As Kevin drinks right from the orange juice container, Joan asks her father if it's ever okay to do something wrong for a good reason. Kevin asks if they're talking about Allan Burns. Joan doesn't know who that is. Luke tells her, "The guy who shot the robber." Joan asks, "Is that illegal?" Will: "Technically." Helen: "I can't believe you're not allowed to shoot an armed robber breaking into your home." Everyone's quiet for a moment and then Will says, "Well, honey, you're from the South." Ha! Also: good, because I think I hear a soft Southern accent in Helen's voice and I like the continuity. Kevin says to his father, "If someone were breaking into our house, you'd kill him." Well, and it doesn't hurt if you're the chief of police. Luke says that their father wouldn't kill him, he'd shoot them in the legs.
As Kevin takes off his coat, he argues, "Uh, he didn't shoot the bank robber in the legs." Helen admonishes him, "Kevin!" Joan: "My father shot a bank robber?" Kevin: "Twice." Come on, you've been a cop's kid your whole life and you've never wondered or asked if your father shot anyone? Turns out this happened when Kevin was six, so Joan would have been about three and Luke about two. Luke asks if the victim died. Will: "My 'victim'?" Joan: "Dad, you killed someone?" Will starts to explain and becomes very flustered, asking, "Can we just drop this?" They all go into the dining room as Joan asks, "Okay, so sometimes it's okay to do something that looks wrong if you have a good reason?" Luke says, "Dad blew away a bank robber. That's the coolest thing I've ever heard." Here it comes, as The Music of You Have No Idea, You Dumb Kid plays. Will says firmly, "No, it's not. It's not cool to take another person's life in any situation. It might be unavoidable, but it's not cool. I'm not proud of it. I see that man's face every day. It's not something I boast about, and it's not something I want my children boasting about." Luke hangs his head, and everyone looks serious. Helen suggests they start dinner and find something nice to talk about. Everyone's too subdued to speak. The family meal scenes on this show are excellent and very convincing. I also admire how often the Girardis actually manage to have meals together.