So finally, in the middle of the night, Jay's dad calls back. They talk for about three seconds and Jay's father half-promises to come and visit Jay for a few days. Jay explains in an interview that his play made a huge difference in their relationship, because at the end of the play, the character modeled on Jay realizes that he misses his father. "Because he knew the play was autobiographical," says Jay. "And he respected how I handled it." When Jay's father came and saw Jay's play, it forced them to talk about this sore subject over a game of golf. Next we see Neil standing around shirtless, forced to listen to Jay expound upon what a difference Jay's play has made in his own life. "And it's so funny to me to think that this all happened because there was this poster in my Drama room wall about entering this contest," says Jay. Um, Jay? I'm happy for you writing that award-winning play and all, but there are lots of people who don't write plays who can nevertheless call their own deadbeat fathers and tell them how they feel without having to involve the entire state of Oregon. Just saying. Then Neil and Jay reflect on "fate" and what would have happened if Jay hadn't seen that poster. Neil brings it back to a conflict he was having when he was trying to decide between Oxford or art school. "I'll never know what could have happened if I had gone to art school," says Neil. Um, actually, I have a pretty good idea. If Neil had gone to art school, he'd be around real artists who did quality work and would have laughed him straight back to Oxford. "Out of the whole house, I'm looking forward to seeing Neil's reaction the most," says Jay in a confessional, trying to convince himself that Neil and he are kindred spirits since they're both performers and both observe life around them. Well, they're certainly both rather self-absorbed; I'm not so sure about any of those other qualities. Jay and Neil discuss the fact that Jay is going to "grow out of the part" of the seventeen-year-old boy who is the protagonist of his play. I would beg to differ. I don't see either of these boys getting mature in the near future.
"Well, now it looks like what it really is -- a set," says Kat. You see, she's observing Mike's and Jay's construction of the set for Jay's play...but she's also breaking down the fourth wall by acknowledging that their house is the "set" of a TV show. Or maybe I'm giving Kat just a little too much credit here. Then the gang gathers in the living room in order to help Jay arrange the posters on the wall of the "set," since the "set" is supposed to be the bedroom of a teenaged boy. He moves the Magic Johnson poster a little to the left and leaves the Blues Traveler poster where it is. Then Mike and Jay have a lovers' quarrel over the placement of a Pamela Anderson poster. Finally, Jay proclaims the set to be "beautiful." Did anyone else besides me feel a little surprised to realize that Pamela Anderson has been in the public consciousness since at least 1995?