Carol and Troy end up down at the pond where he dumped her. They talk about being the King and Queen of Stuckeyville back then. Troy says that even though he has everything he could want now, he will never be happier than he was in high school. It's actually sad and pathetic until you realize this guy was your typical cocky jock who made all the losers lives a living hell. Then it's actually kinda funny.
Back at the bowling alley, Phil is counselling a young teen girl whose parents don't understand her when Ed shows up, shutting down the therapy session. Carol walks in and tells Ed that she found Troy to be kind of sad and that she felt sorry for him because his best days are behind him. She also informs Ed that if she had to do it all over again, she would have gone out with Ed in high school, and not Troy.
Warren walks through the bowling alley and runs up on Jessica. Jessica says goodbye and that a couple of them are going over to a friend's house. Warren gets excited and says that he'll be there when Jessica begins hemming and hawing. It's not her house and it's not her party, so she doesn't think she can invite Warren. Warren is crushed. Jessica turns and leaves with the jocks who shoot Warren a look that says, "No matter how cool you think you may be...you're still a loser." Ed and Carol stare at Warren and feel his pain.
After the party, Ed and Warren sit in the now-quiet bowling alley. Warren tells Ed that he feels like he should be automatically inducted into the Loser Hall of Fame. Ed corrects him. "Do you know what you did tonight?" he asks. "You seized the day. You took your shot." Warren reminds Ed that, in the end, Jessica left with Tim Cooper, the self-centered thug/Rifleman. Ed says that this is not the end of the day...just the first half. Warren asks what happens in the second half. Ed tells him that the Rifleman will end up selling pharmaceuticals just like Troy. Warren asks what will happen to himself? And Ed says, "You...you get the girl." My heart just melts and a tear runs down my face. Just like Ed, Warren will someday harbor an unhealthy crush on a woman who does not requite his love, yet will have himself fully convinced that he is the winner.
Sniff, sniff....do I smell a spin-off?