She apologizes for putting him on the spot, and decides to go. Then she hesitates and returns to stuff some more money in the kettle. As she does, she asks with frustration, "He's a father, right? He's supposed to be a father. What father wouldn't fix his kids' problems if he possibly could, and He's Master of the Universe, so He's pretty capable. Is He...out of ideas? Is He bored? What?" The Rev says he can tell that she's in a spiritual crisis. Helen laughs mirthlessly. He suggests she could make an appointment for counselling at his parish, but before he can really finish saying as much, she says, firmly, with an angry smile, "No, no. No. I..." She collects herself, apologizes for being so emotional, and stuffs more money in the kettle. She walks away, shaking her head: "Good luck with those homeless." The Rev, not nearly sharp enough to know when to leave well enough alone, calls out, "Look, I'll pray for you." Helen whirls around again and asks, "Really? What will you say?" He replies, "'Help that emotional woman from the parking lot.'" That finally wrings a small but genuine smile from her, and she nods and says, "Sure," before she finally walks off. Mary Steenburgen really nailed that scene, though I'm not too impressed with Reverend Useless. She really conveyed the complexity of Helen's state of mind.
Lunchtime at Arcadia High. Joan and her friends are getting food at the cafeteria. Her friends go off to a table as Joan asks a middle-aged lunch lady if she can have extra tartar sauce. The woman replies in a good-natured way, "Sure you can, baby. This is a five-star restaurant." As she serves up some other food, she asks, "How come you didn't get the job?" Now she's got Joan's attention: "Excuse me?" Lunch Lady: "I think I made myself clear." As Joan figures out who it is, Lunch Lady God says, "I told you that crush thing wouldn't be a problem." Joan looks around to see if her friends are looking, and asks if they could talk about this somewhere else. Lunch Lady God says, "Well, just do what I tell you and we won't have to discuss it." She tells Joan to move along because she's holding up the line. Joan walks over to her friends, freaked out.