Helen's sitting in the living room, reflecting and worrying. Joan and Will arrive home, and Helen says to Joan, "Okay. Start talking." Man. You see what I mean by patient and reasonable? If I'd pulled shit like that when I was sixteen -- twenty-two years ago -- you could open the front door of my parents' house now and still hear them yelling about it. Joan, petulantly: "Why? You're not going to listen to anything I have to say." Helen: "Oh, this is not you mouthing off, Joan. This is you explaining why defied everything your father and I specifically said!" Kevin wheels in behind his mother. First time he's been in the whole episode; I almost forgot about him. Luke shows up, too. Joan: "What about Price? It's 'cause of him this whole thing started!" Joan turns to her father, who says, "We said no cars under any circumstances -- there were no exceptions to that!" Helen: "It wasn't Price who pulled a gun on your father!" Will: "Do you have any idea how seriously you could have been hurt tonight?" Joan: "I'm sorry." She sighs and puts her hands to her head. She adds, "This whole -- this whole thing has gotten way out of hand." Helen: "So what do we do now? Is it back to therapy, or what?" Kevin and Luke are quick to put the kibosh on that, and Joan and Will look similarly enthused about that idea. Helen: "Okay, we will do this the old-fashioned way." Beatings? "You are grounded, young lady." Geez, that just doesn't seem like a very big punishment to me. Helen starts up the stairs and stops, turns, and shouts, "And as for everybody else, if we could just keep it down to one tragedy a month, that would be really great." She goes upstairs. Joan asks her father quietly, "You're not going to put him in jail, are you?" Will: "He threatened to shoot the chief of police. It doesn't look good." Joan, softly: "I'm really sorry, Daddy." Man, it sickens me the way daddy's girls pull out the "Daddy" shit every time they're in trouble. It's bad enough when they're teenagers, but it's really off-putting when they get to be adults. Will says to all three kids, "It's been a long night. Let's just all go to bed." He goes upstairs. Kevin says, "So, uh...I'm thinking no second date with you and this guy?" Joan giggles a bit and then goes back to fretting. Kevin: "Don't worry about Mom and Dad. They've just had enough kid trauma for a lifetime. You know?" He wheels away. Joan sighs and slides to the floor.
Joan of Arcadia
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Joan of Arcadia