Recap / Penny And Aggie Headhunt
"Permit me to reacquaint you with the face of the enemy, the ever-evolving army that will one day bury us all...Modern. American. Youth."
A presentation on the "Generation Z" youth demographic, by Hollywood producer Meighan McDowell, last seen in Final Curtain, First Kiss
, frames four interlocking narratives that take place within the same evening.
Stan, Brandi, Jack and Katy-Ann go bowling together. Although everyone is outwardly enjoying themselves, hints of unease appear. Brandi recalls, in distorted fashion, Katy-Ann's drunken rant about her and Stan ("Stan, that sleazy..."), suggesting she's beginning to have doubts about their newly steady relationship. Jack and Brandi, the two better bowlers of the group, decide to play another game, so Katy-Ann and Stan decide to catch up with each other over soda. While bowling, Brandi and Jack bond when she asks him how he and Stan came to be friends. Jack tells her that he and Stan grew up in a rougher part of town and so stuck together for safety, as they compensated for each other's weak points. He also credits Stan for keeping him out of jail when he used to binge-drink, and confides in her that Stan's learning he's a better man than he thinks.
Katy-Ann and Stan, in contrast, discover they have little in common, and when the topic turns to the upcoming race between Stan and Cyndi for the student council presidency, Katy-Ann takes issue with Stan's cavalier dismissal of Cyndi's behaviour as mere "show biz." Stan suggests coldly that she answer her cellphone. Katy-Ann takes a call from Penny, asking why she sounds so angry.
Minutes earlier, at Aggie's house, Aggie enthusiastically shows Penny a scrapbook of her creative efforts over the last couple of years. Finding that it's filled with mediocre poetry, an image macro of her pet rat Finister, and a photo of Marshall with Karen's head cut out, Penny struggles to find something diplomatic and "literary" to say about it. However, Aggie detects Penny's underlying reaction and has a crisis of self-confidence, calling all her work "crap" and wondering why she ever thought she had talent. Penny attempts to console her but fails, due to her natural tendency toward bluntness. As Aggie hands her an actually capable sketch of her mother Melody, Penny takes a call from Sara, asking her what she's so excited about.
Minutes earlier in turn, Sara, while helping her mother Iseul set the dinner table, gathers the nerve to come out to her. Iseul is stunned at first, but quickly gives the typical "It's just a phase" response, saying most people eventually "settle themselves down" (i.e. end up with someone of the opposite gender). Sara protests that she has a girlfriend and is in love; her mother says that she too engaged in "wandering" before marrying Sara's father. Ignoring her daughter's curiosity about this, Iseul says given that in her native South Korea homosexuality is still taboo, Sara's lucky to be living in America where she can experiment. "Lucky?" shouts Sara as she drops the plates. Their subsequent argument over respect is interrupted by a phone call from Meighan.