Kevin returns to the CD store, where the Soundgarden roadie is saying to a customer, "Thank you for shopping in a store instead of stealing off the internet." I can't tell if he's sincere or not. In any event, your grey matter will soon be swimming in the irony. When he sees Kevin, he remembers him as "Red House Painter guy." Kevin explains the reason the alarm went off when he left earlier is that he accidentally took a Jason Mraz CD. The employee says it's okay, and tells him to keep it. Kevin's puzzled: "Keep it?" The guy comes out from behind the counter and says they write off a certain amount to shoplifting, so whatever. Kevin says, "But I didn't steal it...and it's Jason Mraz!" Heh. Still, I can't help wishing he'd said Clay Aiken instead of Jason Mraz. Roadie laughs, and says, "You're an honest guy...so for a reward, keep it." Geez, if that's a reward, I'd hate to see what the "punishment" CD is. ["That's where Clay Aiken comes in." -- Sars] Kevin asks, "Are you giving it to me because I'm honest, or because I'm in a wheelchair?" The roadie's pretty uncomfortable with this question and says, "Whatever." Kevin: "Whatever?" Roadie shrugs and looks like he's hoping Kevin will leave as soon as possible, but Kevin wheels over to the racks, grabs a CD, and asks, "What if I take this, too? You gonna call the cops?" The guy laughs: "Right. I'm gonna call the cops on a guy in a wheelchair." Kevin: "Why not? I'm stealing." The guy says quietly, "'Cause you got enough problems, okay?" Kevin jams the CDs in his jacket with a defiant look and wheels out. Of course, the alarm goes off, and Kevin stops, wheels around, and stares at the employee, who's looking at him sheepishly. Kevin grabs the CDs, tosses them back in on the floor, and wheels off.
Joan arrives at Grace's house, which is a large, nice-looking house covered in white siding. When she knocks, she seems slightly surprised to have a man (it's H!ITG! Paul Sand) answer the door. It's like it never occurred to her to wonder what Grace's parents are like. I've wondered, but I never pictured them like this. When she addresses him as "Mr. Polk," he corrects her, "It's Rabbi Polonsky, if you please." Rabbi? I almost plotzed when I heard that. Boy, he and Grace must be a real handful for each other. He assumes she's a friend of Grace's. Joan nods and introduces herself. He explains that Grace is his daughter, and that his grandparents changed their name to Polk but he changed it back to Polonsky. He continues, "And to defy her father, which is healthy in moderation, Grace kept Polk. Also, she's not home. Is there a message?" Joan says she dropped by to ask a favour, but she'll just leave a note on Grace's locker. Grace's father tries to say goodnight, but when he shakes her hand, she grips it and doesn't let go. She asks, "Can I ask you a religious question?" He says maybe a small one, because he's enjoying his dessert. Joan: "Would God ever ask a person to do something bad?" Rabbi Polonsky: "No. No, and for future reference, evil is a large question." Joan: "So if someone were asking me to do something wrong, they would probably be working for the Devil?" The rabbi starts explaining, "We don't really believe in 'the Devil.'" He makes little quotation marks with his fingers. Joan looks confused. He invites her to have a seat on the porch. He begins, "Now, if you mean yetzer hara, which is our inclination towards evil, that comes between us and God, then the answer is 'maybe.' Why? Is somebody asking you to do something wrong?" She's not sure. He says yetzer hara "thrives on moral confusion." Joan asks what she should do. The rabbi advises her, "Confuse the confuser. You act with righteousness and you act with kindness, then you follow yetzer hatov: that's your own good inclination." The rabbi sees his chance to make an escape, and after they say goodnight, Joan says, "Enjoy your dessert." She sits on the porch looking troubled. Boy, picture the fireworks if Grace came home right now.