Meanwhile, out in the living room, Trina has totally called Roger on his pining over Susan. She warns him, "Janet's trying, you know. She wants to be exciting and interesting to you, but it doesn't matter how much she tries if she's not the woman you want." Roger asks, "What do I do?" Trina says, "The way I see it, you have two choices. You can tell Susan how you feel and take the consequences -- and there will be consequences, Roger -- or you can find a way to get over her."
The love object in question is irritatedly wondering why her husband has to go scanning the radio for news. Susan fumes, "If someone hurts her, I will never forgive myself -- or you." Bruce says, "All we did was our job as parents." Susan calls BS on that: "We're at a party every other night. We're so busy trying to make ourselves feel good, or alive, or younger -- I don't know, like, we still love each other. The last thing we are doing is our jobs as parents!" Oh, look what just slipped out. Bruce protests, "You're a great mother! And of course we still love each other!" Bruce, you might want to reconsider on both counts. He adds that he still loves her, anyway. The DJ at WDEM ("Deus Ex Machina, playing all your greatest hits!") reminds everyone that Jackson Browne's playing at Alpine Valley that night, and this gives Susan a brainstorm. Before you know it, Susan's at a pay phone getting Doug Stephens' number from the operator.
She calls and gets Doug at his apartment. (Which, by the way, is filled with people; looks like Doug has not been sitting around pining for Laurie.) Susan briefly introduces herself, and Doug says, "She just called me. She's at a diner in Honey Creek called the Way Station Coffee Shop. I told her to stay put and I'd come get her." Susan is flabbergasted that Laurie made it that far. Doug launches into an apology, but Susan's like, "I have to go.
Susan and Bruce head into the diner. Susan is relieved to see that Laurie hasn't been turned into a bloody hash by a deranged killer. Well, someone has to be, I suppose. She hugs her daughter, and then Bruce steps in to play bad cop. Laurie petulantly refuses to, whining, "Doug's picking me up. We're going to the concert." Sadly, nobody replies, Fine -- and then when you get back, you'll be going to your room, as you'll be grounded for the rest of 1976. Bruce is about to tell Laurie where to shove it and how high it should go, when Doug enters the diner. Laurie immediately runs over to him, and so does Bruce. Now guess which one wants to kiss him and which one wants to kill him. Susan tells Bruce to calm down, adding, "He helped us find her." Laurie asks, "You told my parents where I was?" Doug replies, "You scared the hell out of them!" Bruce snarls, "I ought to have you arrested." Laurie interposes and says, "You do that and you will never see me again." Oh, promises, promises. We viewers aren't that lucky. Susan finally snaps, "Okay! Time out! Everyone back off and take a breath. We need ... pie."