Adam and Kristina have brought Max to the pet store to reward him for his successful no-tantrums progress report... with a pet. They are quite insane, no doubt, though they obviously know Max pretty well. He doesn't want a dog -- something his grandfather tries to push on him -- he wants a turtle. Zeek casts aspersions, but Max is firm. "I like him," Max says. "He's thinking." He wants the tortoise, and will name him Miles. "Excellent choice,"
Sarah comes upstairs at HQ to ask her mom if she wants to order pizza that night. "I just saw someone eating it on TV," she says, "and it looks so good." People eating on TV has long been a downfall of mine. I remember this particularly effective Taco Bell commercial when I was college. Every time I saw it, I HAD to have Taco Bell, which I did not even like. My roommates would throw themselves in front of our TV, trying to protect me, but it never worked. I was hypnotized! Sarah finds her mom in the bathroom, putting the finishing touches on a very fancy outfit and, frankly, a controversial hairstyle. What is UP with your 'do, Bonnie Bedelia? There are like, curly pieces on the sides, and an inverted mushroom thing happening on top and some kind of duck tail in the back? I am not following. She tells Sarah she is going out -- her whole art class is attending a gallery opening together. Sarah, without indicating it, smells that something's up and invites herself along. "Girls night out!" she says. Her mom is not exactly pleased, but can't exactly refuse. "Okay," she says, "go get dressed." Sarah looks at her jeans and casual shirt. "I am dressed," she says. Camille lays the Classic Mom line on her: "No, really dressed."
Joel and Julia are pacing around their house when Timm(MMmm)mm finally arrives. "Oh, Porsche," Joel grumbles as the dude pulls up, 45 minutes late. He makes no better impression when he comes in, talking about his stupid conference call. "Bet you're glad you don't have to worry about that kind of stuff, right Joel?" he cheeses. Julia, who is dressed like an Amish school boy, laughs uncomfortably. "Wow, stay-at-home dad," Timm continues. "What do I have to do to get that job, right?" Lord. Somebody kill this guy. "Seriously, though," he adds. "It's honorable, what you do." Gag. Julia is caught in the middle of a lot of macho dick measuring. Blergh. I hate this storyline. And Timmmmm.