Doug resents Willie's attitude towards work, the universe, and everything; a string of burglaries sweeps through the neighborhood. Vic Tayback: local cop.
Written by Gordon Glasco; produced by Nigel McKeand and Carol Evan McKeand; directed by John Erman.
Gary Barton: Terry.
Philip Levien: Alan.
Dennis Burkley: Roy Axelrod.
Dan Tobin: Stan Mitchell.
Jane A. Johnston: Mrs. Wallace.
Priscilla Morrill: Elaine Hogan.
Henry Brown: policeman.
Ann Sweeney: Miss Beach.
Vic Tayback: Sgt. Pierce.
Willie: ... Maybe it'd be a good idea if I got out of here for a while. Buddy: You can't do that. You've got stuff to do around the house, and you've also got your job interview. Willie: I'm not talking about going out for a walk. I'm talking about going away. Buddy: Away? Where? Willie: Up to Oregon. Up to Grandma's farm. Maybe I could finish that script up there. Maybe it'd go better if I were alone, out of everybody's way. Buddy: You're not in my way. Willie: I'm talking about Dad. Buddy: Well, if you get the job, he'll cheer up. Willie: I'm sure he will... but I won't. Kate: He's nervous. He's had such rotten luck with interviews. He was awfully disappointed it didn't work out at the newspaper... Doug: What do you expect? He doesn't have a high-school diploma. How can he imagine the newspaper will take him seriously? Buddy: He tried the TV station, too. Doug: Oh, I'm well aware of what Willie has tried, Buddy. I find his aspirations somewhat out of line with his abilities. Buddy: Well, he really wanted to work on the movie script he's writing... Doug: I'd really want to retire. But I can't. Kate: Buddy, don't you think you'd better get a move on? Buddy: Do I have to? This is much more interesting. Willie: Could you please talk to Dad for me? Kate: I think you're gonna have to do that by yourself, Willie -- and like an adult. Willie: Why? He hasn't exactly been acting like an adult... Kate: He doesn't have to. He is one.