John pouts to Lipstick that he's been suspended indefinitely for the drawing fiasco. The mother chirpily asserts that no one has a sense of humor any more, then invites John to pretend he's going to school in the morning, then come there and play the guitar. If John spends so much time with his mother, then why exactly doesn't he live with her? There's no trace of this "other man's family." You'd think a squirrelly little tot would be running around demanding attention. Besides John, of course. To seal the deal, Lipstick and John play "Love Me Tender" together. "You have made my life complete, and I love you so," she sings. Sorry, John -- if your mother liked Elvis, she wouldn't be butchering his tune. Lipstick stops and stares lovingly at John. He smiles back. Um, please don't love each other that tender.
Mimi watches John coming home from "school," and she's pissed because she knows he was chucked out temporarily. He's sheepish. She's furious, and in the next scene, goes to visit the headmaster. "John shouldn't return to Quarry Bank," he says. Mimi argues that John is a good boy with some talent, but that he's run amok since her husband died and left "no man in the house to rein him in." Mimi mentions that Lipstick -- her name's Julia, Mimi claims, but we know better -- "has another family, and since he was three, I've raised John as my own." The headmaster promises to call in a favor and get John into the Liverpool College of Art. He's already passed along John's drawings. What drawings? Oh wait -- I'll bet his new collection, "Lennon: 'Blow the Phallic Nose' And Other Etchings," sealed the deal.
On July 6, 1957, Mimi's parish had a carnival. Six people cared. This, mind you, is the exact same carnival Lennon attended. NBC swears it's true. This is unprecedented -- have we covered that yet? John combed his hair into an Elvis style and wore tight jeans and a shirt that mimicked his concept of American couture. Mimi is disgusted. Or perhaps that is "joy" I'm seeing -- Blair Brown is loath to relax her facial muscles.
Opening his copy of The Idiot's Guide to Gimmicks for the Ratings-Starved, the director cuts to a scene of John and pal Quinn climbing the gate at Strawberry Field Orphanage. They guzzle beer. "Know what them gates remind me of?" John asks. "Graceland." John fantasizes about building a Graceland-style mansion on this land, christening it "Strawberry Fields." Will it be forever, John? Will it? He makes a lame joke about kicking the orphans out, because rich and famous people exist to screw the little people. I thought rich and famous people existed to screw each other, but whatever -- maybe that's just the Hollywood elite. A cop busts them, and they run. A stupid scene ensues in a cemetery, probably thrown in there for the sake of using -- say it with me -- the exact same cemetery where Lennon once make a lame joke.