517. The Walk
Aired March 26, 2014
After having nobody to go to the prom with, Sue ends up with five dates. Frankie and Mike realize they are more talkative and charming with other people than they are with each other. Meanwhile, Axl helps Brick with a school project where he must "think outside the book".
Quote from Frankie
Frankie: You know, I heard that Beyoncé never got asked to her prom.
Frankie: [v.o.] I had no idea if that was true. I mean, it's certainly possible. You don't come out of the womb lookin' like Beyoncé. She could've been awkward in high school. What kind of name is "Beyoncé"? Is it French or did her parents just make it up? Oh, I wish I could speak French. God knows when I'd use it. But still, sometimes it's just nice to be able to do stuff. Oh, my God. Your daughter is pouring out her heart to you. Listen! Focus! Pay attention!
Sue: That is something I've never told anyone ever.
Frankie: [v.o.] Uh-oh. She stopped talking. Say something. Take a shot.
Frankie: Honey, I'm sure you will.
Sue: Oh. Thanks, Mom.
Frankie: [v.o.] God, I'm good.
Quote from Axl
Axl: Trust me. It's gonna be awesome. You start with the first book you ever read, then go all the way to the last book you've read. It's your whole life's journey in books. Then we knock them down like dominos, video it, you show it in class "Boom!"... they go nuts. Guaranteed A.
Brick: But that doesn't have anything to do with The Old Man And The Sea.
Axl: See? That's your problem, Brick. You are a rigid thinker. That's why I'm gonna end up ruling the world. All the big-time rich guys Steve Jobs... other guys they're all creative thinkers, risk-takers.
Brick: I don't know about this, Axl.
Axl: Wha-- look, that's fine. Go ahead. Dress like one of the characters in the book and do a lame presentation like a million other kids. What do you want, Brick? Do you want to go the safe route, or do you want to be an innovator, a trailblazer, a rule breaker?!
Brick: I do.
Axl: Then give me One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and let's change the world!
Quote from Sean Donahue
Sean: Hey! Sue! Excited for next Saturday? I was just getting ready to pick up your corsage. Hope you like gardenias.
Sue: Actually, Sean, about that... I really appreciate you asking me. Like, you have no idea how much that means to me. And I think it would be really fun to go together, but somehow, I ended up with four other dates to prom. So, unfortunately, I won't be able to go with you.
Sean: Oh. Wow.
Sue: But it's not like I had four other dates when you asked me. I had one. But of all the people that I'm not going with, you are really my favorite.
Sean: Okay! Yeah, no problem. That's cool. I'll -- I'll just I guess I'll just head on back up to school. It's a six-hour drive, so I won't get back in time for the fraternity photo. But, hey, there's always next year.
Sue: Thank you so much for understanding, Sean. I am so, so sorry.
Sean: Hey! No problem.
Quote from Brick
Brick: "He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff." You hooked?
Quote from Brick
Brick: Axl, did you have Mrs. Danner for sixth-grade English?
Axl: Grandma arms, slight mustache? Yeah, I remember her.
Brick: Well, she won't let us write a normal book report says we have to be creative and "think outside the book." I hate this. If they want us to think outside the box, they should tell us exactly how.
Axl: Oh, yeah, I remember that project. I did awesome on that.
Brick: So you'll help me with mine?
Axl: No, I was just telling you how awesome I am.
Brick: Hey, who helped you drop all those classes so you wouldn't fail out of school? And who allowed himself to be farted on for the promise of a prize that never came? As far as little brothers go, you hit the jackpot. So, come on, help a brother out.
Quote from Mike
Vicki: You work at Orson Quarry?
Vicki: What's that like?
Mike: Oh, well, have you seen The Flintstones? It's pretty much like that. Except at the end of the day, we don't slide down the tail of a dinosaur.
Vicki: Oh, that's a bummer.
Mike: Yeah. I hate to disappoint you.
Quote from Frankie
Frankie: Well, that was pathetic.
Mike: What do you mean? I had fun.
Frankie: Yeah, of course you did, Mike. You weren't talking to me.
Mike: Hey, you were chattin' it up pretty good with Dale yourself. It was like a one-woman show back there.
Frankie: Tell me about it. I was adorable -- witty, clever. I have never felt so alive. And you? You're totally bringing it for Vicki.
Frankie: Yeah, you were talkative, you were smiling. Don't you get it? That walk proves that we can be fun and charming. But we shouldn't just bring it for other people. We should bring it for each other. Let's try it. Let's be interesting for each other.
Frankie: No, I'm tired now, but we'll hit it hard tomorrow.
Quote from Sean Donahue
Sean: Surprise! I'm here to take you to prom!
Sean: Yeah, my mom was talking to your mom, and she was saying how no one had asked you to prom yet and how crazy that was. So my mom said, "It might be nice if you'd take her," and I said, "Are you kidding me? I'd do anything for Susie Q!" You're like family.
Sue: Oh! Wow, Sean. That is so incredibly nice! Actually, the funny thing is...
Sean: Yeah, my car broke down twice on the way down here from Notre Dame, but I got it fixed. And I had to ask a professor to move a big test, and I'm missing my fraternity photo, but I said, "I don't care. I'm takin' Sue to her prom." So, here I am.
Sue: Well, great! Yay!
Quote from Brad
Frankie: [v.o.] So, Sue had gone from no dates to the prom to two dates a problem she never in her life could have anticipated. But since Sean had gone to all that effort, Sue knew she had to do the right thing and kick Edwin to the curb.
Brad: Okay, what color are you wearing?
Sue: Uh, green and burnt tangerine.
Brad: No, silly, for the prom. 'Cause I want to get a matching cummerbund.
Brad: Oh, and I'm gonna wear my dress shoes, but can I put my jazz shoes in your purse for dancing later?
Sue: Brad, what are you talking about?
Brad: Prom. We always said that if neither of us had a date, we'd be each other's date. I'm so glad I have you. Otherwise, I'd be devastated. So, we're going together, right?
Sue: You bet!
Quote from Mike
Frankie: You know what? Maybe we've just said everything we've had to say to each other. You wanted to bring it, I wanted to bring it. Maybe there's just nothing to bring.
Mike: This is why we should never leave the couch. Let the cable company bring it.
Frankie: Yeah, that's fine for now. But when the kids leave, it's just gonna be you and me, and we're not gonna have anything to talk about. Then we're just gonna be two old people staring at each other.
Mike: We won't be alone. Brick will be here, jumbling up our meds.
Frankie: I'm just saying, if we want to have any prayer of an interesting life, we're gonna have to bring other people into it. You know what we should do? I know it's not your favorite thing, but I think we should have a dinner party. [Mike groans] You know, we used to have those Memorial Day barbecues every year. We put the keg on the porch. Remember? I mean, we used to be fun, social people, Mike. I've seen the pictures.
Mike: Hmm. I am pretty bored of talking to you.
Frankie: Exactly, and I'm totally sick of talking to you.
Mike: Sure. What the hell? Let's do it.