“I thought you were kidding about those piano lessons!” says Al.
Homer spots Fred, leaving Butch’s.
“Fred!” shouts Homer, “Hey, Fred!” Fred leaves without turning around.
Homer turns to Al. “That was Fred,” says Homer, questioningly.
“Yeah,” says Al.
“What’s the matter? Is anything wrong?” asks Homer.
“No, no,” says Al. “He had to go back to the drug store,” says Al. “Come on,” says Al, putting his hand on Homer’s shoulder. “Buy me a drink.”
In the Stephenson kitchen, Millie puts a bowl of eggs on the countertop. Peggy quietly walks into the kitchen, and sits down at the table.
“Who was it?” asks Millie.
“Fred,” says Peggy. She picks up a green bean. “He says he’s sorry for what happened, but — it was just one of those things. Said it wouldn’t be fair to his wife for us to see each other anymore, because — I’m obviously the kind of girl who takes these things too seriously.”