The adult gang's walking around after the talent show, and Jackass announces that he's got to go pack, so he's Leaving. He tells Carol he'll be by her place to pick her up at 10. Bye, Jackass. See ya. Don't let the door hit you in the ass. Carol says she doesn't know what she's thinking, because she should go home and pack, too. Carol gets a much warmer sendoff from Molly, Mike, and Nancy, who all hug her goodbye and walk away, leaving Ed and Carol standing there. Carol asks if she has to say anything clever right now, and Ed wants to know why she asked. She says that if she has to continue talking, she's going to cry. Ed tells her she doesn't have to talk, and they embrace in a very long hug. They finally pull apart, and this is where he's going to kiss her. I just know it. He gets ready to kiss her and...first, he says, "You're going to have a great..." and you know he wants to say "life," but he stops himself and says. "...summer." Carol nods her head "yes," and you can tell even Carol is waiting for that kiss. She's waiting for Ed just to say something, anything that will make her change her mind. Something. Anything. They stare at each other for about thirty-five minutes before he says goodbye, and she says goodbye and walks away, leaving Ed alone. Sad and alone. Kinda like me without Nancy. But at least I still have a wife. Ed doesn't even have that. Or a pet. Ed needs a pet. I hope he gets a dog next season, or something. Maybe Nancy will give him her goldfish. That would be cool.
The three younger kids are still exploring this vast Stuckeyville Carnival. Warren's telling the other two they're very lucky that he's so understanding and is handling this so well. Mark goes to put his arm around Diane, and Warren stops him, telling him they're not quite there yet. Mark takes his arm off, and Warren says he was just kidding; he tells Mark to go ahead and put his arm around his lady. They chuckle as Warren says that he didn't want to say anything, but he knew he could do better than Diane, anyway. This prompts Diane to jump on his back and they all playfully run around the field, except Mark, who's lying on the ground with marine biologists desperately trying to roll him back into the nearest ocean.
Carol's at home, packing away, when a knock comes at the door. "It's open," she calls. Someone walks in, and I immediately think, "Uh oh. A polite burglar. Grab your mace, Carol. Grab your freakin' maaaaaace!" Nope. It's Ed. Carol's kinda shocked that it's Ed. My guess is that he's here to kiss her. We've had roughly umpteen false endings to this show already; this has to be where he kisses her. Ed says he won a duck and thought Carol might want it. She loves it. They have to decide on a name for the duck. They go with "Charlie." I would have named him Howard, but that's me. A horn honks outside. "That's Dennis," she says. "Yeah," he says, staring at her, getting ready to kiss her. He doesn't. There's a knock at the door. Carol goes to answer it. Ed grabs her arm and finally...plants a big one on her. At first, she resists, but then...if you watch her jaw, you can see that the chick gets into it. Man. They're slobbering like junior-high kids at the prom. Ed finally draws back, and Carol's eyes are fluttering and rolling around. She even gives a quick, subtle dip that insinuates she's weak in the knees from the kiss. They look at each other while Jackass continues rapping on the door. Finally, Carol wipes her mouth off and says, "It's open." Jackass walks in and sees Ed there. You'd expect him to get all kung-fooey on Ed, but Ed says he just came by to give Carol a "going-away gift." Carol grins. Ed picks up the duck. He tells them to have a great trip, and leaves. Carol looks like a kid who just got caught with her hands in the cookie jar. Or her tongue in her friend's throat. Ed stands on the porch, grinning like a man possessed. I don't understand it, either.