The next day, Joan goes back to the park where the girls are jumping rope. When Casper sees her, she comments to a girl quietly, "Watch out for her, yo. Her pops is 5-0." Joan asks Casper, "What's up with you? We were all hanging out having a good time and then you jet like some freak show." Another girl comes up and says, "Who do you think you are, girl? Better step off!" Casper tells her, "It's cool. Keep jumping." Casper pulls Joan aside and says, "I had to go, a'ight? Chill!" Joan: "Chill? Are you in some kind of trouble?" Casper says she's not, but that it was a mistake for her to go to Joan's house: "Let's just roll back the clock. You go back to your life, and I'll go back to mine." Joan: "Wait -- here I'm like some embarrassment because you have to keep it real with your homies?" Casper: "You think I'm frontin'? Okay, Princess, why don't you come to my house for dinner?" She pulls some kind of laminated card out of her pocket and shows it to Joan, who looks at it and asks, "A shelter?" Casper: "Yeah. I keep it so real that I sleep there every night. Me and my fifty crazy-ass homies." She snatches the card back. Joan asks about her family. Casper says her mother took off when she was nine, and her dad's "upstate" looking for work (though apparently nobody in Maryland uses the word "upstate" to describe anything). Maybe he's in Pennsylvania. Anyway, Snow White's pretty shocked: "Casper...you're my age...I mean...you can't live in a shelter." Well, what are her choices, exactly? Casper doesn't say anything. Joan figures out that she doesn't go to school at all. Casper asks bitterly: "What are they gonna teach me?" She walks off. Joan grabs her arm and says she can talk to her dad. Casper: "The cop?" Joan says he can help. Casper: "Why do you think I took off? He'd call Children's Services and they'd toss me in a group home." Joan tries to argue, but Casper tells her, "Look, if you want to help me, just stop coming down here. Go back to your castle, Princess." She turns haughtily and jumps back into the ropes, during a nice little ditty about being robbed blind by twenty-four burglars.
The camera drifts across a poster for a book called The Sweetest Note by Michelle Turner, along with a table full of her books for signing. The author photo reveals that it's Andie. Then we see her and Kevin getting coffee, so it's obviously one of those bookstore/coffeehouse-type joints. Too bad it's not Sammy's store -- I would have liked seeing him again. It would be amusing to see Sammy and Kevin try to out-snark each other. I miss Sammy. Meredith Monroe's hair is red, not blonde, and I look at Frink to see if he recognizes her -- the last time we watched Dawson's Creek was the year Andie and Jack came on the show -- but he doesn't, really, so I tell him who it is. Anyway, she's telling Kevin that if it were not for her brother's autism, she wouldn't have realized how much her music could help someone. Kevin: "Well, maybe you could play me something and I'd start dancing." She laughs: "I'm good but I don't know if I'm that good." She says he's not what she expected. Kevin: "You thought I'd be taller, right?" She laughs. Someone sticks a book in her face to sign, and she complies. Kevin says he's got everything he needs. Michelle: "So, what now? I've got one night in Arcadia. What should I do?" Frink: "'Me.'" Kevin thinks for a second and advises her, "Check out Marvin's. Home of the garlic cheeseburger -- guaranteed to rock your world." Like father, like son. Michelle says that sounds like an offer she can't refuse. I didn't hear the "offer" part myself, but then, I'm not on a book tour and trawling for action. I think we'll call her "Randie." Kevin looks at her with a hesitant expression, trying to figure out how to respond, when she realizes: "Oh, that -- that wasn't an offer." Kevin shrugs, "No, I...I should start writing." Randie: "Well, uh...a man's gotta eat, right? Aren't you hungry?" There's an offer if I ever heard one. Kevin smiles: "I guess I could eat something."