Next day, Lily is at the wheel of the RaderMobile, driving the two older kids to school. Henry is bitching about having to be in the same grade as his younger sister, as Lily points out that he was going to have to repeat a grade anyway. "People are going to think I'm, like, special ed." Henry persists. Which in addition to all the people who already think he's a whiny crybaby, will be just too much to bear. Lily tells the kids to just pretend they're twins. And now it's Hannah who's offended. Lily suddenly and belatedly notices what her daughter is wearing, saying that it's too revealing. It's the outfit she bought downtown, of course. There's some rehashing of what seems to be an old argument over the frumpy way Hannah used to dress, and she finally claims that "This is what people wear." Henry helpfully points out to Hannah, "You can't just decide to be cool. You are or you aren't." Not that I'm an expert, but when I was in high school, people who wanted to be cool with the name "Henry" had kind of an uphill slog ahead of them. Hannah gives him a sarcastic response, and when he mother looks over at her wearily, Hannah kind of gloats, "You just ran a stop sign." Oops. Sure enough, a police siren gives a quick bleat behind them. Double oops. Lily bites her lip and pulls over. Well, their stay here in Bridgewater is certainly off to a great start.
As the cop gets out of his car and walks up to Lily's window, we can see that Henry isn't wearing his seatbelt in the very-back seat. And so can the cop. Brilliant. Lily rolls down her window, and says that she knows why he pulled her over. Always a good move, that. Cops hate it when you argue with them. I hear. But any traction she has with him is lost when he asks for her license and registration, and she says she doesn't have them. And then she makes up this whole story about how they're from New Orleans, they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, and this is their fourth move since. She claims that her husband is taking care of the licenses and stuff. The cop seems to remember that Katrina was over a year ago, and Lily starts getting teary. The cop doesn't want to be a hard-ass, but there's the stop sign thing, and the fact that Henry is unbelted. "I didn't know you had to be buckled in the back," he claims. "Welcome to Iowa," the cop says, and asks Lily's name. "Brenda Holland," she says after too long a pause. But the cop just tells her to get an Iowa license, and heads back to his car. She rolls up the window with a sigh of relief, as the kids act all kinds of impressed at their mom's stellar lying chops. Of course, you just know they're going to remember this scene next time they claim to be finished with their homework.