Over at the Yosts' surf shop, we see Cissy as a woman under constant siege by reporters, if by "constant siege" you mean "one clumsy ruse to buy a wetsuit" and "reporters" is "one guy." And then we get the episode's token Cissy freakout. While this is going on, Shaun decides that he's not in the mood to take his friends' ribbing either.
Vietnam Joe has found John. He comes over and notices John -- feet propped together, arms stretched out, hands bloody, a wound piercing his side -- and asks, "Jesus, what happened?" John looks at him, in great and silent pain. Vietnam Joe promises that he'll be back with his truck, to get help: "I promise I'll be back for you." John chokes back a sob. (I am sort of there with him; Vietnam Joe's horrified, reflexively compassionate response made me unexpectedly verklempt.)
Bill has a knock on the door. He hollers through it, "I'm in my underwear and I don't want any magazines." Butchie hollers hello, and Bill dramatically whispers, "That's Butch!" right before he flings open the door...and notices Kai standing there too. Bill blusters, "Well, my testicles are on display to the neighborhood. Get in here!"
Kai and Butchie hustle in, and Butchie fills Bill in on John's disappearance. Bill asks where Shaun is, explaining, "In relation to that guy going missing, when was the last time you saw your son?" Butchie uncomprehendingly says, "Last night." In the background, Kai is finally calling in to work. She needn't have bothered; Cissy doesn't appear to have missed her. Bill notes Kai's conscientousness and asks, "She's got a couple of brains -- what's she doing with you?" Butchie gives him a look, all, "Don't even start." Bill confirms that John didn't abduct Shaun. He then asks, "Now this John who is missing -- and not a pervert -- what else do you know about him?" That he's a slightly better-dressed version of Zippy the parrot? Butchie and Kai walk over by the stairs -- where Butchie points upstairs and mimes the universal symbol for "dead," explaining what happened to Lois -- while fielding Bill's inquiries. Bill comes out, clothed, and says, "That would raise the question of mental health." Both Kai and Butchie guiltily back away from the bubble-wrapped stairs. Anyway, a few sentences later, Bill has volunteered himself to join in the search for John.