The next morning, Max wakes up Jack and tells him to pack up. Mr. Berka beat up Mrs. Berka, and now they are going home. Jack is still a bit disoriented, as he says, "My dad once threw a box of donuts at my mom and they went flying everywhere." Max has as much patience for this as I do, as he tells Jack to "pack, you idiot." Max's little brother just keeps saying "where's my dad?" Mrs. Berka comes in, and she does look quite beat up -- black eye, swollen lip. She asks the boys if they have everything, and Max stomps off to the car. In response to the littlest Berka, she says that Mr. Berka has gone for a walk with their uncle. Jack seems to be on the verge of tears.
Berka station wagon, on the way home. Mrs. Berka pulls into some kind of country store. She gives money to each of the kids and tells them to get themselves something, but Jack doesn't leave the car. He V.O.s that he didn't want her to be alone. "I guess I just wanted to protect her." But she tells him to go inside and see if anything catches his eye. Jack mutters, "I don't know what to say." She makes eyes at him in the rearview mirror and says, "You don't have to say anything." He goes into the store. As soon as she's alone, Mrs. Berka breaks down.
Jack comes out of the store wearing...what the fuck? He's wearing a feathered headdress and carrying a spear with feathers on the end of it. Okay, I was just about twelve during the time this movie was set, and I can tell you that even back in 1982 there was no fifteen-year-old anywhere in the continental United States or Canada who would choose to wear that outfit just for the heck of it. ["Maybe he's decided to try to get closer to his dad by joining the Village People?" -- Wing Chun] Jack stops at a payphone and places a collect call to Stockard, who is not home. Without hesitating a bit, he places a collect call to Ron. After getting Ron on the phone, Jack explains what happened. Ron tells Jack that he will meet him at the Berkas'. Jack: "Dad? Promise you'll pick me up?" Ron promises. The kids all get into the car. Jack tells Mrs. Berka that he got her a present, and hands her something -- but I have no idea what it was. During the entire ride home, Jack sits in the back seat with his headdress on.
When the car pulls up in front of the Berkas', both Stockard and Ron are there waiting. Stockard's first instinct is to ask if Mrs. Berka called the police. Ah, there's the Stockard I know and love. Mrs. Berka and Stockard head into the house while everyone else unpacks the car. Max is angry that Jack called his parents, and tells him that if he tells anyone else, he will have Jack killed. Jack responds by telling Max that if he doesn't start acting nicer to his own mom, Jack will kill Max.