It's nighttime, and Stockard is in the yard, smoking and gardening. Jack walks up to her. Stockard: "You want to talk, you have to dig." We can see the mostly-completed zendo in the background. Jack: "What's to talk about?" But he sits down and starts digging. Jack calls Ron a fairy, and Stockard tells him not to use that word. So then Jack calls him a fag. He's definitely got that "What? I'm just doing what you said" thing down. Jack: "How can he be a homo and have me for a kid?" Jack, I don't want to burst your bubble, because I know you haven't really hit puberty, but you're not exactly the butchest kid. Jack: "Homos don't get married [except in Massachusetts and Canada. Woohoo!], and homos don't have kids." Stockard: "Your father was always going through phases. Gardening, music, car repair -- I just thought this was one of his phases." She's just kind of holding back the tears at this point, all while hacking at the ground with some gardening tool. Jack starts wondering, if Ron's "a homo, what does that make [Jack]? Maybe [Jack's] a homo and [he doesn't] even know it." I'll tell you what, kid -- since it's 1982, you go down to the movie theater and watch Making Love. If the sight of Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean kissing makes your heart go pitter-pat, then you might just be a homo. (Hey, it worked for me.) Stockard reminds Jack that he's his own person. Jack starts having even more of a pity party, talking about how when Ron first left, Jack was certain that it was Jack's fault. Stockard is always ready to throw some cold water on the self-pity, though: "You think I didn't wonder what happened? He's your father, but he was my husband. Maybe it was me, Jack. Maybe it was something I did. I wasn't a good enough wife, I wasn't a good enough mother. I never make breakfast, I smoke, I hate cleaning the house." But Jack loves Stockard too much to hear that, quickly telling her that it's all Ron's fault. Jack: "I hate him, I hate him, I hate him." The phone rings, and Stockard heads into the house.
Cut to a shot of Ron sitting in his parked car, in the dark. Jack gives us a V.O. that tells us that Ron was basically stalking him, but that Jack still refused to talk to him.
There's a fire drill at Jack's school, and the kids start streaming out the front doors as the bell rings. Jack is walking with Max, and he asks him, "You ever wanted to walk up to a girl and just plant one on her?" I can't quite tell if he's talking about kissing girls, or punching them. Max: "What's the deal with you? Suddenly you're Mr. Hormonal, you have to kiss a girl or you're going to die or something." It's called puberty, Max. Someday soon, you'll learn all about it. (And I think Mr. Hormonal will be my superhero name.) Jack tells Max to pick a girl, and Jack will kiss her. Max points to the alpha girl from many scenes ago, as the love theme starts to play again. Jack: "Maggie Rogers? The degree of difficulty on her is just a bit too high." Max: "You can't just walk up to somebody and start kissing them. You'll get arrested. Remember that kindergartener who got expelled? You have to ask first." Aw, Max, how sweet that you're still carrying around some emotional scar from kindergarten. Jack walks up to a girl (not Maggie Rogers), speaks to her briefly, and then kisses her. For some reason, a teacher chooses this moment to approach Max, out of all the of kids loitering around outside the school, to ask him, "Is this where you're supposed to be?" And then she walks away. Max is flabbergasted at Jack's performance, and wonders if he gave her money. (Has Max been watching The Casino?) And then the fire drill is over, and everyone goes back to class.