Stephanie's old friend Lena is attacked in her home, so it's the super-couple to the rescue, right? Nope. At least, not as a couple. Jim won't "let" Stephanie help, so she does some investigating on her own. Eventually though, she and Jim do team up, because Lena's assailant is a slimmed down Ethan Suplee, who can turn into steam or mist or something. It's hard to tell, when this show leaves me in such a fog. At any rate, Steamer was once a prisoner, and Dr. RevCam King and Lena experimented on him with the seekrit serum, and gave him the ability to dematerialize at will -- you know, like the show's audience. Eventually, Steamer shares this information with Steph, but later King covers pretty well. King also sees security footage of Jim and Steph in super-action at Global tech, and keeps that under his hat, too. And that's not all he does in this episode; he also tells Katie all the evil things "Joshua" has done. Joshua tries to lie and cover, but Katie's not buying it, so instead he uses some mind-control and mind-wiping on her. Ain't love grand?
The kids' story is better than the adults' -- this week. Chris asks Daphne out and Bailey asks out JJ. Jim won't let sophomore Daphne go out with Chris because he's a senior and has a motorcycle. However, Jim fist-bumps freshman JJ when he gets a date with a senior. You know, I can see the motorcycle thing, but senior boys dating sophomore girls is hardly scandalous, so this is just annoying. Daphne, righteously ticked at her dad's double-standard, sneaks out for her date anyhow. But once Chris realizes she lied to her dad, they get in an argument and Daphne stomps off. When she is accosted by a gun-wielding mugger or possibly a rapist, Chris zooms to the rescue on his bike. But it's not Chris that scares off G-W MopaR. Daphne does -- accidentally. When she tells the guy to drop his gun and walk away, he obeys meekly, and Daphne realizes she has the power of mind control. This new newbility comes in handy when she gets home and Jim realizes she defied him and snuck out with Chris. He grounds her for two weeks, but Daphne gives him a mental push and he reverses her grounding to a "next time" warning.
As for JJ, at first, Daphne is convinced Bailey is just using him because the S.A.T.s are coming up, but when she reads the girl's mind, she realizes her interest in JJ is sincere. Daphne has the grace to tell JJ this, and he and Bailey end up going out. While they're parking and looking at the stars, Bailey kisses him, and JJ's mind flashes to Natalie. He tells Bailey he can't be with her, and... I can't buy it. I'll hit that in weecap. Believe me.
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Jim: Um... Where's the recapper?
Daphne: I'm not sure, but I can read her thoughts.
Jim: Any explanation for why she's not...you know...recapping.
Daphne: Er...sorta. She's in a dark corner, rocking back and forth saying. "You can't. I won't. You can't. I won't." And there's this little...demon looking thing, menacing her.
Katie: A demon-looking thing? Describe, please.
Daphne: Hold on. It's hard to get a clear picture with all the rocking.... Okay, well, he kind of looks like a TV. A TV with horns and antenna. He's got a jagged sort of tail, and the tip is shaped like an arrow head.
Katie: Oh, that's just Tubey. He's the TWoP mascot, or evil overlord, or something. He's undoubtedly trying to make her write.
George: I've got a location on her. She's in her home office, just North of Boston.
Jim: I'll save her. Up, up, and AWAYYYYYY!
Recapper: Tubey, I just can't. Okay. The well is dry. I don't really care what you do to me. Heck, maybe if you torture me, I'll learn how to feel again.
Tubey: My plan is coming together perfectly, as my plans always do.
Jim: Thud. I'm here to save the day!
Recapper: Oh frak. That's a new roof, Jim.
Jim: I don't get it. You need saving, don't you?
Recapper: Look Jim, I appreciate your help, although I'd appreciate it more if you were a roofer, but I was trying to hide from you guys.
Jim: But Daphne said this Tubey character was menacing you.
Recapper: He was menacing me with just this scenario. He decided to loom over me, until Daphne got a reading off me, assumed he was going to hurt me, and told you, at which point you'd come save the day.
Jim: You dastardly fiend!
Tubey: My work here, is done. I need a shot and a cigar. That was a hard two minutes of menacing.
Recapper: Don't light up one of those stink-bombs in this house or by God, I will take a Louisville Slugger to your face...belly...to your...you.
Tubey: Talk to the tail.
Jim: So, are we gonna get going on this or what?
Recapper: We are, Jim, but why don't you and the rest of the crew take the week off. I'm just gonna do this quick and dirty.
Jim: Great! Maybe I can finally get some alone time with my hot wife.