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.
Anyway. Present-Day Bobby shows up at Courtney's house -- which is a different house than the one in the pilot -- and meets a quizzical Peter at the door. "You're not a date, are you?" Peter asks. He is relieved that Bobby is not, and lets him upstairs. Do you get it? Because they get married in the future? If only Peter knew!
Meanwhile, Grace and Jack are driving around town looking for the little pipsqueak. Well, Jack is driving because Grace is still too stoned. He suggests that they try Courtney's, since Bobby likes talking to her so much. Grace groans. "Okay, just stop avoiding the inevitable and go ahead and yell at me," she says. He says he can't. She tells him she's really sorry she got too high to drive. Jack says this is all his fault anyway, because he totally snapped and screamed at Bobby. Jack is totally the only adult in this family, by the way He probably faked his own death to get away from these people. Also, I hate Grace. I had to put that in there. I hadn't said it in several pages. "He's so irritating, but he's so..." Jack begins. "He's so good," Grace sighs. Yes. So we have heard. He doesn't appear particularly, unusually good to me, though. Shouldn't he at least be rescuing kittens from fires or something? "It's hard to raise someone who's a better person than you are. Thank your lucky stars you only had to learn that lesson once. I had to learn it twice," she tells him. Jack looks over her, amazed that she just told him that Bobby is better than he. Oh, Grace. Shut up.
Talking Head Senator from the boring, boring FUTURE. He says he offered Bobby a Vice-Presidential position on his ticket, even though it was regional suicide. And despite the fact that we learned last week that the position had basically ceased to exist. ["And despite the fact that Senator John Heard told us at the top of the show that he and Bobby were both Missourians, and you can't have both candidates on a ticket from the same state, which even I know, and I am Canadian." -- Wing Chun] "And he said, 'I'll get back to you,'" the Senator chuckles. "Worse decision I ever made. And the last one that ever mattered." You guys? Bad news. Apparently, in the future, we're all going to be talking in pretentious sound bites.