The cops come and bust up the protesters, sitting on the steps like birds on a wire. The cops beat everyone savagely. Whack whack go the nightsticks! Kenny gets hauled off, and Sarah yells that "this is an illegal police action! They assaulted us!" Yeah, isn't life unfair? Did no one tell you that? Oh right, Sarah's an Upper East Side liberal. My bad.
Woo, we're at the Hog Farm. Carnie waves at the bus as Julia Stiles and her baby get off the magic bus and are welcomed. I hate hippies.
Mom rustles around in the kitchen and says she's "been holding her breath for the last three years." Jerry O'Connell is finally coming home. He was in the shit, you know. There's a bunch of high school friends assembled on the front lawn, and when the yellow taxi pulls up, everything goes into slow-motion. Jerry O'Connell gets out and looks, well, less than happy. He brushes past everyone, including his mom and dad. Michael can see something's wrong. So can Mom and Dad. Jerry just rushes in the house, loosens his uniform, glares at Michael, and disappears into his room. Dad shoulders his son's duffel bag and waves at the confused crowd. Oh well! He's back from the shit and in no mood to party! See y'all later!
RFK campaigns from the back of a train car. Aww. So cute! They still do that today, too! Dad comes out of Jerry's room and says, "Another nightmare." Mom asks, "Do you think he's going to be all right?" Woman, he was on the shit! Does that sound good to you?
Black Panthers pump their fists like they mean it. At the Black Panther Headquarters in Oakland, Charles Jr. argues with other people about whether the Panthers should go to the Democratic Convention or not. One says, "It's the big time. You can meet Fred Hampton." Plus, I think a lot of white people get the shit beat out of them, so that might be fun for the Panthers to check out.
RFK headquarters at Northwestern. Michael is -- surprise -- campaigning, and they watch RFK on TV making a speech and then getting shot. Wow, that's not often shown. Michael looks really sad. Duh. Buffalo Springfield starts up. "For What It's Worth." I do not dig that band. Why, ain't exactly clear. Oh my god, they actually showed RFK on the ground in a pool of blood! Oh, NBC. Shame on you!
Dad gloats, all decked out in his Humphrey campaign finery. He asks Michael who his candidate is this week, because if he doesn't watch out, he'll "end up with Nixon." Ooh, how spooky and prescient -- not. Michael says he just came to the house to take his brother down to the VA. Jerry O'Connell comes out of his room, shaggy and in his army jacket. Dad asks him to come down and support Humphrey, even though "it's kind of a zoo, but it's democracy in action! It's what you fought for!" Jerry takes a long draw on a beer, then says he "need[s] [his] appointment today." Don't fuck with Jerry, man. He was in the...oh, you know.
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Robert Kennedy speaks about how we didn't win the war in Vietnam, and didn't even take away even one city from "the enemy." Yeah, we really didn't win that one, at all. Lyndon Johnson says he "shall not seek and will not accept another nomination...for president." Wow, heavy. Dad slugs back whiskey.
Julia Stiles strips, to scattered applause. I guess getting a real job was out of the question for her as well. She puts on a robe and walks offstage, where a sleazy stage manager says a patron wants to speak to her "privately." Julia asks, "How private?" She goes over to a table, where some scumbag lays out money, then tries to paw her. She gets up, socks the guy, then screams, "I QUIT!" to her sleazy manager. Wow, that was a brief epiphany.
Julia walks the streets of San Francisco with her baby. Wow, the Mission sure is scummy. Nothing has changed since the '60s there, has it? ["Well, except for that Gap on the Haight." -- Sars
] She sniffles and promises baby Rainbow that she'll find them "a warm, safe place to stay," right after tonight. The Velvet Underground's "Heroin" starts up. VU -- gritty! Gritty, gritty, gritty. Someone steals her bag and runs off. Julia screams, "HEY!" and her baby totally upstages her by breaking out into sobs right on cue. Wow, give that baby actor an Emmy, and some therapy, stat! Julia cries and tries to soothe her baby, to no avail.
Julia calls home. Mom and Dad yell at once, but the phone needs another ten cents. As Mo Tucker's drums pound and Moonies run by in their orange robes and everyone screams to be heard, the phone goes dead. Mom yells, "That was KATIE!" at Dad. Julia screams at no one in particular, "Peace and love my ASS! I hate this damn city!" The TV behind her shows RFK announcing his candidacy for president.
Martin Luther King makes his speech about getting to the promised land, and we see footage of his assassination and funeral. We land at Columbia University, where Kenny is organizing a sit-in because Columbia had a separate entrance for black people at one of its swimming pools. "That's INSANE!!" he screams. The students shout and swarm into the buildings. Kenny takes over the president's office and tosses out his cigars. He asks Sarah to be "in charge of the Mayo Committee," as in, feed the people, woman. Shut up, Kenny.
Kenny yells out of the window, and a sandwich-less Sarah approaches and says the alumni committee wants "a list of demands." Kenny is all, the alumni
committee? He's got NBC and the New York Times
outside! So the alumni committee is going to have to wait! And so is Sarah! She just stands in his face and doesn't go away. He's all, what, do you have something to say? She's all, what if I do? But "no one gets to talk when you're around." Woo! Kenny throws up his hands and says he "doesn't have time to talk about this now."
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