Dan in Real Life (2007) - full transcript

Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch.

- Hey. - Hey.

- Is this yours? - Dad.

Didn't think so.

- [Shower running] - [Muffled music plays]

[# Sondre Lerche and The Faces Down: Airport Taxi Reception]


Hey, I was gonna do that for you later.

Now you won't have to.

- OK. OK, are you hungry? - Yeah.

- Cereal? - OK.

All right.

- So the plan... - [girl] The plan.

Cara, Dad's about to reveal "the plan."

I'll pack up the car, pick you up right after school,

and then we'll drive straight... through.

- [Girl 2] Sounds good. - Does not.

- What now? - Well, isn't the whole point

that we go to school? You're forcing us to miss school

when we should be, like, in school.

Right? I mean, what about my studies?

OK, why are you smiling?

I just never thought I'd hear you say, "What about my studies?"

It makes me, like, smile.

- [Scoffs] I don't wanna go. - We do this every year.

Only time we can get the family together.

[Girl] Gotta help Grandma and Grandpa.

- Go. - You're destroying my education.

- Change. - [Doorbell rings]

- Yes? - Very good column, sir.

That bit about curfews? Very apt.

And may I also say that yesterday's column

on boundary setting was excellent.

- Who are you? - I'm Marty Barasco.

I would like to thank you for last Friday's column.

It helped me understand my parents.

[Laughs] OK.

Well, Marty, what else can I do for you?

I'd like to see your daughter, sir. If I could.

Ah. Jane. Jane!

Actually, I'm here for Cara.

Nice to meet you, Marty. Come back in two years.

I don't wanna brag, but Mr. Shaff says

I'm one of the best drivers in his class. He says I'm highway ready.

Mr. Shaff and I may not agree.

- Cara! Let's go. - So will you let me?

We'll see. 3pm sharp. Do not be...

- Late. We got it. ...late.

Yes, we do.

FYI, that boy you were really rude to before is my friend, Marty,

my lab partner from class. We're doing an extra-credit project together.


Whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait! Wait, wait, wait!

- Come on! - Hurry up!


[Cell phone rings]


Yeah, Jordy, I e-mailed it half an hour ago.


No way. You're kidding.


That's funny. [laughs]

- Where's your sister? - You're late.

She went to Yumms. Can I drive?

- Dad's going to be syndicated. - Not so fast.

There're others being considered...

Aw, that's great. Can I drive?

- [Engine whirring] - [Brakes screech]

Look. You're a fine driver. It's the just the other hundred million dr...

If you don't let me, I'll never learn.

But if I let you, you may not live.

- [Rock music plays] - [Indistinct chatter]


[Conversation stops]

What was that? What are you doing?

- Could you be more embarrassing? - Sorry to interrupt your studies.

Well, we can't all be monks like you. No.

- By the way, you're grounded. - Oh, I'm grounded?

Mm-hmm. For how long?

- For life. - [Girl] Dad, come on.

- It's humiliating. - Tell me about it.

[Dan] Grounded for a month.

A month! But that's worse than forever.

- OK, Dad, why? - You lied to me.

Yeah, well, you can't handle the truth.

Try me next time.

- [Stammering] But... but... - No, no. No. No.

- OK, Dad. I... I love Marty. - Oh, please.

- [Cara] OK. - Come on.

Dad, Dad. Dad, Dad, stop. OK, just listen. Listen.

I didn't know right away. It took me a while.

- What's a while? - I've known him for three weeks,

but I knew in three days.

- You can't know in three days. - [Car engine turning over]

- Well, maybe she can. - No, no. No.

What you're feeling is not love.

- It is young and reckless. - Yes, it is. I love him.

- You may think it's love, it is not! - No, I love him. I love him.

- No, it's not. No, it's not. - I love him.

I love him. I love him.

[# Sondre Lerche: To Be Surprised]

Dad? You OK?

[Dan] There goes Jane's college education.

There goes Cara's.

- Oh, no. What about mine? - No, you're good.

Ah, no, wait. There it goes.


You can't keep me from Marty.

Dad, let me remind you that guys are half the world,

and I'll find others.

But know that only Marty gets my heart.

In the car.

- I know a really good driver. - No.


Here you go.

I think your sisters aren't very happy with me.

- Duh. - Why do you think?

You're a good father, but sometimes a bad dad.

- Who told you to say that? - No one.

Was it Jane or Cara? You can tell me.

- I made it up myself. - No. You didn't.

Which one of your sisters told you to say that?

I made it up myself. I'm in the fourth grade.

- I can make things up for myself. - Jane or Cara?

- I made it up myself. - Jane or Cara?

- I'm in the fourth grade. - She's in the fourth grade!

[Brakes screech]

- [Horn honks] - [Woman] Oh, they're here.

- [Indistinct chatter] - [Woman 2] They're here. Come, girls.

- Hey, Poppy. - Good to see you.

Hi, Lil.

Hey, Dad.

- Well, now we're all here. - Mm-hm.

- How you doing? - Uh, fine. Or maybe not.

- My kids can't stand me. - Means you're doing something right.

[Indistinct chatter, laughter]

Oh, you're so... Hiya, honey.

Look at your girls. They're all grown up.

No, no, no. They're still very young.

- Come on, Lilly. Lilly. - Hey, how are you?

- She's getting big. - Getting bigger every day.

- Hey, man. - Dan the man.

Good to see you.

- Hello. - Hello.

- Hi, Uncle Dan. - Hey, Eileen, how are you?

- Did you hit traffic? - Yeah, it wasn't... eh, not too bad.

- Hi, sis. Good to see you. - Glad you're here.

Who are they? I've never seen these guys in my life.

- Hi, Uncle Dan. - Say something.

- Something. - It happened. I knew it. Way to go.

- Sounds good. - Help your uncle with his bags, OK?


Honey, you're down here.

Your brother, Mitch, has a friend coming to visit, so...

- I'm in the special room. - Yeah.

- [Mitch] Sorry, bro. - That's OK.

- You sleep tight. - You too.

[Drier rumbling]

[Brushing teeth]

- You tired? - [Girl] Get down, get down!

- Morning. - Good morning.

- Sleep OK? - Yeah.

- [Girl] Get down! - Can I get you guys something?

Get a life.

- She just needs some space. - That's not what she needs.

Yeah. She does.

From the sound of things, you all do.

Yeah, why don't you go get the papers?

- Oh, Mom. - Yeah, go on.

