Sam's scanning the woods, trying to get a bead on either Vic or Annie, when he feels a tug on his jacket. "Excuse me, sir," the tugger says to Sam. "Have you seen my dad?" Oh, God -- LI'L SAM IS INTERACTING WITH BIG SAM! DANGER! DANGER! The entire fabric of the universe will be torn asunder in short order. All that has never been soon shall be -- the Phillies winning the World Series, the Democrats controlling the government, Simon Baker finally starring in a hit TV show. Madness. MADNESS! Or Sam could just freeze, keep staring straight ahead, and calmly tell Li'l Sam to go back to his mother. "I'm going to go find your father," he says. Well. That meeting of the Two Sams cause a whole lot less shattering of the time-space continuum than I had thought.
As Li'l Sam returns to the party to blow out the candles, Sam continues to run through the woods amid flashbacks of a red dress-wearing woman in peril at the hands of his father. And when Sam arrives at a clearing in the woods, that flashback has become a flash current event. There's Vic, and there's the red dress, and there's Annie inside the red dress.
Which was unexpected.
Yeah, so it's Annie who's getting choked by Vic, though she gets in a shot of her own, right square in the Tylers. Sam intervenes, gun drawn. Annie manages to rasp out that she's fine in between coughs; "I don't know that I can say the same for him," she adds, pointing to the prostrate Tyler pater familias. Sam sends Annie back to the party, where she's to radio for backup. Someone would like some alone time to confront his daddy issues.