Hospital. Jack V.O.: "Life is funny. One minute I was running to the cheers of the crowd and the next I'm being wheeled down the hall in a gurney by my parents and their boyfriends." He's lying in a hospital be with his foot wrapped and elevated, while said parents and boyfriends cluster around him. A nurse comes in and throws out the boyfriends. A doctor enters and announces that Jack has a sprain, and prescribes an aircast and a day of bedrest.
Jack's bedroom. Jack is lying in bed while Stockard gives him some medicine. She wonders if the accident was caused by having all of the parents and boyfriends at the game. Perhaps they distracted Jack? He reassures her that it is not their fault. Michael knocks on the door and tells Jack that he has messages from the coach, Maggie, and Mrs. Berka. Mrs. Berka has volunteered to come stay with Jack the next day while everyone else is at work. Stockard: "Oh, that's so nice. She adores you. She thinks you're very special." Yeah, we'll see just how special Mrs. Berka thinks he is. Jack asks Stockard, "What's it mean when your father picks a boring boyfriend?" That he's Ron Silver, and that's really the best he can do? I think it's pretty miraculous that he has any boyfriend. Jack takes the last of his pills and prepares to sleep.
Close-up of a hand stroking Jack's arm. As we pull back, we see that Mrs. Berka is leaning over a sleeping Jack, staring at him intently, while stroking his arm up and down. I'm getting a funny feeling in my stomach. Someone should be prepared to call for an Amber alert. Jack slowly wakes up. Jack V.O.: "If she hadn't been Mrs. Berka, Max's mother, I would have asked her to do that to my whole body, for hours on end. I wondered if she knew how she was making me feel?" I think the perv has some idea. Jack: "That feels good." I'm sorry, but this whole scene is veering perilously close to a Penthouse Forum letter. Dear Mrs. Berka: Just because the kid wants you to touch him does not mean it is not abuse. She licks her lips and she tells him she has to run. She told Mr. Berka that she was going to be home and "you know how he gets if everything isn't perfect." If you don't know, you'll find out later in the third act. The two of them just stare into each other's eyes. You could cut the sexual tension with a preadolescent knife. She leaves.
Jack is lying in bed with his eyes closed and his hands behind his head. I really don't want to think about what happened in the interval between these scenes. Max comes into his bedroom, and tells him that he brought him a surprise. The surprise is Maggie, who peeks her head into the room. Oy gevalt, the love theme is back. Maggie tells Jack that she's looking forward to Friday, if he's still up for it. Max asks what's going on Friday. She tells him "we have a date." Max: "Cool. Can I come?" Jack: "No, Max, 'cause then it wouldn't be a date." Maggie has to leave, so she leans in and gives Jack a kiss. Max looks on like a dying guppy. Max: "Did you see that? She just kissed you....I'm watching you go through puberty." I hope the next Showtime movie I recap is all about Max. (Oh, who am I kidding -- I really hope I never recap another Showtime movie.)