It would do you good. Get lost for a little while.

- Maybe I should stick around. - No. Get lost, Danny.

It's not a request.

[# Sondre Lerche: I'll Be OK]

[Engine starts]

[Gulls calling]

[Train whistle blows]

- Good morning. - Good morning.

[Indistinct chatter]

- Good morning. - I'll be with you in a minute.


Well, then he went downtown.

Yeah. For coffee. Right.

Talks to him on weekends.

Hi. Excuse me. Could you help?

Um... Yes.

I'm looking for a book, obviously.

- Anything in particular? - Yeah, something that can help me

deal with, um...

...what might be an awkward situation.

Oh. OK. Um, what... what's kind of, um...

Well, something funny might be nice.

But not necessarily big, "ha ha ha," laugh-out-loud funny,

you know, and certainly not make-fun-of-other-people funny,

but rather something, uh, human funny.


And, uh, if it could, um,

sneak up on you, surprise you,

and at the same time make you think that what you thought

was not only right in a wrong kind of way,

but when you're wrong, there's a certain rightness

- to your wrongness. - Um...

Well, maybe what I mean is, um,

more importantly, I'm looking to be swept up. [laughs]

And at the same time, not.

Meaning I wanna feel, uh,

a deep connection to, uh, something.

Or maybe I don't know what I'm looking for.

Well, in my experience, you rarely find it all in just one book.

- Oh. - Maybe that's why there're so many.

- Hmm. - Um...

- So, what do we have? - We have a smattering, a sort of

- potpourri of possibilities. - Potpourri?

Yeah. Um, here we go. We have, uh, poetry.

Dickinson, you know, basic stuff.

- Little Neruda is always good. - I agree.

Oh, now, this is actually a real page-turner.

The Life of Gandhi? I... No, but he...

Nobody has ever been quite so cool as him.

Um, lighthouses. A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

- Uh, the title alone. - Anna Karenina. I don't...

- Oh, now, that's funny. - [Both laugh]

No, actually, no, funny is here.

Maybe it's not that funny.

No, actually that's funny. Very funny, and true.

Good. OK, good. Um...

But, uh, if you could pick only one.

Ah. Well, I would say

that nothing rivals

- the romance of Fishcliff. - [Laughs]

I'm being honest. I just walked around and I just grabbed stuff.

I just grabbed whatever I could grab.

- [Clerk] You were lookin' for? - Sold.

- [Clerk] I'm sorry? - I want them all.

These were just suggestions, I...

Make sure he gets the commission for this.

- [Clerk] He doesn't work here. - Well, he should.

You are smooth.

Uh, actually, no, I'm not smooth.

- I'm, uh, Dan. Sorry. - [Both laugh]

Marie. [sniffs]

Hey. Hi.

Um, so, Marie, can I make it up to you?

[Dan] OK. Here is your tea. Hot.

Watch it. And there is my orange juice.

And I bought a muffin, but I think

they gave me a small planet.

- [Marie laughs] - I should put that down.

- Thank you. - I have napkins and utensils.

- I'm a big believer in forks. - [Laughs]

And you are not, apparently.

- So, Dan... - Yes.

- You were born? - I was born.

Like everybody else. And I grew up, like everybody else. Good?

- Mmm. Mm-hmm. - [Laughs]

Um, OK. What else?

I went to school, and I had a Bonanza lunch pail.

This show, '60s, a TV show.

When I was ten, I wanted to be a magician.

So I used to hold these magic shows for all the kids in the neighborhood.

I tried to make a neighborhood girl levitate.

And she didn't. And it involved a body cast, and several stitches...

- [Marie laughs] ...the end of my...

[Dan] Let me tell you something, something I've never...

[laughs] You're gonna laugh. Something I've never told anybody...

...in my life.

Um, and this is really hard for me to say.

[Both laugh]

And then she got, uh, sick.

And, um, then she was gone.

And, uh...

It's taken a while.

We should probably talk about something else.

So you're telling me that you're one of those widowers with three daughters

who preys on unsuspecting women in bookstores?

- It seems that would be me. - Been there.

- Really? - [Laughs]

No, it seems that it's been...

...seriously hard. - No. Um...

No, we're OK now. We're really OK.

[Whispers] You don't have to smile.

Better than the alternative.

- [Cell phone rings] - Ah.

- Can you hold? - Mm-hmm.

- Excuse me. - Mm-hm.

Hi. No, no, I'm minutes away. Yes.

- Um, I have to go. - Oh. OK.

I just lost track of time.

I wish we could keep talking.

Well, it was nice, and a bit unusual, meeting you.

- Maybe I can call you sometime? - Uh, that might be awkward.

- 'Cause you're in a relationship? - Yes. A new one.

I would've found out if I hadn't been talking.

- That's true. - But it's not exactly fair, is it?

- I mean, you know all about me... - Thank you.

And I know nothing about you. I don't wanna go through the rest of my life

wondering about the woman in the bookstore who let me do the talking.

All we'd be is two people finishing a conversation.

Uh... OK. No harm in that.

[Sighs] Oh, OK.

Call. Or don't, but, uh, call.

Oh! Um, hey, hey, hey!

Just so you know, um, I would even call to say I'm not calling.


[Laughs] Um...


"I'd even call to say I'm not calling?" Wow.

- [Tires screech] - [Honking]

Sorry. Sorry!

[Police siren wails]

[Dan sighs]

I, um... I never do this kind of thing, officer.

I'm usually very careful.

And nobody believes in...

- Welcome to Rhode Island. - Yeah, OK.

Yeah, it's nice to be here.

[Piano playing scales]

- Hey. - Hey.

- [Laughs] What's wrong? - Nobody.

- I mean, nothing. - [Both laugh]

Danny's back.

- Dude, are you all right? - What? Yeah.

- No, no, no, I'm good. I'm good. Yeah. - Really?

'Cause you don't... you don't seem good.

Well, it was the strangest thing. I, um...

- Wow. - Wow what?

I met somebody, and she's really something.

- Hot damn! - Bro, that is beyond huge!

- You got her number? - Yeah.

- You gonna call? - It's complicated.

No, it's simple. You've gotta call.

No, he just met her. He's probably worried it's too soon.

No, it's never too soon. Especially for somebody his age.

- Amy, Dan met someone. - Shh...

- He met someone? - Dan met someone?

- Come here. How soon till he can call? - Shh.

I don't know. I haven't been single for years.

- Me neither. My God, who is she? - Uncle Dan met someone?

