Previously on Party of Five: Julia told Bailey that his alcoholism was not their parents' fault. It was about the alcohol. Period. Bailey decided that meant he was okay to drive, and spun out his jeep (again), and ended up hitting a light pole.
The show starts immediately post-accident. Bailey is sitting there staring straight ahead, hands gripping the wheel. We hear a spooky echo-y voice-over of Bailey saying to Julia, "We had these parents...these parents...these parents" while we see footage of the accident again. There is a flash of bright light. Are the paparazzi there taking pictures? Suddenly, instead of an accident, there is a near miss. Neither car involved is Bailey's car. One of the cars contains a couple, who are talking about how they almost just got in an accident. If it weren't for the closed captioning telling me the couple was "Nick and Diana", I never would have figured out that this was supposed to be Bailey envisioning what would have happened if his parents didn't die. Well, that and all the previews that talked about how this episode is an alternate reality. Nick and Diana discuss if they should go home as the other car takes off. They decide that they rarely get a night out, and "Charlie's already there with Owen and Claud", so they should continue their evening out.
Suddenly, we cut to Bailey and Will in a car. Bailey has blond hair, so we know it's alternate reality Bailey. Will looks the same, except he's wearing a hat. They apparently just missed getting in an accident as well. That seems to be going around. Will and Bailey ascertain that they are both okay, and then Will punches Bailey saying, "You moron! You ran a red light!" Bailey gets out of the car, arguing that the light was yellow. Will says he's going to go see how the other car is. Bailey stops him, saying that the other car is fine and that if Will goes over there, and the people in the other car smell beer on his breath, they'll call the cops. Bailey will lose his license and his mom and dad will kill him. Another hint that it's alternate reality -- Bailey has a mom and dad. As if the hair wasn't a big enough clue. Before Will makes up his mind, the other car pulls away. Bailey chuckles and kind of hugs Will and says, "Let's get out of here." The driver of the other car leans out the window and yells back at them, "Everybody wants to be closer to free."
Julia is talking to Joe at the restaurant.