Morning in Stockard's kitchen. That's a show I'd gladly watch on the Food Network. Stockard's sitting at the kitchen table, drinking some coffee. There's a tall man with salt-and-pepper hair standing over the table, offering Jack "a shot of the green." Green what? Tea? Pesto? Ah, I see, it's wheatgrass juice. So I see this movie is taking place somewhere on the West Coast. Lest you think Stockard and Jack have their own personal waiter, Wheatgrass Man asks Stockard, "So, I was thinking, why don't you stay at my place tonight?" I see -- just a couple of months after divorcing Ron Silver, Stockard has a new boytoy. Well, she's fabulous, so I guess it's natural. And it was just Ron Silver, so I guess it wouldn't be too hard to get over him. She responds to the invitation with a noncommittal "whatever makes you happy." He tells her he's happy to stay at either place; he's just trying to figure out what's going on. After he leaves the room, Jack asks Stockard, "Why don't you just let him move in? He practically lives here already." But Stockard, taking a drag on her cigarette, doesn't want to rush things. As Wheatgrass Man (whose name is Michael) comes back in, Stockard reminds Jack that it's Wednesday, which means dinner with Dad. Oooh, Michael's carrying a tool belt and a toolbox. Sexy.
Jack and Michael are walking out of the house. Jack explains to Michael that when his parents first split up, Jack wasn't allowed to see Ron at all. But then Stockard started to feel guilty, so she instituted "Dinner with Dad" Wednesdays. Apparently, there was a middle stage where she tried to become Jack's replacement father. Michael: "Oh, was that the basketball stuff?" Jack: "She's actually gotten pretty good. It's just kind of weird. Especially the time she tried to take me to the father/son team dinner." Why oh why couldn't they have shown us that? During this conversation, Michael and Jack are getting into Michael's truck. You know, considering that his parents have only been divorced a few months, Jack is awfully friendly with his mom's new fling. Shouldn't he be sullenly resenting him and yelling out things like "you're not my father!"? Instead, Jack asks Michael about Michael's parents. It turns out they've been married for forty-three years.
The corridor of a school. Oh, wait, it's 1982. Wouldn't it be great if this were the Freaks and Geeks high school? Let's all just close our eyes and think about that for a moment. Okay, I'm back. In this high school, we see a group of kids standing around a locker talking about how someone saw a guidance counselor shoplifting a stapler. So I'm going to guess that this is California, and due to Proposition 13, the schools are underfunded and the teachers have to provide their own supplies. Jack opens his locker, and then turns around and sees a gorgeous pouty blonde girl walk past him, as the love theme from Help, I'm Slipping into a Diabetic Coma suddenly bursts forth on the soundtrack. Jack can't stop staring at her. I forgot to mention that she's walking in slow motion, and that she's being trailed by a bevy of beauties. Clearly the alpha girl of the school.