- Dan met a hottie. - [Overlapping chatter]

All right, all right. That is enough.

You know what? Let's ask Annie.

- Just now? - Now.

- What does she look like? - Um...

- She... - What's the, um?

- The question? - This is my brother, Dan.

And, um, he needs your advice. He met some hottie downtown,

and, um... She's a little shell-shocked.

Wouldn't you be? Mitch neglects to mention

that in their weekend away, she's gonna meet our entire family.

- I didn't want to scare her off. - Let's go, everybody! Let's go.


So, um, Annie?

It's Anne-Marie. Um, Mitch calls me Annie,

but, uh, I'm Marie everywhere else.

I've two Marys and a Martha in my exercise class,

- so I didn't wanna confuse people. - No. That would be not good.

- I... I prefer Marie. - [Mom] Come on, sweetie.

- Women are on the porch. - Girls out there,

guys in here. Come on, Dan. Let's do it.

Perfect! OK. The briefest time units. Four letters.

- [Eileen] Mili. - [Woman] Oh, wait.

- Nano! ...A- N-O. Great!

Hey, no spying.

- You guys are way behind! - That's not helping.

Uh, I don't think "secretive" fits.

No, it doesn't fit. "Secretive" doesn't fit.

- Let's move on to 12 across. - We're movin' on.

For you to be interested in someone, she must be really special, right?

- Skip 12. - This is what I'm trying to tell you.

It is not going to happen. She is already dating somebody.

- That's not your problem, bro. - [Sighs] Actually, it kind of is.

Listen up, 15 across, five letters, pan-fry.

- Pan-fry. - Pan-fry. Uh, "grill." Uh...

Dude, is there a rock on her left hand?

- Uh, no, not yet. - Then all's fair.

All right, now focus, people! Pan-fry!

- Saute. - Oh, my gosh. Of course it's saute!

- [Laughing] - [Stammering]

And, uh, the word before, did we try "zeitgeist"?

- It would be E-l-T. - I think it would make "ozone" work.

- Lord, we hit the mother lode! - [Laughter]

Ten letters. "Anything that can go wrong, will." So...

Earth to Dan. We're still at across.

- We're not even at down, Dan. - We're dying here, buddy.

- [Cheering] - [Groaning]

- We're done. - Hooray for the dishes.

- Congratulations, yeah. - [Cheering]

- Let's check it! - What now, boys?

Dishes, duh!

What happened? You were useless out there.

Sorry, guys.

Lay off him. He's got a lot on his mind.

- Saute. - Dad, Mom.

What do you think of?

Well, Mitch, it's too soon to tell.

That being said, she's bright, lovely, adorable,

and if you botch this up, we'll keep her and get rid of you.

Dan, honey, you missed a spot.

Seriously, dude. That girl is smokin'. Amazing. Really.

- What do you think of her? - Um, she's great.

Let me have a bite.

- [Inaudible] - [Woman] Hey, hey, hey, hey!

[Children shouting]

- No, no! Let's go, Gus. - All right.

Can I show you where we are on this map...

- Oh, yes. Yes. ...here?

Um, if I had known, I would have never...

- Not my brother's girlfriend. - Uh, no, of course not.

And, for the record, I never called you a hottie.

- Hey, we are... This is the bay. - Oh!

- And we're right there. - I see.

- So, what should we do? - Um, it's kind of funny.

Maybe we should just tell everyone.

No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

We didn't do anything wrong. It was sweet...

Good! You guys are getting to know each other.

Yeah. Just showing her where we are on the map.

[Boy] Hey, Uncle Mitch, you're not counting.

OK, OK. Hey. I know what's goin' on here with you two.

You're not hiding. [Laughs]

Go ahead. One!

- Two! Go! - OK.

- All right. I'm... - Three!

Clay, I know you're in that back closet.

- [Clay] Come on! - [Mitch] Four!

[Clay] Do over! Do over!

Five! Six! I'm counting to 200.

- I see you. - Yes, we do.

I'm gonna lay down for this whole thing. Eight!


- Mitch is a great guy. - He is!

He's fun and, uh, funny.

Uncomplicated in a... in a good way. Just what I need.

- He's a great guy. - [Mitch] Nine!

See, I just ended this long, messy relationship,

and I joined this gym and Mitch was there.

- He's a great guy. - [Chuckles]

- You keep saying that. - Well, because he is.

[Mitch] Ten!

Eleven, 12, 13, 14, 15!

- So good luck... to all of us. - OK.


So a little bird told me you're gonna be syndicated.

Lilly. They're looking at a bunch of columnists. It's a long shot at best.

She's amazing. Name a place, she's either lived there or visited.

Tibet, Chile, Berlin when there was the Wall.

She's... [laughs]

Wait! Whoa, whoa, what'd I miss?

- Well, Mitch certainly made out. - Yep.

And what about you? Have you found anyone?

- Dad, don't... [sighs] - Look, I know you always say

that with Suzanne you won the lottery and that to try again would feel greedy,

but it's been four years.

Can we just walk, please?


- I wanted to spare you. - [Laughter]

- And I never smelt a thing! - [Groaning]

Somebody please pass the corn.

- [Marie] And that's how we met. - I got it.

- [Mitch] My version... - [Marie] No.

- What's your sign? - Scorpio, Libra rising.

- Oh, my God, so am I. - Really?

Do you have any siblings?

- [Marie] No. - Who wants corn? Any...

Tell us something about yourself few people know, not even Mitch.

I am an, um... an accomplished

- maker of pancakes. - Talent show.

- Talent show. - What would your perfect day be?

Mine would start with Annie, and end with Annie...

We're not asking you. So you were saying?

Uh, my perfect day would start with going to a country

where they speak a language I don't know, new customs,

someplace where I'm completely out of my element.

Welcome. I think you've arrived.


I want to say, the first time...

The first time that I saw her...

Sweetheart, sweetheart, you don't have to shout.

Well, I thought that I just died

- because there's an angel in the room. - Mmm. Thank you.

[Indistinct chatter]

[Cara] Are you and Mitch in love?

This corn is like an angel.

[Indistinct chatter]

- [Girl] Let's design a tent tonight. - Yeah! Big giant one!

We can make it have ceilings!

Dessert! Dessert.

Oh, Danny, some of us are still eating.

- It's getting late. - No, it's not.

I'm an only child too. This is really overwhelming, isn't it?

Have you ever lived your perfect day?

When does a boyfriend become a lover?

