Patty walks out of the kitchen holding a plate of...something...and sunnily suggests that they all go ice skating. No one reacts, so Patty says she's serious. Danielle says there's a movie on tonight that she really wants to watch: "It's about this girl, and she does obscene phone calls as, like, her job." "Really," Patty replies. Graham says he told Neil he'd shoot pool with him tonight. Patty worries at her napkin in exasperation and asks, "You're seeing your brother twice in one week?" Foreshadowing leans in my office doorway and whines, "I thought I had the summer off!" Graham explains, "Well, he broke up with her again; I feel sorry for him." Danielle continues, "And then somebody, like, tries to kill her, like, over the phone!" Patty leans over her plate and sighs, "Well, I guess it's just us girls tonight, which --" Angela snaps, "So I'm grounded? Just because of last night?" Patty slowly replies, "I never said that you were grounded. What I said --" "So, Mom, I'm allowed to, right?" Danielle asks, cannily taking advantage of Patty's distraction. ["My brother and I nearly wept laughing the first time we saw this scene. I can't count the number of times my brother asked -- and received permission -- to do things like build a fire-ant colony when my mother was busy bitching me out for, basically, being a sulky fifteen-year-old." -- Sars] Angela says, "'Cause, um, Rayanne invited me to sleep over at her house tonight." Danielle asks again whether she's allowed to watch the movie. Patty asks Angela, "That girl from the other day? That rude girl?" Angela defends Rayanne as not having been rude (in fact, since Patty was the one who demanded of Rickie, "Who are you?" I'd say she is "that rude girl"), and Patty argues, "She finished my cheese! I had this brand-new brick of cheese -- she devoured it." "Dad!" Angela interrupts. Graham smirks. Danielle asks about her movie AGAIN. Patty says, "You know, I have met this Rayanne exactly once. I do not know her; I do not know her parents." Patty goes into the kitchen, and Graham calls after her, "What, you never spent a night at a friend's house?" Patty says her parents knew her friends. Danielle asks one last time whether she may watch the movie, and (apparently) to shut her up, Patty consents. Angela reminds Patty that she offered Rayanne the cheese. Graham slides his arm around Patty's waist and pulls her onto his lap, asking, "All nine hundred? They knew all nine hundred of your friends personally?" Patty giggles, "Okay, we've all heard this before." AVO gives us the back story: "My parents went to the same high school, but they never knew each other then." Graham tells Angela, "Did you know that they had to change the date of the prom because your mother was getting her appendix out?" Loving every minute, Patty says, "I never asked them to change the date!" Graham continues, "Meanwhile, I couldn't get a girl to look at me." Patty obliges him (only it's more like he's gotten a girl to glare at him), and she stomps into the kitchen. Angela tries to bring the discussion back to herself: "You know, you don't even have to drive me, because Rickie's cousin said he would." Sarcastically, Patty chortles, "Oh! Rickie's cousin! Well, why didn't you say so? That eases my mind." Angela rotates her head as if to demonstrate that rolling only her eyes would not be a sufficient expression of her feelings, throws down her napkin, and stomps away from the table.
My So-Called Life
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My So-Called Life