"When I first met Jack, I was too young to see him as anything, really, other than a crush says," says a woman from THE FUTURE identified as "Former First Lady Courtney McCallister," who, for what it's worth, has aged incredibly poorly. "Our relationship never really developed the way either one of us thought it would. But what first love does?" Or, really, any love?
High school, where Marcus is dealing with the fact that now they have to hang out with Bobby all the time. "What's the matter, Marcus? Worried that when the chicks see me, they'll forget all about you?" Bobby chuckles -- rather charmingly, it must be said. Marcus mutters that maybe he'll just wire Bobby's jaw shut. And there's Courtney, who strolls across the quad with some paperwork to tell Bobby that she did a little running around, and Unrealistic High now has a space club. Bobby falls totally in love with her right there and starts yammering about when they'll have their meetings. He's cycling through the days of the week when Marcus grabs him. "Just come with me, little man," he says. "I don't want to come with you," Bobby whines. "Too bad," saysMarcus . Courtney and Jack stare at each other. She looks quite pretty in red. He tells her that it's been a bad week, so if she could tell him how much she hates him later? That would be great. Courtney just says that she heard about the track team, and about his brother and...she'll see him around. She smiles. Jack asks her if she might want to do something some time. She's totally into that vague invitation and tells him that she's still waiting on that "life-altering experience." Jack grins. "Yeah, I'm working on that," he tells her. I wonder if it involves...no, I can't even type that. It's too dirty. Courtney smiles flirtatiously and walks off.
"Yes, I loved Jack once," Future Fugly Courtney says. "But I never could have predicted how things would change -- how the world would change, how my face would take this turn for the worse. It wasn't until many years alter that I really saw Bobby. Before any of us did." Yes, yes. Bobby is really important and special and miraculous and practically the Christ child come back to earth. We get it.
So, Bobby comes home to find his mom hooking up their new TV. Rock on! TV makes everyone's life better. ["Too bad she's set it beside the couch instead of in front of it." -- Wing Chun] Grace explains that she returned the synthesizer. "You're more of the sax type, anyway," she says. Like Bill Clinton, no? Grace sighs and apologizes for lying about Bobby's father. Grace: "I guess I just wanted you to have somebody to look up to. Somebody besides me. Something to aspire to. Do you understand?" Bobby, bless his heart, says no. "Right. Okay," Grace sighs, and explains that she was working as an adjunct professor and waitressing to make ends meet. Bobby's father, she explains, was a busboy, newly in from Mexico; he wanted to be an architect: "He had such kindness. Like you." Grace's friends thought she was nuts, because they barely spoke the same language, but they understood enough to "be together," although not to last. "We just weren't happy. And so...he left. His name was Juan Roberto [Something In Spanish That I Didn't Catch]. That's why I called you Jack and Bobby. For his names. John and Robert." Grace looks at him expectantly. "That's why? It's so boring," Bobby complains. Grace laughs and tells him that the truth usually is. "But, Bobby, this is something I don't usually tell people...." she adds. Bobby assures her that he gets it. And Grace nods and tosses him the remote.