OK. OK, all right, all right.

I think we can stop asking her questions. Been grilling her all night.

Does it feel like we're grilling you?

- No. No, not at all. - [Dan] She's just being nice.

- No. I love the questions. - Oh, please.

Mm. On behalf of my family, I would like to apologize.

None of Mitch's girlfriends have ever been subjected

- to such in-depth questioning. - Dan does have a point.

- [Dan] Right? Not the body double. - No.

- What was her name? Oh, God! - Not the Knicks City Dancer.

Or the "massage therapist."

None of the flight attendants from every major and regional airline

who've wheeled their carts through this house.

- OK, that's enough. - What? Am I wrong? Come on.

Wow, Dan. Thank you for pointing that out.

You're the smartest guy I know.

He's right. It's Annie's turn to ask me whatever...

She prefers Marie.

Ask me whatever you want, Marie.

- I don't have any questions. - Oh, come on.

Mitch said early on that if I'd forgive him his past, he'd forgive me mine.

Well, that's a stupid thing to do.

- OK, into the family room. - Hey, guys. You done?

Kids, come on. Into the family room.

John, bring the pies, please.

Not you. You'll be doing the dishes alone.

[Mom] Six. Six letters.

[Cara yelling] Yes, yes, yes!

[Indistinct yelling]

[Clay] Good job. Good job.

- Second word. - [Woman] Second word.

- [Cara] You, you! - Hey.

I'm sorry. I was way, way out of line.

No, you're never out of line. You're my brother.

You'll understand when I tell...

Nothing you can say would upset me.

- Can I just say one thing? ...the bookstore...

When you were talking about my other girls,

I realized something.

[Indistinct chatter]

What I feel for Marie is different.

You know that feeling in, um... in your...

- Heart. - Yeah.

- When your heart is just... - Pounding.

- Pounding. And... - Like it's actually outside your ribs.

- Yes. - Exposed, vulnerable...

- Yeah. It's... - Wonderful and awful

and heartsick and alive, all at the same time.

Yes. Yes. Yeah, what do you... what do we call that?

[Laughs] Uh, love.

You always did have the words.


- Stanford or Berkeley. - Oh, those are great schools.

- Maybe University of Washington. - Huh.

Or somewhere closer to home.

Lil, you have trouble sleeping, you know where to find me.


Uncle Mitch, are you going in for your good-night kiss?

- You bet. - Mom and Dad's old

- "separate bedrooms till married" rule. - Kinda high school.

- I agree with that rule. - Thank you.

- You're welcome. - Mitch, what're you doing?

Marie brought some books, but I thought

she should read a real book by a real writer.

- Oh, no, no, no. Not a good idea. - Au contraire.

- Please don't. - Best book I've read.

- May be the only book you've ever read. - Funny.

- Be nice. - If you can sign it, that'd be great.

- That's first edition. - It's the only edition, Mom.

- Oh, now. Good night. - Good night.

Sleep tight.

Um, I really wish you wouldn't.

"Good luck"? That's it?

OK, we can work with that.


Good night.

[Drier rumbling]

- [Dan sighs] Good morning. - Hey.

- Say, "Good morning." - Morning.

- Yeah. Good. - [Laughing]

- [Clears throat] - Have fun.

Here you go, sweetheart. There you go.

[Mitch] Marie. Will you join us, please, beautiful girl?

- Hey, Mom. - Yeah, honey?

- Mom, will you hit that music? - Sure.

You need this more than I do. Here he comes.

[# Earth, Wind & Fire: September '99 (Phats & Small Remix)]

All right, Dan. Get on over here. Here we go, boxer shuffle.

And I wanna see those fists up. Three, two, one.

To the right!

Get a good bounce. Five, six, seven. Switch!

Five, six, seven. Whoo!

Four, five, six, seven. Counting!

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.

- You wanna take it, babe? - You wha?

- Yeah. Yeah, yeah. - OK.

- Salsa? - [Indistinct chatter]

The floor is yours, baby.

And left, and one...

OK, hold on, hold on, all right. Dan. Dan gets to go up front.

Beginners in the middle. Keep your eyes on Marie. Doing good. Doing good.

- One, two, three, four. - Yeah!

- Let's do the arm a little bit. - All right.

One, two, three, four.

One, two.

OK, everybody. Look, Marie, what to do. Dan, what not to do.

- [Laughter] - The other way.

You were excellent.

Thank you so much.

- Oh, you're welcome. - That's great.

[Indistinct chatter]

You always hate to start it,

but then you feel so great after...

Wow. That's a good stretch.

- Oh, yeah. - Ready?

Hey, maybe you'll try that on me a little bit later.

It's good.


- Dad? - Lilly, get your sisters

and meet me in front. Now.

Where are you going? Can we come with you?

Can we, can we, can we?

My girls are looking for a little quality alone time with their dad.

But I promise we'll do it another day. All right?

Lil, come on. Let's go. In the car.

Girls, let's go.

Dad, what is it? Nana's gonna teach me how to knit.

- Cara, let's go. - No.

OK. What are you waiting for?

Come here.

Right here. Right here!

Oh. Oh, you're so heavy. I don't know what I'm gonna do.

All right. Ah! Oh! I'm gonna fall down.

I don't think I can do this.

[Brakes screech]

[Dan] Wow.

No, no, no.

This used to be the place with all the shells

and the papier-mache shark.

Remember you loved the saltwater taffy?

- When I was four. - Yeah, but... OK.

Stick with me, guys. Oh, I have an idea! Bowling!

- Yay! - Bowling, bowling, bowling!

Sounds good.

Life is full of disappointment.

Big and sometimes even bigger.

So, what's it gonna be?

The lighthouse or the whaling museum? Your pick.

- Do you know why we have lighthouses? - Because they're neat?

That's right. Yes.

And also because they help when it's dark out.

They, uh, help keep boats safe

and keep us from crashing into the rocks.

Because when you're out there

and you're being tossed back and forth by those big dark waves

and you think that you'll never feel land again

and that you could just split into a million pieces

and sink down all the way down... deep,

it's the light that keeps us on course.

- It's the light... - Dad, are you OK?

'Course I'm OK... honey.

- Did you guys have fun? - No.


- Jump inside. Let's go, honey. - Kids? Where've you been?

- I know. I know. I'm... - Oh, we looked all over.

- For an expert on parenting... - I'm sorry. I wasn't thinking.

Hi, buddy. Hi.

