And now Sam's in the police station, sitting with a row of juvenile delinquents. One little hoodlum asks Sam what she's in for, and she tells him she tried to win her father's love. She conveniently leaves out the rifle and the restraining order. He tells her that he broke into a car. She's thrilled to be able to tell him that she knows how to do that, and then quickly points out that she never actually would. Unless a man she wanted to speak with was in the car. A cop tells her that her ride is there.
Her ride is Howard, which pisses Sam off since she asked Regina to come get her. As Howard backs out of the parking space, he reminds her to put on her seatbelt. That was a perfect dad moment to capture. He asks her if she minds if he turns on the radio, and she gives him a sullen, "Whatever." He turns it on, and the song triggers a memory for her. Teenage Sam, not played by Christina Applegate, stands on the sidewalk in front of a salon with a really, really bad '80s haircut. I don't even have words to describe it, except to say that my stepsister and half the girls in my high school had that haircut in 1986, and I will probably have nightmares about it for the next week. Teenage Sam is quite pissy with Howard, acting embarrassed to be seen with him and then complaining about her awful haircut. Except that she's just complaining about the bangs and not about the entire soul-destroying mess. (I'm serious -- that haircut is responsible for the first Gulf War.) She starts a high-pitched teenage whine about how awful her life is. And then "We Got the Beat" starts playing on the radio. Sam: "Oh. My. God. I hate this song, and I hate this car, and I hate your shirt, and I just..." She breaks down into tears while Howard wonders exactly what is wrong with his shirt. Back in the present, Sam realizes that she was kind of a horrible kid, and that she bears at least as much blame as Howard for the state of their relationship. Howard tells her that when she got all crazy and adolescent (which are usually the same thing, in my experience), he didn't know what to say to her anymore and just stopped saying anything. She tells him that she'll stop trying to make him be a different person if he'll agree not to give up on her.
Sam is back at Todd's, for no reason other than to tell him the story. He's making a sandwich, and she yells at him, "Will you put the baloney down, because I'm trying to tell you why I don't need attention from men anymore." The lesson he got from the story was that she was crying over a bad haircut.