We get a quick recap of all the wacky shenanigans that have been going on throughout the early morning hours at Casa de Pledgehouse while Earl considers his options. He can depledge. He can move out of the house and continue to pledge. Or he can go back to the house, make up with Steve, and continue pledging. Earl is a bastion of common sense. Earl doesn't have any interest in apologizing to Steve; he doesn't care to see him, nor to have him as a brother. But he'd love to keep him around as a guy to shoot fire extinguishers at. Hooo boy, it sho' is fun to coat the kid with sulfur!
Over at the Student Union, Earl is on a couch, telling Tim and Alex that it's not so much that he's pissed at Steve, but that he's sometimes disappointed in wondering what his deal is. Earl isn't the most eloquent guy in the pledge house. But if "I'm disappointed in wondering what your deal is" is the stupidest thing he's ever said, he's still miles ahead of Tim in the common-sense department. Tim says that he and Steve are on the outs, while he and Earl are on the ins. Brad, reeling from the morphine, pops into the scene and asks, "Did somebody say ins and outs?" Earl admits that he's slept most of the day on this couch in the student union center, and that he feels better because of it. Tim tells Earl that he definitely won this war with Steve, which makes Earl burst into a full-fledged grin. That's all he wanted to hear -- that he won. Earl says he just needed some time away from the group, and now he feels a lot better, seeing his pledge brothers again and hearing that he won the war from no less an expert in mind games than Tim.
It's Halloween, and the brothers are having a party. Mags is dressed as Fred Flintstone while Brad's dressed as a fairy. No, wait -- he says he's Bashful from the Seven Dwarves. Yeah right, dude. So why the Tinkerbell outfit? The pledges are dressed as a six-pack of Killians. Earl tracks down Chang to ask his advice on his problems with Steve. Chang tells Earl that all pledges fight and release steam, but that they should give Steve a chance to prove himself. Then Chang tells Earl to try to grab the pebble from Chang's hand. And he calls him "Grasshopper" a lot. Earl keeps trying to grab the pebble, but Chang's much faster than Earl. This goes on for a few minutes and is designed to make Earl feel even better about his situation. Earl would love to know what's going on in Steve's head, but rather than ask Steve himself, the cameraman asks him. Steve says that Earl just had to release some anger, but Steve doesn't take Earl seriously, so he just blew it all off. That's right, Steve-O. As long as that white horse is coursing through your veins, everything's all right, isn't it? I'm still waiting for the very special episode where Steve detoxes. That should be a hoot.