Mom and Jake are tossing around bales of hay at the stable. I like how they're hanging a lantern on the fact that these people have horses, but choose to walk everywhere. And the horses are, as we'll see in a moment, all in the stable, which is why Mom has to come feed them every damn day. Apparently, the Greens haven't heard of this thing called a "pasture." Mom reminisces about Jake's riding prowess, and says that if he'd been more like his "dinky Uncle Dennis" he could have been a jockey. Although that might have interfered with him becoming an expert at every other thing in the world. Then Mom says, "Talk to me. I'm tired of hearing my own voice." Jake silently walks away, carrying a pail, which makes me think he was tired of hearing her voice, too. When she prompts him again, Jake finally says that he's tired, and explains that he's going to get water. The horses start whinnying, and Mom hurries into the barn to see what's going on. As she reaches the door, whoosh, the horses come storming out, knocking her down. Zombie horses! Aieee! Seriously, wouldn't zombie horses be awesome? There aren't enough stories about zombified animals. Jake rushes back and shouts at her to stay down as more horses rush out, leaping over her. Jesus, how many horses do they have in there? The last couple of horses have riders. Mom gasps, "Who are those guys?" Jake looks at the departing herd, and the two riders in camouflage, and makes a sad face.
Commercials. So, let's say you and your friend are horse thieves. You go out to a stable. In broad daylight. Then, as you are preparing to steal the horses, the owners arrive. Do you just lurk around quietly until the owners leave, or do you start a stampede while there are witnesses around who might well be armed? Before you answer, remember that you're a horse thief in Jericho, which means that your cognitive development peaked in kindergarten.
The whole family has regrouped at Casa Green. Mom's arm is in a sling; apparently it's sprained. April says that she'll get Mom some aspirin, and Mom insists she's fine. Dad, who's actually upright, says, "Don't argue with her, Gail. Doctor's orders." And then he mutters, "Bastards." And I suppose he's probably thinking about the horse thieves, but it kind of sounds like he means doctors. Jake heads for the door, and declares that he's going to find Mitchell. Dad asks, "And then what?" Jake says, "I dunno yet." Hee. They should let him go. I can see him now, walking up to Mitchell and threateningly saying, "I've been looking for you." And then Mitchell asks why, and Jake says, "I...don't remember. Crap, I should have written it down. No, no, wait -- don't walk away. Give me a second, I'm sure it'll come to me." And then he'd flap his arms and mutter, "Come on, come on!" to himself. Sadly, none of that happens. Eric says that Jake's already admitted that he didn't see who the riders were. Dad chimes in, "I would like nothing better than to string up the guys who did this, but that's not the way we do things." He adds that the last time Jake tangled with Mitchell, "[Jake] left town and a boy was dead." Jake mumbles that he's changed, and Dad harrumphs and pointedly confiscates the gun Jake had tucked into his pants. Dad and Jake start yelping at each other simultaneously. Jake's argument is something like, "Mitchell bad man! Me go stop! Grr!" Dad's response is, "If this family starts breaking the law, how are we supposed to enforce it?" Well, you don't seem to be enforcing it anyway, so what's the difference?