- [Exhales] I'm sorry. - Come on, buddy.

- [Yells] - I got it.


Dan. She was amazing. You should've seen her.

She killed the last quarter mile.

- I was fast. Wasn't I? - Yeah, it was like I couldn't catch up.

Even your sweat is beautiful.

Where'd Dan go?

[Mitch] Mom, she moves like a goddess out there.

- [Nana] Yeah? - [Mitch] She's like a panther.

You know, just her body...

She's competitive, but I just wanted to pounce. You know what I mean?

I wanted to ride her up the beach. She was...

- [Nana] Don't do that. - [Mitch] She was like my stallion.

[Indistinct chatter continues]

I wanted her to be in front of me. You know what I mean?

[Nana] Marie. There's fresh towels up there in the cabinet to the right.

I miss your skin.

[Sighs] I miss your smell.

Mm. I miss...

I miss your eyes. [laughs]

- Dad! - [Chuckles] I...

- You're such a freak! - I...

No, sorry. That was just my loser of a father!

Yeah, he was totally spying.

- [Marie] Hello? Hello? - We gotta talk.

- [Stammering] Can it wait? - Is this working for you?

- [Sighs] - I mean, really working. Be honest.

- I'm having a nice time. - A nice time?

- Yes, I am. - Really? So you're enjoying yourself?

- Except for the soap in my eyes. - OK.

'Cause you know what? I'm not. I'm not enjoying myself,

and I think that, as two people of principle,

we should have ground rules. Don't you?

Oh, yeah, sure. OK, sure.

Oh. OK! All right, that's...

That's what I'm talking about. No, no, no.

We need to keep our distance. Stop. Stay away.

- Towel. - Stop. OK. I'm sorry.

Thank you.

And, you know, stop reading my book. OK, just stop.

- Why? - And that salsa thing you do...

- What are you talking about? - The salsa dance.

This... This thing. If you could just not do that.

- [Laughs] I'm sorry. - If you stop doing that as a rule,

it would be very helpful to me.

There are other things you can do, such as not exist.

- Oh. Thank you. - That... not... Yeah!

I said it. I said it. I didn't mean it, but I said it.

- And you know what else I'm gonna do? - What?

I am going to make myself less attractive,

so as to not encourage any inappropriate feelings.


OK, that's hilarious. But you know what? I... No.

- I'm gonna stop thinking about you. - Good.

I will.

And if I start thinking about you,

- which may happen in a moment of... - Weakness.

...weakness, I'm going to focus all of my thoughts on your flaws.

- My flaws. - Your flaws.

- And they are? - I have no idea,

but you can rest assured that I am going to find...

Just ask Nana. Oh!

I'm so sorry. Are you taking a shower?

Yes. I'm taking a shower.

Oh, well, a little advice. Old houses, old pipes.

- Thank you. Thanks. - Takes forever to heat up.

Um, can I talk to you about something?

- Sure. Absolutely. - And can we just keep it between us?

It's just... It was... Um...

See, last night what I was...

You were talking about your life last night.

The importance of travel and of, um, trying new things, you know,

and I just started thinking about... Amazing! Um...

All of that, you know, how much...

- That looks like it's ready. - [Laughs] Right.

Um... But just...

Oh, you're... You're still dressed.

Oh, I forgot.

I'll look away. I'll look over here.

Anyway, so, I just realized, you know, really, um...

You know, I've been thinking a lot about what I wanna do, um,

you know, in the future, like not just for school, but...

It's just hard to figure out exactly what I wanna do with my life.

I mean, I know I wanna go somewhere new and, you know,

try new things, um...

I mean it's just hard to figure out, you know,

- your place, like where you should be. - Right.

And just to have that experience, you know, and to...

Which is, you know, what it's all about. You know?

- [Marie] Right. - But it's also, I mean,

it's also... I mean, it's also terrifying realizing

what you want is what you want. You know what I mean?

You know, I think it's so interesting not...

Interesting the way that, um, you end up somewhere

other than where you, um...





[Indistinct chatter]

Mac and cheese. Nothing better.

Adults are in the dining room.

You know, I think I'm going to mix it up and sit with my peeps.

- Dan. Honey... - Mom, please. Just let me be.

- Hey, guys. - Hi, Uncle Dan.

- Hey. - Hi, Uncle Dan.




- Hi. - [Lilly] Hi.

- What's going on? - Marie's helping me with something.

- We're having no fun at all. - Yeah, I can see that.

- How's she doing? - She's amazing.

- Bye, Dad. - Bye.

- Bye. - [Laughs] Bye.

- So you were saying... - Oh, yeah.

And I was trying to, um, make, like, you know...

I was trying to make like a really heart.

But, you know, I didn't even know how to even draw a heart. So I cut it.

- Uh-huh. - And it came out, like,

it was so... it came out like a... like a star.

- [Knock on door] - Yeah.

- [Knock on door] - Yeah.

- [Nana] Dan? Hi. - Hmm. Hey.

Uh. Honey, you know we're worried about you. You know that.

And with your behavior last night and this morning,

we are now officially worried.

Well, thanks, I'm touched. But I'm fine. You don't...

- We're having a private conversation. - Come on in.

No, come on in. This is good.

Mom, go ahead, I'm all ears.

Look, you know, you do so much for your girls.

And you do so much for all of us. What are you doing for yourself?

- [Indistinct chatter] - Not now.

- Come on in. - Think about...

- We're trying to have a talk. - It's fine.

- We'd like to speak to you privately. - Stay.

- Go ahead, Mom. - Yes, honey.

- Is it 'cause Uncle Dan's acting weird? - Yes, it is.

There's an explanation for it.

- Please tell us. - I just wanted to talk to you.

Dude, you got to be way backed up.

So I just hope from time to time you are treating yourself to a little self-love.

- Oh, come on. - I talked to my urologist about this.

- That's enough. Come on. - Sorry.

What are you talking about, man?

The real question, the one no one will ask,

- is will Dan ever find love again? - No, he won't.

- Howard. - I'm sorry, he won't.

I'm saying, one of the things,

if you're open to it, love will find you.

- Oh. - I suppose.

- Hey, people. - And... perfect.

- [Laughs] - I don't think I was being clear before

- but you got to unclog that drain. - Uh-huh.

You gotta unplug that bottle. If I mixed a metaphor there.

- Yes, you did. - So far what you've missed

is, uh, "worried," "love will find," "unclog the drain."

Well, thanks. That is it.

