After the commercials, Will arrives home, finding Joan sitting on the stairs. He's surprised, given how late it is. She walks along with him as he asks how Grace is. (Note: apparently there was a scene, which was cut for time, involving Grace and father gathering in the Girardis' kitchen and discussing the attacks on houses of worship. Joan twigs that Ryan could be responsible. Grace's father talks about how his father built that synagogue; he and Will decide to go back there. Helen and Joan go to make up a room for Grace, and Grace bursts into tears when she's finally alone with Luke. If so, I'm really bummed that that was cut, and I think there could have been a little less time spent on shots of the wind machine effects that follow Ryan around. There actually isn't a lot of other fat in this episode to cut. I don't know if this was shot or only scripted, but if it was shot, I join many posters in the hope that it makes it onto the Season Two DVD. Thanks to HeadCase for this info.) Anyway. Joan tells Will that Grace is snoring, but her mind is obviously on something else. Will sighs, saying it's good that she can sleep. Joan is wearing some kind of baggy, dingy-looking pyjamas that suggest some kind of camo wear. They look like they what Ted Nugent would sleep in.
Joan tries to tell her father that she thinks Ryan might have been the one who torched the temple. Will looks very disturbed. She says she had the weirdest feeling about him that night, and she's seen him since, and they talked: "And he has this thing with God." Will: "He told you this?" Joan: "He thinks he's smarter than God. He thinks it's some kind of game. You just have to trust me on this." Will: "Joan, a lot of people think they're smarter than God. A lot of people have big problems in this area. I'm one of them. I don't burn down religious institutions." Joan insists Ryan is different: "I know it, and don't ask me how I know, I just do, so please, for once in our lives, trust that I might know something that you don't." You can see Will would like to believe her, and believe that his daughter isn't crazy, but he's also the sort of person who needs something more than "weird feelings" and unexplained insistence to go on. Will tells her about Ryan being on the citizen's watchdog committee and how he works with the police. And yet, even with twenty years as a cop, Will can be incredibly naïve. Did Lucyfer teach him nothing? Will puts his hands on her upper arms and says, "I appreciate you wanting to help, but you need to leave this to me. Okay, sweetie?" He kisses her forehead. "You just take care of your friend." Joan says nothing to all this; she just looks troubled and dismayed that she's not believed. He tells her gently to go back to bed. Aw. So patronizingly sweet. She stands there, thinking about Ryan's game, and his strategy of insinuating himself into her life, gaining the trust of everyone she loves, one by one. How's she supposed to counter that?