Talkin' 'bout My Generation
Steven is sitting on a bench on the side of the road when Falcon calls to tell him that Caroline is pissed. Rightfully so, if you ask me. Steven says that he thinks he needs to see his father first to get his head on straight, but just then Caroline drives by. She storms out of the car and confronts him. Awesome! She wants to know why he didn't call, if he is just sitting around in Texas. He says that he'd like to do something soo, but he has a "thing" to do now. He then looks in the backseat, sees his kid and says that maybe tomorrow they can go to the movie or pretend to be ninjas. Caroline stops him. He wonders if the ninja thing was racist. Caroline does a great pissed off/disgusted laugh and just drives away, barely giving him time to move his head out of the car.
At Brenda's office, the co-worker wonders why she left the date. She says that watching the guy eat is gross, and there's a comment about a hot dog that I imagine is some sort of reference to the fact that the guy talks about his penis size a lot? I don't know. And thankfully I don't have to dwell on it because Brenda gets a call from her father, quickly speaks in Spanish and then tells the co-worker that her mother had a stroke and she has to go to Austin.
We see a heartbroken Kenneth sitting in a cemetery staring at his father's gravestone. Then he takes his bike and heads to a bar, where he is wallowing in a drink when Steven walks in. He seethes with rage and then punches Steven. All Kenneth says is "it's all your fault" before he stumbles out.
In 2000, Steven interviews that life is what you make it and that his father taught him that you have to set goals and work hard. The Voice tells us that he went to Yale and was editor of the paper, but in 2001 Steven had to drop out because his father was a bigwig at Enron and their assets were frozen. In 2004, Steven's father was sentenced to six years in prison and that two days after that Kenneth's father shot himself. (This is weird because Kenneth was 19 when he died, but it was four years after high school, so was Kenneth really young when he graduated? The tombstone also had 2004 as the date of death, so it seems like something is wonky here. I'm sure it is an oversight, or will be cleared up at a later date, since everything else in this timeline is so carefully plotted). The Enron collapse had wiped out all their money, which caused the dad to commit suicide and Kenneth hasn't talked to Steven since. Understandably so.