At fireside, Joan's being reprimanded by her parents. She says she thought she would be back by six, but the owner was late returning, and she's sorry she scared them. Her mother is a little surprised she would just go and get a job without telling anyone. Joan says they're always telling Kevin to do that. Helen: "That's Kevin. You're in school." Joan objects: "Some parents would think that was industrious." Helen: "Some parents haven't seen your report card." Joan then tells them there was a man following her. Helen's reaction: "What? You were saving that for later?" Joan didn't want to upset them. Her mother informs her it's too late. Though, really, if this is how calm my parents were when they were upset, adolescence would have been a lot more tolerable. And given Will's job and what's going on crime-wise locally, I think I'd be a lot more upset if I were her father and my daughter were seeing perverts in the yard and being followed by men. Will suggests that Helen let him handle it. She leaves, remarking, "Great. Fine. I kinda miss the fifties." He turns back to her, and Joan says, "I swear there was a man, Daddy." He asks, "The same man?" Joan says tearfully, "No...a different one." Will asks gently if she's doing this to get attention. He tells her there really is someone out there, and if she's being stalked, he needs to know. She assures him there is, saying the one earlier turned out to be someone else, but the one tonight "seemed real." She kind of laughs and cries at the same time. Then she just cries, and says, "I don't want this to be happening to me, Daddy." He asks what it is that's happening: "You can tell me, whatever it is. We'll deal with it. I'll get you, I'll get you a doctor, a counsellor, a priest..." Not Reverend Useless from the parking lot, I hope. "I'll make it okay. That's my job." She keeps crying, and he takes her face in his hands. "Look at me. I'm not going to lose you...for any reason. Do you understand?" He kisses her forehead and hugs her. She snurfles into his shoulder. Yep. Daddy's girl. Nice scene, really. Amber Tamblyn cries convincingly, and while I think Will would be more "let's get a composite artist over here, stat!" I thought Joe Mantegna was good here.
Daghlian's leaving work, and a uniformed cop asks him if the Chief is keeping banker's hours tonight. Daghlian informs him that he had family business. The uniformed guy remarks casually, "He's a funny one, isn't he?" Daghlian replies, "He's the boss, Sergeant." As Daghlian's about to leave, someone else is bringing in a perp (God, how I love the opportunity to use words like that. Little call for it on Trading Spaces -- notwithstanding Hildi and Kia -- and The West Wing) and the perp, who is Umbrella Guy/Stalker Creep. The uniformed cop says to Daghlian, "Good night, sir." Which seems weirdly obsequious. Daghlian's Spidey-sense tingles as he watches the officer cuff the perp to a chair. Daghlian calls Officer Eichler over and asks why the guy's been brought in. Eichler explains the guy was speeding, ran a red light, and mouthed off to him, so he brought him in just to hassle him a bit. Daghlian asks if he's run a check on him. Apparently the guy doesn't even have a parking ticket. Eichler asks if Daghlian wants him to let the guy go. Daghlian suggests putting him up for the night, and tells the officer to call it "resisting arrest." He wants to talk to him in the morning. Eichler takes off, and the sergeant comes over to question Daghlian's decision: "You wanna talk to the guy for running a red light?" Daghlian: "Uh, yeah, yeah, and I'm gonna want the Chief to be there, too." The sergeant wanders off, probably to tell someone that Daghlian's a "funny one." Then Daghlian notices the muddy boot prints across the floor, leading to where the perp is sitting. The perp glowers at him a bit and Daghlian finally leaves.