- No. That's not it. - We are done.

You can all... Oh, come on, Ma.

We met Margot Draper's daughter at the farmers' market.

- Who? - And she asked all about you.

You see, Danny, you gotta, you know, have a little fun.

Which means that Ruthie Draper is gonna pick you up at 6:00,

- and you're gonna have drinks! - I don't even remember Ruthie...

- You're gonna go on a date! - No, no.

No, I'm not going on a date, Mom.

Yes, honey, it's time.

Ruthie "Pigface" Draper. Mom, Dad, what, are you kidding?

Not "Pigface" Draper. I'm sorry, that is downright cruel.

There's nothing cruel about it.

Mom, I don't even remember Ruthie "Pigfaced" Draper.

I don't wanna go! I don't want to go with the pig face.

- He's going. It's been decided! - No, I'm not.

- I don't remember "Pigface" Draper. - This is a blind date.

We'll double. OK? Lt'll be fun, it'll be fun. Right, Marie?

Yes, it'll be fun. Yes.

- [Snorts] - [Laughter]

That's my girl.

Come on, it'll be swine... fine.

- [Laughter] - I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

- Go hog-wild. - [Laughter]

- [Indistinct chatter] - [Piano playing]

All right. All right.

All right. All right.

Here we go.

That's very good.

It's really... it's beauti... Hello! Hi.

Hi. Everybody, this is Ruthie Draper.

- You know everybody. They're bigger. - Yes. Hi, everyone.

- Nice to see you again, Ruthie. - Hello, Dan.

- Hi. - I'd know you anywhere.

I mean, you look just the same.

Ruthie, um, you look great.

- [Laughter] - Funny.

- No, no, no, don't... - So, Harvard Medical,

Johns Hopkins... You're doing well for yourself, Ruthie.

- Yeah. - Yeah, that's impressive.

It must not, uh, leave enough time though for... for dating?

Uh, there was someone.

He was very special in my life, but, uh...

[# A Fine Frenzy: Fever]

[Sobbing] He was lost in a freak accident.

I'm so sorry.

Thank you.

What's weird is that we'd only known each other three days,

but it's... you know how sometimes you just know.

- Yes. - Yeah. Yes, absolutely, yes.

- Um, yeah. - So you're a doctor?

- Yes, yes. - What's your, uh, specialty?

- Um, I'm a plastic surgeon. - Oh, of course you are.

No, I know, I know, I know what you're thinking.

But I work exclusively with burn victims, with children

- born with facial deformities. - Oh.

- She is basically a saint. - [Ruthie] No. No, I'm just...

I'm just doing my little bit to help, I think. Just like your brother.

- Oh, stop. I'm... - When I can't sleep at night,

I go online and I read your past columns. Have you read Dan?

Only his fiction.

You're in for such a treat, really.

I mean, what... what you said, the mother of Couch Potato?

- Mm-hmm. - "Hide the remote.

So, what if he has to get up and change the channel? At least it's exercise."

It's brilliant. And then... and the parents of the five picky eaters?

They had to make individual meals for each kid and...

"What are you, a restaurant?"

- Right. - Brilliant.

- She used your every word. - All I'm saying, all I'm saying

is that I don't have kids. And I don't, I don't have problems,

but it's clear that if I do one day,

your words will bring me comfort.

[Pool balls clacking]

I'm sorry. I'm just gonna have to excuse myself. I can't help it.

I'm sorry. But a girl that moves like that,

I mean... [exhales] ...a guy has got to wonder.

Hey, man.

- She's cool. Marie, you're cool, right? - Yeah. Of course. I'm cool.

But I don't think Dan is interested in her.

- He's not? - I'm not?

I don't think you are. Are you?

Oh, nice. All right. Yeah!

I don't know what it was, but something was holding him back.

Not anymore.

Well, that's a beautiful thing.

[# Inaya Day: Nasty Girl]

We're coming.

- [Whooping] - [Laughing]

All right. OK. Home again, home again.

- I really love your car. - Oh, thank you.

- Bye. - Bye.

Nice meeting you, um, Ruth.

- Yeah, you too. - Come on, guys.

Actually, um, Dan and I are gonna go for a little drive.

Don't wait up.

- [Inaudible] - Oh.

[Car starts]

Mmm, this is fantastic.

Mmm, this is fantastic.

I know what the secret ingredient is... love. Mmm.

Better and better with every bite.

- Words cannot describe. - Mmm, thank you.

- Well, how are they? - Dad, they're scrumptious.

Mm-hmm. Truly mouthwatering.

- Almost on my third stack. - More, please.

- And nothing's stopping you, right? - Nope.

It's a secret recipe, but she let me crack the eggs.

[Dan] Yeah?

So, uh, how's Captain Lucky doing this morning?

- Oh. Uh, it was fun. - Yeah?

Heard you worked up quite the appetite last night.


- Could I have one more there? - There you go.

You know what? Actually, I am a little hungry.

- Secret recipe. Right here. - Boy, these are good.

- I love them. - Thank you.

- How many have you had, Dad? - So did you uncork?

Whatever did or did not happen, no one deserves someone

more than you.

- There you go. - [Indistinct chatter]

- Coin toss. Outside. - Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!

[Lilly] Yummy.

[# Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet: Human Hands]

[All shouting]

All right. Nice!

Yeah? You're gonna do that? That what you're gonna do?

Is that how we're gonna play it? Yeah! OK.

All right. Yeah, so you wanna take out my knees, huh?

Come again.

Line up, I need coverage over here.


- Line up! Line up! Here we go! - All right, bring it back.

- Hike! - Hey, pork chop!


- Marie! Marie! - Go, Marie!


- [Shouting] - Danny!


Why you persist in acting like a 15-year-old is beyond me.

I'm filled with reckless desire.

You ought to be filled with greater restraint.

- What does that mean? - I think you know what that means.

[Cell phone rings]

- Dad, could you? - Oh, yeah.


Hello? No, I'm his dad.

Someone named Jordy for you.

- [Shouting] - [Bell ringing]

Everybody! Everybody! Dan just got a phone call.

[Poppy] And you know, syndication is everything for a columnist.

OK, all right. Let me explain.

Um, I've been asked to meet

with the head mucky-mucks

of the Lamson Newspaper Group.

They're driving down tomorrow

and they are going to sit down with me.

- [All exclaiming] - That's great!

- Maybe you should get the job first. - Yes, that's true.

- Dan the man. - Thanks, man.


- [Sighs] - Wow.


