The mood gets lighter with some home video from April 2000. It's Anders asking Brenda why she loves him. She talks about his secret dancing. He does one of those cheesy things where he holds up big cards with words on them that he flips. It's a message for Brenda on her birthday. He says that he loves her because when they are together he feels alive, and his cards say that he got her flowers because she already has his heart.
Present day Brenda is on her blind date, and the lucky fella wants to know about the film crew. Then he just dumps out a ton of information about himself. He's a lawyer who loves musicals and Catherine Zeta-Jones, drives a Prius, doesn't like books and loves to go to the gym. He then whispers that he has a small penis, but he knows how to use it. Wow. What a charmer. Then he wants to know the "411" on her. She wisely gets up and walks away. Smart girl.
There is a bridal shower happening and Jackie and Dawn try and have a conversation, but it is just uncomfortable. Then Caroline walks in and Dawn looks utterly relived. In the kitchen, Caroline sees Falcon. They exchange pleasantries and then she asks about Steven, and tries to get information out of him, but Falcon doesn't want to get involved with their thing. Caroline sets Falcon straight about this "thing" that is a child. She says she has a 9-year-old son who thinks he's meeting his father, and then she awesomely threatens to cut off Falcon's balls unless he gets Steven Foster to get on a plane and get back to Texas this week. Not a shy wallflower anymore! Dawn makes a toast to everyone, thanking them for coming and then starts tearing up about Rolly not being there. Lots of hugging ensues.
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.
At the bar, Steven is drinking, but there's a bigger crowd than when he nearly got socked by Kenneth, and Jackie shows up to hit on him, and she eloquently tells the cameras to fuck off. Then Kenneth is at his house, and Dawn wonders why he missed the entire shower. She realizes that he's drunk, and she seems kind of impressed actually. He pulls out a gift from behind the couch, though she says that he didn't need to because he lets her live there and all. It's a Baby Bjorn to help carry the baby around, and then she makes him put it on. He just breaks down. And then takes it off and starts bawling. She says that Uncle Kenneth should get used to wearing it, and he seems honored that she wants him to be part of the family. He almost smiles.
At the bar Jackie and Steven are getting drunk and she thinks that he's got the right idea about life, with no ties or anything. He says he has to make a phone call... and goes outside and leaves a message on Caroline's phone. He feels bad about their encounter before, and says that he had a bad time with his dad, but that he wants to make it work somehow. I don't see that happening.
We see Caroline in bed reading to her son. Kenneth and Dawn sitting on the couch watching TV. Rolly looking at a picture of his wife. Brenda getting on a plane. Anders watching footage of Brenda. Jackie dancing all slutily with Steven. Falcon DJing and making faces. The Voice tells us that a lot can change in 10 years, and there have been unexpected turns, but the past decade was just the beginning. Then we see old prom night footage of them all jumping in a pool. And we're done. For now.