"Well, here's one," Scout shouts, stopping their kiss and walking into their moment. He really is a schmuck, isn't he? He says there's another surprise that isn't him. He's holding a package that arrived for Bella. He says it was "mistakenly delivered at the diner." Because the postman has a hard time keeping the nine addresses of New Rawley Main Street separated.
Scout and Sean stand next to each other but refuse to look at each other. Scout flexes his man-boobs. Bella says they could at least be civil to each other and say hello. Sean realizes he's being a bit stupid, laughs, smiles and says hello to Scout. Scout doesn't even glance in Sean's direction, but flexes his jaw and gives an icy hello. Nice. Bella opens the card taped to the top of the package (How did they send that?) and holds the card up so we can read the front. It says "Dear Daughter." "Oh, my God," Bella says after ten seconds. She tells Sean and Scout that it's from her mother. This activates the Nick Drake Soundtrack of Growing Up Too Quickly. She slams the present and the card into the trash and walks off. Sean follows her to console her. Scout, making sure he breaks at least one law per episode, rips the return address off the package. He reads it, and walks off. What an asshole.
The names are back in the opening credits. I don't know. Ian Somerhalder, Somerhaldhim -- and lick him and make him call them "Princess."
The Pier of "Knowledge." The boys are all in tiny clothes, tank-tops and shorts. Verve reads a selection. Terri doesn't have to wear tiny clothes. In fact, she's wearing about four layers of shirts. "Intense," Verve says as he finishes his reading. "Yes, it is." I didn't know it was possible, but Finn is even greasier than the last time we saw him. His hair is out of control. Finn asks what the piece is about. Verve tells him, and Finn says that's more of a summary. He asks what the piece is "really about." Verve sits and thinks for a second, which is Will's cue to pipe up and kiss Finn's hairy ass one more time. Why is he the only one allowed to answer questions? "Destiny." This cues the "Will's So Deep" background music, as Verve gives Will a look like, "I was going to say that, asswipe." Finn is, of course, incredibly aroused at the sound of Will's voice, and asks him to go on. "Life is predetermined. Nothing you can do can alter your fate." Thanks for the definition, Will. Scout looks from Will to Finn. Finn asks if Will believes that. Scout looks back from Finn to Will. They've added some students in the background. One is African-American, and one is Hispanic. Oh, WB, you listen to our cries for multi-racial casting so well! We will never doubt you again! "Sometimes," the deep thinker responds. "Like not to," Scout squints. "Why not?" Finn asks. Scout continues lounging on his back in full Shakespearean angst to say that he'd like control of his own life. Finn laughs and says that they'd all like that. "But you might want to take that up with Buddha." Everyone laughs. "Or the Dalai Lama. Or Gandhi, or any number of Eastern religious icons. I feel it's more about specifics. Sometimes philosophical, sometimes just practical." Crazy flute music goes on in the background as everyone discusses what you can and cannot change. Finn asks what they think can't be changed. "Your height," Terri says. "Personality," Verve offers. Terri says that's questionable. Man, can't a Verve get one damn answer right in this series? Why is he always in the wrong? Scout gets all smiley and says, "Your parents." Everyone agrees that you can't change your parents. Whatever. I saw Irreconcilable Differences. Oh, and yes, this scene was just as boring as it sounded.
Bankruptcy Diner. Heavy-set extras sit on the area outside the restaurant. There are lights on inside, and there are even a few customers. Scout stares at Bella through the restaurant window while she sits at her table. He's still in his Crew uniform. He inhales, exhales, and enters the restaurant. He asks her to buy him a COKE. She says that she's just a poor working girl. He says he'll treat. She pulls out another straw and sticks it in her glass. He's touched. He apologizes about earlier. "You must be completely freaked out about this whole thing." Bella lowers her head, listens to more music from the Nick Drake soundtrack and says, "Yeah, I am." She says she thought she wasn't going to hear from her again and she wonders what she wants. Scout says that she probably wants to meet her. Bella says she's not going to tell Charlie or Grace because they'll just end up miserable again if they see her. Scout reminds Bella that she's talking about her mother. "You know what, Scout? She forgot that a long time ago?" There are so many statements asked in the form of a question in this show. Scout nods, looks down, blinks, nods, looks up. Bella blinks, looks down, blinks, blinks, exhales through her nose. She says she's going to add this to her list of what she did on her summer vacation. She met her dad, but really only filled his gas tank at the station. She fell in love with her brother. And her mother who's been missing for ten years suddenly resurfaces "and wants to get together." Scout's all, "Fell in love?" And Bella says she was being "dramatic." Oh, so that's what it looks like. Scout looks down, nods, blinks, smirks, nods, blinks. Bella looks down, blinks, nods, blinks. She says as far as she's concerned she doesn't have a mother. "Are you at least curious?" Scout asks. "Scout, this is my mom, okay? Do you not get that? And I have a lot of issues with this, and a lot of them have nothing to do with you, okay? And all you care about is whether we're related or not. That's all you care about." Scout says that he, in fact, cares about her. "Really? Then act like it." Bella storms off. Scout mouth-breathes, blinks, blinks, sighs, shifts, sighs, blinks, sighs, and puts his hand by his crotch. What? He does.