanche. They both scream, inches away from each other, Stephanie just rooms away, hearing every angry and emotional word.
"Pablo!" says his mother. "You know how much I love you. You know that. You know that." Pablo, a quivering mess by this time, can't even respond to his mother. His mother just looks at him, waiting for something. I'm not quite sure what.
"When we fight," says Pablo, now in his car, with Stephanie in the back, "it's like we're not even really talking to each other. We say the most hurtful things." Pablo walks Stephanie down some stairs in the rain and then they're on the shores of Lake Michigan. "My deepest aspiration for Stephanie is that, maybe, all the stuff that my mom and I have gone through will be worth it, to help my little sister. When she becomes my age. I hope that they can talk things through. That they can speak to each other and my sister doesn't have to deal with the desperation of needing to leave, the desperation of needing to escape her own home."