- Dad? - [Laughs]

Dad? Lilly just asked me why you were flirting with Marie.

- I wasn't flirting. - Don't worry, I covered for you.

- I told her it was nothing. - Because it was.

Dad, I'm 17. OK? You were so flirting.

You know, it doesn't matter anyway.

It's not like she's the least bit interested in you.

But cool it, OK?


- And, um, congratulations. - Thanks.

[# Sondre Lerche: My Hands Are Shaking]


Look, he took a bus here. He has relatives in Boston. Dad...

Dad, he loves me!


You don't have to worry.

When it comes to sex, Marty is the one who wants to wait.

What about that sentence is supposed to give me comfort?

- Dad, I love him. - Honey...

- I love him. - [Groans]

- I love him. I love him. - No, you don't.

What we have is true love.

And just because you don't have it,

doesn't mean you have to punish us.

Infatuation is not love. Sexual attraction is not love.

- You don't understand. - Uh, I don't understand.

No, you don't even understand that you don't understand.

What don't I understand, Cara? Please, help me out.

What is it? It's frustrating that you can't be with this person?

That... that there's something keeping you apart,

something about this person you connect with?

And whenever you're near this person,

you don't know what to say, and you say everything

that's in your mind and in your heart.

And you know that if you could just be together,

that this person will help you become the best possible version of yourself.

So Marty can stay?


I'm sorry.

[Laughing] I'm sorry.

"Marty can stay?"

Howard is going to drive you to the bus.

We called your aunt, she's waiting in Boston.

- Yes, sir. - Look, I'm not your parent,

but I think you should know, love is a dangerous feeling.

- No, sir. - Are you arguing with me?

No, I'm... It's just...

[speaks Spanish]

Love is not a feeling, it's an ability.

- Who told you that? - Made it up, Mr. Burns.

Come say goodbye.

- [Sobbing] - Window. OK, that's it.

- Dad. - She'll see him again soon enough.

[Cara sobbing] No! No!

No! Marty! Marty! Marty!

- That's sweet. - What's sweet?

How... How is that sweet?

It's OK. It's OK. Come on, it's OK.

To be that certain. To feel so much love.

- Love isn't a feeling. - No?

It's an ability.

Well, if that's true, you have one gifted daughter.


You are a murderer of love!

OK, Cara. Next?

OK, Cara. Next?

Uh, Olivia has something with the girls.

Gus will be doing his usual. Bella is on the fence.

- Howard and I will sing. - Oh, that's nice. Aunt Eileen?

- Put me down. - Oh, really? What's your talent?

Murderer of love.

You were saying?

We have something planned for the whole family.

Put us all down.



- What's your Dad's talent? - Doesn't have one.

He's the only one excused from participating.

I give you Bella Wilson.

- All right, Bella! - [Applause]


- [Barking] - [Laughter]

- [Boy] Go, Bella. - You OK?

- I don't have a good feeling. - Do what you always do.

Marie is not a lip-sync kinda girl.

- I gotta do something special. - Just... be yourself.

[Bella] Bulldog. [pants]

- Ruff! Ruff! - [Laughing]

- That's... - [cheering]

- This is for Marty. - Want me to take the cherries?

- Mm. Uh-uh. - OK.

[Drum roll]

- Wow! - [Cheering]

[Girl] She tied it!

[Singing opera in Italian]

- I got an idea. - I'm sure it'll be great.

It could be.


[Jane] OK, last but not least, Uncle Mitch.

Uh, someone very wise, uh, my brother,

once told me that if you

want to be completely honest, sing.

Um, by the way, I'd like to introduce my band.


I don't believe it. He hasn't played since she...

[Dan] One, two, three, four.




Yeah, Uncle Mitch!

- [Applause] - What he said.


[Howard] Great job, guys.


[Sighs] What was that?

I couldn't... I couldn't stop myself.

What am I supposed to do now?

You can't do anything. He's my brother.

Why did you sing for me... then?

Because I... I'm...

Page 92. "Did I just die?

Because an angel walked into the room."

Page 148. Uh, "I'll forgive you your past if you'll forgive me mine."

It seems all his best lines were yours.

It's unbearable. I...

I can't keep pretending.



- [Lilly] Dad? - Yeah, peanut.

Will you come up to my room? I wanna show you something I made.

Um, we'll do it tomorrow. OK, sweetie? I promise.

OK, Dad.

[Mitch] Oh, God!


- Hey, what's going on? - Shh.

What is complicated being here? My singing.

- I shouldn't have sang. - I know this.

No. It's not...

- It was a bad song. I... - Is she crying or laughing?

- Oh, no, no, no. Please. - Please don't do it.

- [Mitch] Marie... - [car starts]

- [Groans] - Here he comes.

[Mitch] Mom!

Uh, no, no, no, no. I don't know what to say to him. I never lost a girl.

- Oh, good. This is a first. - Wow.

OK. Oh, uh, oh, yeah, I'll follow through with these.

[Indistinct chatter]

Please stop trying to act normal.

Said I was a great guy.

She said she loved me a lot.

And then she said...

...we should both go find our own true soul mates.

I'm so confused. I don't really know what happened

from yesterday to today that made this happen.

There has to be something. You know, some reason she...

- Why are you looking at me? - Not looking at you.

He's looking into the vast void that is his future. You just happen to be there.

- [Laughter] - Danny, do you have anything to add?

Yeah, what does the expert have to say? Come on.

- Uh... [sighs] - [Nana] Honey, the hard truth is

we all liked her a lot.

- Yeah, we really did. - [Groans]

This isn't helping. No.

[Sighs] Could somebody think of something fun to do?

OK, OK, um... OK, OK.

Part of the Rat Pack! Singer. Um, um...

- Dean Martin! Sammy Davis, Jr! - [Shouting]


Your turn, buddy. Come on. Let's do it.

[Cell phone rings]

[Mitch] OK.


- This is a, uh, gift... - Hi, Jordy.

- [Marie] You can't talk. - No, but go on.

- I had to leave. - I know.

- Ben Franklin! - But the truth is, um...

- Yes? ...I didn't get very far.

Beautiful smile, lovely eyes, one-of-a-kind woman.

- Marie! - Yes.

Oh, honey, don't, don't, don't...

- [Lilly] Dad? - Hey, you.

- Can I show you what I made? - First thing when I get back, OK?

[Lilly] OK.

[Acoustic guitar playing]

- You again. - Nice to see you, officer.

