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Back home that afternoon, Sutter's mom calls him from work to make sure he's there, like he's supposed to be, and to threaten him with military school again.
He's finally realized it was pretty awful of him to burn up his brother-in-law's suit.
Hmmm, you think?
Ricky—who's hanging out with him—thinks it's weird that his parents keep talking about the military academy when he's only got three months till graduation.
Sutter assumes it's just their way of showing him how much they think he stinks. He thinks they'd actually like it if he died in a war, since they could act all patriotic and brag about it for years.
Ricky goes off on how his family's in the military, and how he's totally against the war.
Sutter offers him a martini, but Ricky says he's cutting back on alcohol and marijuana.
It's just not fun anymore – like, when he was a little kid, and saw a fountain in a bank lobby, he thought it was the most magical thing ever…but now that he's older, he doesn't have that wonder anymore.
The drugs and alcohol helped him get that wonder back. Not anymore. Now they're old, too.
Ricky's really on a roll, waxing all philosophical, even without any weed (!), about how society turns people into empty, commercialized products.
Sutter eggs him on, and then even agrees to stop drinking with him for the rest of the week – uh, weekend.
Ricky can't hang out with him this weekend, though. He's meeting Bethany's parents.
Sutter's bummed, but Ricky tells him to spend the time with Aimee instead.
He insists he doesn't like her that way – it's more like he wants to save her.