Nancy is on the phone in her bedroom. She says that, with all the uncertainty of leaving office, she keeps thinking about her "real" father. I got chewed out via email for saying an adopted person had "real" parents (meaning "biological"). So, Nancy said it in this instance, not me. She's telling the astrologer. She says she keeps wondering why her biological father left. Wow. This scene has nothing to do with anything. Is it trying to say that Nancy's mom somehow caused him to go? That she inherited this off-putting personality? Hell if I know.
Ballet class. Prince Valium, er, Ron Jr., is dancing. He looks a little stocky to be a real ballet dancer. But oh can he twirl. My God, that hair!
Patty is now the cool, edgy daughter. She's in a bubble bath (like Nancy! What brilliant parallels! She's what she hates most!) with lots of candles lit around her. She's blathering about Nixon, Ford, and now her dad, and how these guys are gonna blow up the world. She's talking to Bernie and smoking a joint as an electric guitar plays. "Bernie? Bernie? Bernie!" she calls. She gets out of the bath and finds Bernie playing guitar in the kitchen as some soup burns on the stove. Dripping wet, she says that anybody willing to have kids in this world is out of their mind: "It's evil, Bernie." She promises to stand up for her conscience.
Flashback weirdness to a little girl in a bathing suit drowning. The young lifeguard tries to save her, but she's lost. Ronnie suddenly wakes up in bed, having had a nightmare. Nancy wakes up too and calms him down. "Somebody was drowning," he moans. "We're going home," Nancy says.
Ronnie and Nancy on the ranch. Ronnie is in a dirty white t-shirt splitting wood. Nancy sits on a stack of logs in her sunglasses, watching him. Ronnie gives a little "this is the life" speech. Nancy says he'll have plenty of time for ranch life after he's president. It's kind of sad to hear that now. She says he can lie around eating bon bons and building presidential libraries. Ron says Nancy's a troublemaker. She says she's the one who kept him from screwing up his life. "Oh, now shut your mouth, Mommy," Ronnie says, and it's only kept from being creepy because he goes and chases after her and it's awfully cute. Nancy runs, laughing.
1975. "Status quo. That's Latin for the mess we're in," Ronnie says. He also says that to err is human, but that it takes a government computer to really screw things up. Ron is speaking into a recorder as an engineer records in the Reagan home. He's taping some sort of radio show. Nancy and Zeljko come up behind Ronnie as he signs off. He's having a great time. Zeljko applauds. Ronnie raves about how much fun he's having with the radio thing. Zeljko says he got a letter from the Young Americans for Freedom yesterday (their last album rocked), and they want to endorse Ronnie against Gerald Ford. Nancy complains that he can't do that. He'd be splitting the party, and Ford is the incumbent. Nancy tells her servants to set up another spot at lunch for their guest. Zeljko says that Ford doesn't have "the juice" to win on his own. Is that from a lack of cojones? Because that's a juice I don't want to really think about right now. Nancy laughs as she recounts some footage of Ford tripping as he came down the steps from Air Force One. Nasty laughter from Ronnie and Zeljko. Ronnie says that if he runs, he'll be seen as the spoiler. ["He'll be spoiler-tagged!" -- Wing Chun] Zeljko asks if Ron is gonna run against Ford or watch Crazy Legs sink the party.