In the backyard, Susan shakes out some coals into the Hibachi. (And who here can see where this is headed? Who here who didn't see the eight million previews that aired for this week's show, that is?) Daddy Hainsworth marvels at the incredible novelty of grilling meats, noting how "primal" it all is. I find it hard to believe that the English, even the uppah-uppah ones, are so sheltered as to never have heard of BBQ, though maybe they really do boil every last thing? Lynn Redgrave comments that it all makes her feel like some "gloriously rough-hewn cowgirl" (yes, and also every cowboy sings a sad, sad song). Susan confirms that the word is indeed "victuals," and they all titter. As they chat, Susan -- wearing a tee layered under a strange purple sweater thing with a gigantic cowl neckline that dangles open to halfway down her belly, or where her belly would be if she had such a thing -- busies herself with squirting an absurd amount of lighter fluid onto the coals. (How about now? Now do you see where this is headed?)
Ian and Daddy Hainsworth head into the house to get Lynn Redgrave a "thimbleful of gin" -- though the fact that Ian, who moments before was afraid for his mother's life because of a lowly rose, suddenly trusts Susan with an impressive supply of combustibles makes exactly zero sense. Inside, Ian confesses to his father that he was nervous that the big Meet The Parents thing wasn't going to go well. Daddy commiserates by telling Ian "The Harrowing Tale of the Dropped Scone," which transpired during his own first meeting with Lynn Redgrave's parents. As Daddy's story unfolds, the inevitable In-Law Inferno scene plays out through the window behind them, in a move lifted directly from Harold & Maude. Though sadly, because the fire was so heavy-handedly telegraphed here: See Susan shake out the coals! STOP. See Susan squirt the lighter fluid! STOP -- the scene isn't nearly as surprising or funny as it was in the original movie.