In the car, Danny is making pointed comments about stopping for gas, but when Don doesn't bite, he comes clean and says he's not going to Bedford. Don doesn't look entirely surprised, but replies, "Well, I am. So I guess you kinda have to." I wouldn't have expected him to be so flip with young folk anymore -- they'll knock you on the head first chance they get. Danny asks why he cares, as he's "just gonna go back and screw her," but Don is unappreciative of such language at the moment, and sharply tells him the job he's going to is important. Danny, in turn, does not want to hear a stranger's opinion on his life, and tells Don that Julius Caesar had epilepsy, and he ran Rome, and he, Danny, is twenty-five years old and doesn't want to be cleaning toilets until he dies, the unstated part being that he's relegated to such positions because people can't deal with his condition. He tells Don to pull over, and after a long look at him, the implication that trouble might be where Danny's headed uncomfortably hanging in the air, Don reluctantly obliges. Once they've stopped, Danny starts to get out of the car, but Don asks him to wait, and urgently says he knows things seem bad now, but he can still change his life. Danny, however, explains that he can't have any vocation that someone like Don could have. "Everyone knows, sooner or later, that there's something's wrong with me. They're kind, and they try, but then when I come to with piss in my pants, they stare at me like I'm from another planet." This kid should go into business with Freddy Rumsen. Danny goes on that it's not a question of will or attitude -- he's got an affliction, and he can't change that. Don comes around and offers Danny money, which the kid refreshingly has no problem taking, but Don, palpably struggling with emotions that can only be related to the callous goodbye that led to his brother's suicide, says to no one in particular that he swore to himself that he would do this right if given another chance, and gives Danny his card, saying he should call him if he's ever in trouble. "And I want you to remember, if something happens to you, your sister will never forgive herself." Having done all he can to dissuade Danny from knocking over a gas station or whatever the kid might have in mind, Don assures Danny that he won't tell his sister what really happened here, and Danny takes his leave. After Don drives away, he looks a tiny bit shattered inside...
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B+ | 2034 USERS: B-
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