Courtney from THE FUTURE pops up here, and blathers about how this primary -- remember, the one they're talking about in the bits from THE FUTURE? The bits from THE FUTURE totally disappear from my short-term memory mere seconds after I watch them -- got really personal, and the pollsters were asking all these hypothetical questions about how they'd feel if they found out that Bobby had a family member with a drug problem, or some illegitimate kids or killed a man or used to be a woman. "It wasn't Democrats making those calls. It was Republicans. His own party. I watched them devour him whole," she says, shaking her head.
Speaking of drug problems, Grace is home, listening to John Hiatt's version of "Have A Little Faith in Me" and smoking a joint. Bobby gets home all worked up over the Jack fight, and stumbles into the den to talk to his mom. She tries, but she can't hide that she's high. Bobby is clearly disappointed by her drug-addled attempts to relate to him, and looks even more stunned when she starts giggling as she pats a place next to her on the sofa. She then waxes poetic about the song, and chuckles about how they used to listen to it all the time, and make cookies! "We should do that again soon!" she chirps. Poor Bobby grits his teeth and nods. At last, Grace grasps that he's upset about something. "You're doing it again," he says. Grace immediately looks sullen, like a child. "Can we talk about this later?" she asks. "Just tell me what happened with Jack." Bobby almost stamps his foot. "He hates me now and it's all your fault!" he tells her. Thank goodness she's operating at her full mental faculties at the moment. Bobby then adds that he really doesn't want to talk to her when she's high. "I'm still me! Look!" Grace says, and stands, spreading her arms. "I wish you were someone else," Bobby says -- predictably -- and runs out of the house and down the street.
FUTURE Courtney notes that Bobby was, like, really totally sad at the end of the California primary, you know, because of how mean the Republicans were and stuff. "It felt like the end of everything. And for a while, it was." Okay, seriously? These moments from THE FUTURE? Could they tie in more with what's going on in scene? Because right now, they are so tenuously connected, it's hard to follow the threads. I get that when Jack yelled at Bobby and his mom was high, maybe it felt like the end of everything to Bobby, but that's not a really visceral example of something that could make an eighth-grader feel like everything was over, mostly because the majority of eighth-graders are already pissed at their mothers anyway. It feels like the end of everything when your first love breaks up with you, or you're in a terrible fight with your best friend, or you have to change schools. Not when you have a fight with your brother, even if he is cool.