Scooter's Office. Edna hurries in, late. Scooter accosts her, saying it was a horrible morning, and her duties are to be there on time, do her job, and get her check on Thursdays. "If you can't handle that, you just say the word." Edna, as we all suspected, says the word. She tells Scooter that he's a schmuck, and she's had it with him and his dimples. "I'm moving to Phase 3." She slams the door on poor Scooter and his dimples. Whoops.
Back to the tour, where Treat is being even more obnoxious than he was before. The guide shows them the music hall. Treat pops his gum and comments, "Mmm, good acoustics." The guide says that actually, there's no gum allowed in the hall. Treat tells her to hold on, makes a big show of swallowing his gum, opens his mouth and says, "All gone. See?" Good GOD. Ephram tells his dad that the tours over for him, and to go wait in the car. Like a six-year-old. Which he IS. Treat whines that he totally wants to see more. Ephram is about to lose it. The tour guide says she really wants to keep the tour moving, so if anyone is tired, or maybe wants to stay there and work out some family issues, that'd be great. After everyone leaves, Ephram asks Treat why he even came. Treat says he thought he might get a sweatshirt -- "My son gave up a promising future, and all I got was an in-state tuition!" God. Treat MAD! Treat SMASH! WE. GET. IT. Ephram says there's nothing wrong with Colorado. Treat says there isn't if you're not trying to get into Juilliard, and he can't lose his focus, or even give himself the option of failure. Ephram says failure might not be such a bad thing, and piano takes up so much of his life that he doesn't have time for anything else. It must also be mentioned that Treat's front teeth look totally weird in this scene, all bucky and scary. Did he get some of his gum stuck on them? Anyway. Treat says he doesn't need to be thinking about anything else. Ephram says he's been pressured for so long that he doesn't know if piano is something he wants, or something he agreed to when he was ten. Treat's all, "Come on." Ephram says it's true, that Treat wants him to go to a special school for special kids, because God forbid he turn out to be "normal." Treat accuses Ephram of just being scared, and says this is when he needs to trust his ability. "You cannot be afraid of failure." Ephram shoots back, "I'm not scared of what happens if I fail, or don't get in. I'm scared of what happens if I do. That's it. One thing. Piano. I'll be just like you were before she died. It took Mom dying to wake you up. I don't want to have to lose something to keep myself from turning into you." Ooh. Burn. Treat looks sad, and sticks out his teeth. Treat, call me, I know a great orthodontist!