Back in Winnetka, Roger's cleaning and repairing some intricate clockwork machinery. Janet comes over and observes that he appears to have recovered and says, "You know, if we get on the road right now, there's still time to salvage the weekend." Roger says he's happy right where he is. Janet asks, "What's going on? You've been acting peculiar ever since Bruce and Susan's housewarming." Roger dodges with, "Maybe I'm just tired of spending all our free time with them, you know? What do the four of us have in common anyway? ... They were our neighbors. They lived across the street from us." Janet protests, "Susan is more than just a neighbor! I know things have changed, but if we go up there and we do all the things we've always done, then maybe ... maybe things can change back." Oh, Janet, I see you're wearing your Clan Badidea tartans today. Roger is not about to be the one to tell his wife that her best friend is swingin'. Instead, he asks, "What if it's already too late?" "I don't accept that," Janet says. Roger looks up, and remembers what a force of nature he married.
And now, time for the contractually-obligated update on assorted The Children, Won't Someone Think of the Children? storylines. Look at it this way: we get it out of the way early, we can get back to finding out what single-entendre dialogue Tom will gift us with next. So, here is the deal:
Laurie is ostensibly in charge of her younger brother for the weekend, but evinces no interest in finding out where he happens to be spending the night. This is because she's all hung up on Teacher Doug. After class on Friday, she stops by his desk to compliment him on their latest assignment, an essay on the subjective nature of time. (I imagine those of your in the forums who could not care less about the Miller children are thinking, "Here's my essay: time drags when BJ and Laurie are on, and flies when it's the grown-ups.") The compliment is also a probe: "Older, younger -- it's all a matter of perception, right?" Teacher Doug nervously says, "Laurie, I think we should talk." She thinks so too -- so why doesn't he come over at 8 p.m. that night?