Joan approaches Adam in the hallway at school and asks if he has a minute. He hesitates for a bit and finally says, "Sure." He's wearing a toque and a t-shirt and a windbreaker. No hoodie, no vintage shirt. Damn it, he's his own man. Joan blurts out that she got into a big fight with her father about Richard and now her dad totally hates her. She suddenly interrupts herself: "Hey, how come -- how come you're wearing your old shirt?" Adam doesn't explain, just says he's sure her father doesn't hate her. Joan: "Well, he should! I mean, I'm the one who set this whole huge mess in motion. I don't even know what I was thinking. All I was supposed to do was pass geometry." Adam: "Uh, you're losing me." Joan: "It's okay. I mean, there's nothing to say. I just -- I needed you." That makes Adam stop walking for a moment -- he never knows what to do with these outbursts from her.
Joan: "Oh, God, I shouldn't have said that." He says it's okay. Joan says, "No, it's not, it's just one more thing that's wildly out of control right now. Us! Or at least me, the human wrecking ball." Adam wanders along in his usual confused state, saying, "It's not just you, it --" Joan tries again: "Adam, I know I've been such a flake with you." He considers that briefly, and replies, "Unchallenged." Hee. Joan: "It's just that first kiss. The one that was supposed to go away." Adam swallows a bit and looks away, then says gently, "Iris and me are together, Jane." Joan says softly, with a somewhat desperate look on her face, "I know but last night " Her voice is slightly hoarse, slightly squeaky. He doesn't know what to say about that. Of course, at this point Iris walks up and says, "Hey," and kisses Adam on the cheek. With her usual forced cheer, she says, "I always seem to be interrupting you two." Yes, yes you do. Maybe you could just go away. She asks what's up. Adam: "Just stuff." Joan says it's kind of personal -- "family stuff." Adam assures Iris it's "nothing weird." He bites his lip a bit. Joan makes an escape to her piano lesson. They watch her go, and then Iris pulls Adam in the opposite direction with an incredibly bitchy raise of her eyebrow. Yow.