Joan wheels a book truck through the bookstore. There's a ridiculously precarious stack of books on it -- Professor Frink calls it "Joan's tower of babble." She's quietly shelving a book when she hears Judith's voice: "Hey, girlfriend." Joan turns and sees Judith sitting on the nearby sofa with her back to her, reading a magazine. Judith turns around on the couch, allowing us to see that she's reading something called Living Times. Har. I announce that I usually hate it when people come back from the dead on TV, but Frink and I agree that it's better if it's in a dream or flashback than if they appear as a ghost or some other paranormal whatever. Really hate the ghost thing. I had a root canal the day before this episode, so I'm in no mood for stuff I hate. Judith smiles at Joan and says, "I'm so bored. When can we get out of here?" Joan asks: "Judith what are you doing alive?" Judith says she's waiting for Joan: "Come on. Joanith can be together all day. You know you want to." There's some wonky dream music and Joan sighs, looking back at her tower of babble, which is now at least twice the height it was. She looks up at the stack, and the camera angle makes it seem even taller. Judith grabs her hand, telling her, "Don't be scared, JoJo. Come on!" Judith pulls her through the bookstore, and they knock similar stacks of books off the tops of bookcases as they go. They run slo-mo through the avalanche of books, giggling as they try to avoid the falling volumes.
Cut to Joan stirring in bed, smiling, as she wakes up from the dream. Her smile fades as she realizes she was dreaming.
Adam, Joan, Grace, and Luke arrive at school to find the hallway filled with sports equipment and trophies, and a bunch of jocks recruiting people. Adam's excited: "Aw, great. Another chance for us to feel like a subdefective." Luke mutters, "Fighting over balls, adding muscle mass for no socially productive use it's an evolutionary anomaly." Joan: "Friedman tried gymnastics." Grace: "Yeah, and almost lost his jewels on the vault." Grace laughs at the memory and asks where he is. Since when does she care? No, seriously. Of these four, she's the least likely to give a crap. Luke says he's on a cruise with his family celebrating his grandmother's new kidney. That is an incredibly specific piece of information regarding his whereabouts. What's that about? I mean, it's not like most viewers would have thought anything of his absence from this scene. Perhaps that's going to figure into a later episode? Helen crosses their path and tells them that Judith's mother called to let her know that Judith's headstone is finished, and she wondered if any of them wanted to come along to the cemetery. Joan giggles, which I totally don't understand. Adam: "Sure." Helen gives Joan a questioning look, and Adam looks at her, too. Joan: "I'm sorry. Judith would just think that's lame." Helen doesn't know what to say, nor does anyone else. Joan: "What, going to look at a rock?" Helen says it's up to her, and offers to drive anyone who's interested to the cemetery on Thursday after school. The other kids mutter their thanks and Joan turns and faces all of them with a bored, irritated look: "Oh, come on, don't you think that's dumb?" Adam decides to avoid the whole thing: "Meet you after school?" Joan says he'd better as he kisses her quickly and walks off as the bell rings. Luke tells Grace he'll see her later, moving in close enough to try to kiss her, but when Grace realizes what he's up to, she quickly moves out of range and tells him, "Oh, yeah, later." Frink: "Come on! You tore up the contract!" Luke looks disappointed but not particularly surprised. He sure is tenacious. Tenacious G.