Ken walks down the street, his hands in his pockets. Daniel pulls up beside him and orders Ken to get in the car. Ken hesitates. Daniel insists. All is forgiven. They're guys. No one's gay. Daniel is seventy-nine years old.
Finally, a commercial!
It's obviously the day of Bush's visit. Mr. Rosso has cleaned himself up -- he's wearing a real suit and his hair is in a tidy braid down his back -- and is complimenting some girl, off-camera, on her red-white-and-blue blouse. Lindsay trudges into school in her army jacket and the A-1 Sporting Goods t-shirt, and marvels at Mr. Rosso's transformation. He accepts the compliment politely and asks her if she's ready. She says she guesses she is, and asks him if he is. He says he is, apologizes for the scene in the parking lot, and says how excited he is that Bush is there. Lindsay looks like she doesn't know which is the true Jeff Rosso -- the bitter man breaking into his mother's car, or the giddy man with the pigtail. She wanders over to where Kim is leaning against the wall. Kim asks, "So, are you really going to do it?" Lindsay whips open her jacket to reveal the t-shirt and cracks, "I'm a member of the Weir party!" Kim snickers.
Elsewhere, Sam is wearing a rather smart grey turtleneck and telling Neal and Bill, "My stomach hurts." Bill says that his stomach would hurt, too, if he were "breaking up with the prettiest girl in school." Hey, I thought Bill wanted them to break up! Maybe he's just busting Sam's balls. Neal bitterly says that he's glad Sam's stomach hurts, and that the pain is Sam's body telling him he's making a mistake. Sam repeats Lindsay's wise counsel about pretty girls' not always being cool, but Neal will have none of it: "Okay, Sam? First of all, of course it does. And secondly, you're just scared! I mean, years from now, you'll be sitting in your house, looking at your unattractive kids with your unattractive wife, saying to yourself, 'Man, why did I ever dump that goddess, Cindy Sanders?'" Okay, Neal? First of all, Bill Gates is not cute (or, at least, not to anyone but me), but he managed all right in the attractive wife department. Second, Cindy may well be pretty, but her personality is very unattractive, which is far more significant, and will only grow to be more important to Sam as he grows up, meets more women, and decides what sort of lifelong mate he wishes to have. Third, who marries his ninth-grade girlfriend, anyway? And fourth, Neal, shouldn't you regard Sam's ditching Cindy as your opportunity to swoop in and nab her for yourself? Fifth, whatever, which is pretty much what Sam says as he marches away to dump Cindy. Neal and Bill watch him go. Neal is incredulous, and Bill chooses exactly the right moment to ask him, "Did I ever tell you about the time that I made out with Vicki Appleby?" Neal tells him to shut up. Bill grins. So do I.