Helen comes home from grocery shopping to find Joan sitting at the table, toying with the plate of pink cupcakes. Helen tells her she can eat one if she wants. Joan: "Oh. Maybe in a minute. You've been out for a long time." Helen says she just went to the store for milk. Joan says, "Mom " Helen asks, "What is it?" Joan sighs as she says, "I lied." She confesses that she went to the concert and they slept in his truck. Helen takes that in: "Wow." Man, she's clueless. Joan: "I know." Helen: "And " Joan: "And it was tense. And weird. And I wanted to talk to you about it, but I couldn't." Helen says nothing. Joan turns her head toward Helen slightly, wondering where the onslaught is: "Why aren't you mad at me?" Helen sits down next to her: "I will be. What happened?" Okay, she may be clueless, but she's pretty cool, too. Joan: "Well, he wanted to but I didn't. I don't know why." Helen allows herself a subtle sigh. Joan: "I'm all confused." She laughs weakly. "It -- I -- I don't know what's right, I just I just know I feel like I've lost everyone." Helen smiles at her daughter: "You haven't lost me." Joan smiles back and then squinches her face up in tears, whispering: "I'm sorry." Helen: "Oh me too but I'm glad you made your own decision with Adam." Yeah? Would you be all that glad she'd made her own decision if it went the other way? Some U2 song is playing. Don't ask me which one; not a fan. Joan says, "I missed you." They hug, and Helen smiles to herself. Joan: "Am I grounded?" Helen, over Joan's back: "Oh, yeah." Someone knocks at the door. Joan can see Adam on the porch through the kitchen window: "Oh he's here." She wipes her eye. Helen: "Go talk to him." Joan: "What should I say?" Helen: "You'll know." Joan nods a little and then gets up and walks to the door. The camera lingers on Helen for a bit, sitting at the table smiling and snitching some frosting from a cupcake.
Joan lets Adam in and they stand there talking, but we don't hear what they say over Bono's caterwauling. "Sometimes you can't make it on your own "
Anyway, I'm taking the next episode off because it occurs around my birthday, so Couch Baron will be your guest recapper. Enjoy!