Cut to Gabe explaining to Joe and Sarah that he nicked the vodka because "these guys were having a party." He says he's sorry and that it was stupid; Joe says mildly that they're "all in agreement there," and Gabe repeats, more pissily this time, that he's sorry. Gabe's hair is really bad, all floofy like Keanu's in Bill & Ted's, and I love that movie, but Gabe is not Keanu. Sarah appreciates the apology, but that won't cut it, not when he broke the rules of the house, and the law. Gabe spazzes at the mention of the law, and Joe advises Sarah to bring it down notch, telling Gabe that Sarah's not going to "call the cops" or anything. Sarah isn't pleased, and corrects him icily that "Gabe needs to realize that there are lines he can't cross" without consequences. Joe is even less pleased, and tells Sarah not to "get carried away" before ordering Gabe upstairs. Sarah snaps that Joe isn't "helping him" with this strategy, and Joe again tells Gabe to go upstairs; after he's pouted away, Sarah bitches Joe out for undermining her, and I'm sorry, but shouldn't the two of them have agreed on a plan for talking to Gabe before getting in a scrap in front of him? You discuss the punishment and then you pronounce sentence as a united front. And on that same subject -- the ending of the prior scene led me to believe, when I first watched, that, while she was conflicted about it, Sarah was obviously going to tell Joe about the vodka, but since she didn't until now, it's maybe a bit hypocritical of her to say she feels undermined. Joe skips that aspect of it to tell her that it won't help to come down hard on Gabe right now; he knows his own kid, and he'll handle it. Sarah, angrily loading the dishwasher, complains that "this is so classic" -- first Gabe convinces her to team up against Joe, and now he's teaming up with Joe against her. Again: the first part of that is your fault, missy. Joe dismisses this by saying he has to shower for Justin's thing, so if they could just save the "psychobabble" for later... Sarah slams the fridge door and says she's trying to be a good mother to Gabe: "I know that's what he wants when he's here." "He has a mother," Joe points out. Sarah says almost tearfully that Gabe's mother isn't here, and she is. ...Feh. Gabe's a teenager; wouldn't they have talked this sort of thing out by now, the rules of the house, who disciplines him and so on? It's not like Joe and Sarah just got married. The writing here comes off like Gabe is a recent addition to their lives; the conflict is realistic, but the timing is off.