In the kitchen, Grams bustles about. Joey and Dawson offer to help, and Grams instructs them to "pray." Dawson asks if they should pray for anything in particular, and Grams hefts a stack of plates and says, "General prayer would be fine." Heh. Grams leaves, and Jen rumbles into the kitchen in third gear, and her hair looks like a bike helmet that got stomped on by the world's largest crinkle-soled Puma Clyde. Dawson asks about Jen's mom, and Joey wonders if they'll get to meet her; Jen, trying without much success to stifle tears, says she'd love for them to meet her, "it's just that we seem to be having a little failure to communicate right now." Jen continues futzing around in various drawers and cupboards as Dawson prods, "Did you know she was coming?" Jen shakes her head, "Big surprise. Guerrilla style. Seems my mom is a graduate of the Ho Chi Minh school of parenting." "Ho Chi Minh"? Despite the fact that Jen has tears running down her face and seems downright unwilling to meet his eye, Dawson sallies forth with yet another nosy inquiry: "Is she here for some reason other than Thanksgiving? Any news on the home front?" Jen turns to glare at Dawson before saying sarcastically, "You mean, is she begging me to return home to the familial fold [block that metaphor!]? I don't think so." Dawson keeps pressing, asking if Jen talked to her mother, whether her mother said anything, and Jen asks what exactly they would have said, and Dawson guesses that maybe Helen said she missed Jen and feels sorry she sent Jen away. Finally, Jen cuts Dawson off, saying that since she was thirteen, "that woman has done nothing but stare at me with a look of mild disregard [sic], like I was some stranger who spilled a cocktail on her carpet." Joey, silent thus far, interrupts to play the My Mother Died card. Again. Joey we don't know our parents blah blah blah they don't know us blah blah blah before we get the chance to ask them things, they're gone blah blah blah orphancakes. Jen whispers, "I'm sorry," and tries to stammer that she didn't think of how Joey must feel, and Joey tells Jen to give Helen a chance, because Helen came to talk to Jen, and Jen owes her that much. Sorry, Joey, but your mother's untimely death doesn't automatically forgive all the other mothers in the world for crappy parenting. Oh, and also, we get it.
Episode Report CardSars: D | 341 USERS: C+
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