She goes up to him at his locker and asks to speak to him. He tells her, "I didn't touch you." He punches his locker a few times in anger and frustration. Joan is clearly freaked out but plows ahead anyway, grabbing a Crystal Ball poster off the wall nearby. She asks if he's going to the semi-formal, and shows him the poster. He reads it, crumples it up, and tosses it at Joan. He starts to walk away, but she stops him and asks him to go to the dance with her. He's naturally skeptical that Joan wants to date him, but quickly agrees and takes off. Joan watches him go, wondering what the heck she's in for now. This should definitely win forgiveness points with Adam. Credits.
Helen comes into the kitchen where Luke is doing homework, asking, "Is it strange that you're always awake before I am?" Luke replies, "I like to ambush my brain before fear and reason kick in." She insists he's too young to worry about those things: "That doesn't start until you're thirty." I got news for you, lady. Will comes down the stairs that lead into the kitchen, saying to someone on the phone that as long as he doesn't have to make any speeches, he loves it. He hangs up and tells them he just won a Community Leader award from some citizens' group for being taken hostage. Helen puts her arms around Will and kisses him. Joan, descending the stairs, says, "Ew! Children present." It's interesting that of the three kids, she seems the least comfortable with intra-parental expressions of affection. The boys don't seem as bothered. Will says, "Right. Breakfast. Glitter balls, anyone?" He's referring to the sparkly blue Styrofoam balls covering the table. Helen explains they're decorations for the Crystal Ball. Luke gives her a hard time about the corniness of the name, for which Helen rejects any responsibility. She's reminded that she needs to call Marlene, who wants her to be a chaperone. Joan says she can't chaperone. Luke wonders why she cares, since she's not going. Joan: "I am now." Will: "Hey, that's great. Who you going with?" Joan doesn't answer. After a bit of evasion, Joan finally tells them it's Ramsay. Helen and Luke are incredulous. Will: "Who's Ramsay?" Helen: "Why on earth would you ask that boy to the dance?" Joan claims it's because he's the only person who would go with her. I very much doubt that. Helen: "Adam Rove would have been thrilled to go with you." Joan: "Hello? Do I have to brief you people every morning? Adam. Hates. Me. Okay? I have to go." As Will asks again, "Who's Ramsay?" Helen calls after Joan, "We're not done discussing this."