- How are you today? - You know why I pulled you over?

I sure do. I know what I was doing and I know it's all wrong.

- This is gonna cost you. - Put it on my tab.

- What was that? - Put it on my tab.


[Laughs] What are we doing?

- It may be wrong. - Yes.

But there's a certain rightness to our wrongness, I think.

I think, um, we've got to think.

I mean, your girls, and how do we?

They're extraordinary and...

- What? - I think this is all premature.

You do?

We don't even know if you can bowl.


All right. No, don't! Wait.

Wait. No, no. You have to line up.

- Leave me alone! - Line up.

- Come on. - You come on. All right.

I'm just watching you. I'm not...

- Ready? - Woo!

- [Music plays] - Oh! Thank you.

- That's... - [laughs]

I liked that. That was a terrible shot, but I loved this at the end.

Oh, I wouldn't go yet.

[# Sondre Lerche and Regina Spektor: Hell No]

- [Pins crashing] - Not bad. That's good.

You're gonna break your arm like that.

Oh! [laughs]

No, no. Don't do it.


Oh, come on, come on, come on!

- Yay! - Let's go at the same time.

One, two, three.

[Shouts, laughs]

[Lilly] Dad?

Oh, my God. Dad, what are you doing?

- Oh... - [Mitch] What the hell? Marie?

- Hey. - What the hell's going on?

- We'll go. - They were just kissing.

- [Indistinct chatter] - I can explain.

- You two broke up, right? - Two hours ago.

- We broke up two hours ago. - I know, I know, I know.

I thought that you left.

She did. She left, but she just didn't get very far.

- What? - I can explain this.

- Yeah, let him explain. - OK.

Remember the woman at the bookstore? Here she is.

You told me to go after her, and I didn't.

It wasn't planned, Mitch.

I know how this looks. But, Mitch, I also know how it feels.

How does this feel, you son of a bitch?

- Oh, my God! - [Shouting]

- What happened? - I'm so sorry.

Everybody, take it easy. You're not helping.

- Oh, no. - I'm sorry.

[Nana] Oh, darling. Get some ice. Oh!

- [Howard] Dan, you all right? You OK? - Marie!

No, don't go!

I don't know what we were thinking.

I'm sorry.

- [Car starts] - Don't go.

Dad? Get...

- Dad, wait! - [Car starts]

- What are you doing? Dad! - [Crashing]

All right, this is your summons for your court appearance.

One last thing. You need to surrender your license.


You have guests.

- Oh! Speak of the devil. Hi. - Hi.

Cindy Lamson. Editor of special features, Lamson Newspaper Group.

- Hi. - Jim Lamson, publisher.

- Nice to meet you. - Yes.

We've been sitting here chatting with your family.

We've especially enjoyed the pleasure of meeting your lovely daughters.

- Oh. - Hot cider?

Thank you. That looks... Thank you very much.

Looks great. Thanks.

Father? Hot cider?

Not only are you a murderer of love,

but you're the worst parent ever.

- [Laughs] - Sweet.

Well, um, as you probably know,

we have met with two other candidates,

but my father and I are confident

that we have saved the best for last.

Uh, girls. You can leave if you like.

Oh. If it's all right, perhaps they should stay.

We like to keep the family involved.

Well, Dan, here, he knows all about keeping things in the family.

- Don't you, Dan? - That's why we're so drawn to you.

What you represent in your column, your moral values.

[Jim] The personal characteristics that are reflected in your writing,

- Very impressive. - [Cindy] Honesty, trustworthiness...

[Jim] And we have great plans for you, Dan.

What we try to do is what you keep telling your readers to do.

- What's that? - Put family first.

OK. OK. Here's the thing.

Somebody hasn't been reading his own column.

I'm not sure what that means.

Go away. You're a liar and a hypocrite. Cheating with your brother's girlfriend?

How long did you know her?

Two moving violations and a collision? Was that part of the plan?

Worst of all, you blew off Lilly.

She's been wanting to show you something she made for you.

But you never showed up.


- I really messed up. - No, you didn't.

Yeah, I did, Mom. What I did to Lilly.

- Don't forget Mitch. - Oh, John.

And those newspaper people.

Admittedly, not a good day for you, honey.

[Sighs] If I just stay focused on being their dad...

Oh, please. You know, love is messy.

I should know better. I hurt my kids.

Go un-hurt them.

- Honey, you've made some mistakes. - Many, so many.

Falling for Marie wasn't one of them.

Can somebody get me another box, please?

[Eileen] Yep, yep. Coming.


Mitch, I...

If it was anybody else...

I am so...

[horn honks]

Hold that thought.

- Hey, beautiful. - [Giggles]



Girls, I'd like to talk to Lilly alone, if I could.

OK, then. All of you.

I know I messed up. Big time.

- Yep. - Yes, you did.

Now, your mom...

I miss your mom.

All the time and I always will.

- Mom's gone. - Aw, honey. I see her every day.

I see her in your goodness, Jane.

And, Cara, your passion.

And, Lilly, you have her eyes.

And her smile.

So here's what I'm going to do:

I am grounding myself for life.

I'm sticking with you. I am going to be with you...

- You're with us every day. - I'm not going anywhere.

See, I got a little confused with Marie,

but that is over. OK?

I kinda lost my head.

Got a little stupid because I love her.

That's... That's not...

I don't love her. And that's not what I meant.

I mean, how could I love her? I've only known her...

- Three days. - [Laughs] Yeah.

And how can you know in three days?

I don't know.

Yes, I do. I love her.

I love her. I love her.

I love her. I love...

I love her.

Then go get her.

We so prefer her to you.


- [Whispers] Now. - Oh.

Honey. Honey. For the road.

- What is it? - I can't do it.

- You must. - I don't have a license.

I'm pretty good with maps.

This is so queer. But I wouldn't miss it for anything.

[Dan] Dear readers, for most of you,

this is my first column in your paper.

In the future, I will be answering your questions,

but today, I wanna break from my usual format and talk to you

about the subject of plans.

Not so much my plan for this column, more like life plans.

How we all make them.

And how we hope that our kids make good, smart, safe plans of their own.

But if we're really honest with ourselves,

most of the time our plans don't work out as we'd hoped.

So instead of asking our young people,

"What are your plans? What do you plan to do with your life?"

Maybe we should tell them this: Plan to be surprised.

[# Sondre Lerche and Lillian Samdal: Modern Nature]




It's falling out.

[Man] And that's it.