When Joan gets home, she sees her parents drinking coffee at the dining room table. There's a plate for her, covered with tin foil, but all the rest of the dishes have been cleared away. Joan looks at them and says, "I have stuff to do." Helen calmly invites her to have a seat. Joan sighs, knowing what's coming. She sits. Will says that they want her to have a social life. Helen says they love to see her making friends and going out on dates. Will says they want her to see people who are good for her. Joan asks them to stop speaking in code: "Will you just say that Ramsay freaks you out?" Helen: "Ramsay freaks us out." Joan thinks they're going to prevent her from going to the dance. Helen says they definitely want her to go. Joan: "Just not with him." Will says it's a matter of her safety. Joan says her father hasn't even met him. Will: "No, but I know he has a juvenile record." Helen: "And I spoke to Chadwick..." Joan interjects, "Oh my God, I'd rather you guys just say no than go around spying on people!" Helen says she understands the appeal of somebody who breaks all the rules. Clearly she got over that. Will could be the "Straight Edge" poster boy. Joan: "Mom, this is not me being hot for some guy on a motorcycle." Will asks her to please explain what it is, then. Joan: "I don't know! Maybe he's like...trapped...in all these stories that people tell about him. Maybe what he needs is for someone to give him a chance...and like...have some faith." Will and Helen clearly don't know what to make of that. Man, I don't envy people with children most of the time, and I never envy people with teenagers, ever. Look how hard it is to be a good parent. Will and Helen are loving, patient, reasonable people who try to listen to their children at least some of the time, and look at what a struggle it is. They look at each other for a moment, and Helen makes a snap decision, "Okay, but there is no getting in cars with him. At all." Will: "You can meet him there, but stay in sight of your mother at all times." Joan says fine and asks to be dismissed. Helen: "Sure."
Joan's asleep when her cell phone goes off. She picks it up and says, "This better be wicked important, Grace." Grace? Grace calls Joan in the middle of the night? I mean, quite a few people probably have that number, but she just assumes it must be Grace? Quite interesting to think that they have a sufficiently close relationship to support that assumption. A male voice says, "It's not Grace." Joan wakes up more and says, "Ramsay? How'd you get my number?" Ramsay replies, "It wasn't as hard as your address. You got a nice porch." Great. Stalker behaviour, always a good sign, especially in addition to anger management issues. What will it take to get her to read Gavin de Becker's The Gift of Fear?