Minuses for subbing this week: None of my top three favorite avatars (Cute Guy God, Mrs. LandingGod, Little Girl God). A Duff. Adam's hair. Pluses: No Drue and his far assier hair. And far more importantly, no more Lucyfer. I'll take it. Happy birthday, Deborah!
One other thing. I'd like to refer you to one of my favorite scenes of the season, the end of "Out Of Sight," which dealt with Joan not heeding God's advice, resulting in Judith almost dying of alcohol poisoning:
Joan: You could have been more specific. You could have made me!
Mrs. LandingGod: I can only point things out. Give you choices.
The writers may not remember that anymore, but I do.
We open on a sign that says "Parent Teacher Night." Joan says, "Parent Teacher Night?" I feel like making a banner that reads, "Is there an echo in here?" Grace, whatever-God-they're-using-at-the-moment love her, bitches that it should be called "Tyrant Oligarch Nacht." No, that doesn't make much sense, but I don't care. Stevie perks that it will be fun, because "all of us" will be together. Adam, Joan, Grace, and Luke all look annoyed, but whether their annoyance is with the night or the character is unclear. May I volunteer to break the tie? Seriously, I know these kids are misfits, but Stevie shoehorning her way into their group just bugs me. Stevie walks and talks with an iPod as she asks if she and Adam have to work at the design studio on Parent Teacher Night. Adam: "No, but we can ask." Heh. Adam's growing his hair out, by the way, and it's a problem. I have real empathy for him because I have almost the exact same hair as he does, and it's really hard to do anything with it long because it sort of doesn't go anywhere, not that that's stopping me from presently trying to grow it for, like, the fifty-seventh time in my life, and by the way, it's going about as well as the other fifty-six. But my experience in the matter puts me in a position to suggest that he incorporate two words into his vocabulary. The first is "conditioner," and the second is "hats." Luke says he's going to do a student science presentation, and upon learning that there's no extra credit involved, Grace asks, "So it's for the love of sucking up? You're going to have to get your lips surgically removed from Lischak's a " While that would be painful for him, the noises she'd make during that procedure are positively frightening to contemplate. Luke says he gets it, as the two of them break off from the group. The other three run into Helen and a woman Stevie calls "Mom!" At the happiness the two display, Joan makes a snarky comment to Adam about how they just saw each other. Stevie exposits that her mom, "Erica Marx," is vice-president of the PTA, and Helen says she's helping Erica with the refreshments. Erica is played by the same actress who played Joyce's friend Pat in the Buffy episode "Dead Man's Party." Since I gave that episode the single worst grade I've given any episode of any show I've ever recapped other than The Mountain, you'll understand if I have some bad associations here.