Cue phone ringing. Shot of clock saying 3:17 AM.
"Always bad news." Pan up to phone by clock. Pan up to phone by doorway, phone in hallway, phone in foyer, phone at top of stairs. There are fifteen rooms in this house, easily. The kids come creeping out to see Mitch take off. Mary delivers the bad news. "Jeff had a heart attack." He's dead. They all hug as Cameron's cheek does this twitchy thing. Fade to five-note Get Real jingle as Meghan gets on her computer and we hear this voice-over as she talks: "Lily, I just heard. I'm so sorry. I don't know what room you're in right now or when you're going to see this..." As if the first thing a teen does when she loses her dad is go straight to the computer to talk to Natas666 and CaRtMaNRullZ in "teenspirit." Lily is, of course, crying in what we assume is her mom's lap. They cry without tears as Meghan finishes her IM with "I love you."
A small gathering happens at Jeff's place as we hear the five-note Get Real jingle on clarinet. Mary offers to throw the reception. Joanne says she shouldn't because it's the same day as the big birthday party. Mary says she wants to. Joanne then explains how Jeff died. "He was in the bathroom brushing his teeth." She heard a noise and went to check on him. "He was laying [sic] on the floor, the toothbrush buzzing around next to him." I tell myself that's not funny. Mary's face shows she's telling herself the same thing. Lily continues the story but she's talking to Meghan. They talk about seeing dead people. Meghan listens, interrupts, listens. Her hair is sad.
Rebecca passes Kenny a note saying she knows what he's going through, but he doesn't read it. He's thinking about his dad.
Mitch walks into the funeral home and we hear the five-note Get Real jingle on oboe. He sits next to a casket and starts talking to Jeff. He tells him that Lily and Joanne are hanging in there. He reminds him that he still owes him fifty bucks. He bitches about Jeff not taking care of himself and now nobody is there for him anymore. Who's gonna tell him when Springsteen's in concert? Who's gonna bitch about sports? Who's gonna talk about how Letterman sucks? It's always about Mitch, isn't it? It turns out he's talking to an empty casket. "You would have loved this," he says to Jeff. Meghan voice-overs that her dad needs either a good laugh or a good cry.