Kevin's in a CD shop at a mall looking at CDs when one of the employees, who looks like a Soundgarden roadie in a Cinderella T-shirt and a toque, comes over with an armful of CDs, which he manages to drop near Kevin. Being the helpful sort he is, Kevin reaches down to try to help the guy collect his CDs, but Toque says, "It's cool, bro." He asks if he can help Kevin, who says, "Uh, there's this band called Red House Painters..." Roadie replies, "Yeah, we don't carry anything really good...just million sellers, so..." Ha! That's generally been my experience with these big chain music stores, too. He watches as Kevin wheels out, where he sets off the theft alarm. Kevin turns and holds up his hands, saying, "I don't have anything!" Toque calls out, "No sweat...have a good day."
At the art show meeting, Helen announces that she wants to intersperse the plastic arts with the concrete arts, and wants a large sculpture moved. Helen asks Joan and some other bored-looking kid for some help, but Joan's looking across the room and saying, "Mom, I think Grace Polk is juggling the ceramics." Why would she mention Grace's last name? Both of them know her well enough not to. ["See also: Angela Chase calling Jordan Catalano 'Jordan Catalano' instead of just 'Jordan.' The Dawson's Creek kids did it too." -- Sarah Bunting] Anyway, Grace is indeed juggling some small spherical ceramics. Helen heads for Grace, saying, "No. No. Art is not for juggling." Joan stands up and asks, "How do we move this without skewering our eyeballs?" The sculpture, which is made of found items like scrap metal, fencing, and light bulbs, has a lot of pointy and protruding bits. The other kid, who has a nearly shaved head and something of the intimidating air of a young, milk-fed neo-Nazi about him, asks if she noticed who made it. Joan looks for a signature and finds the initials A.R. carved into the base: "Adam Rove? Adam made this?" The kid sighs and says, "Yeah...by now you oughta recognize his style, Joan...and mine." Joan replies, "Well, maybe if you picked one style, I might." The kid -- is it God, or could it be...Satan? I don't know whether to make up a God moniker for him or not. Anyway, he says, "All styles is my style, all right? And I'd rather, uh, I'd rather Adam's sculpture not be part of the show." Joan: "Why?" She quickly apologizes: "Reflex action, like barfing." She tries again: "I'm not sure you understand." The kid looks at her. Joan: "Of course you understand, you understand everything, but it's difficult for me...you already know it's difficult for me. Okay, listen...I don't hate Adam. You're asking me to --" Kid: "To prevent this from going on display." That's it, and he informs her she's going to have to find someone else to help her move it. He takes off as Joan says, "Shirker!" He just does the Godwave (tm 39mickemuskrat). Frink and I get a good laugh out of her calling him that, because in Arabic, shirk is the word to describe the greatest sin of all, which is "associating partners with God" or believing that the source of power is from others than God. Anyway, I'd like to know what made Adam overcome his feeling that he needs to protect his artistic gift from the likes of Price. We never get an explanation for that, and since he feels so strongly about it as to prefer to let Price think he's a stoner, I think we need one. He also warned Joan about telling her secrets to Price, so I don't think it's a minor thing. This bothered me enough that I graded this episode half a grade lower than I would have if this had been addressed.