Hally, a seventeen-year-old white boy, comes into the tea room from school and greets Willie and Sam.
Sam's teaching Willie some dance moves and Hally cheers him on.
Hally asks them how they're feeling about the big dance contest. He says they look like they're ready.
Sam tells Hally that his mom isn't in the tea room; she got a phone call from the hospital (his dad's in the hospital) and left. Hally wants to know if that means his dad's leaving the hospital.
Hally gets ready to have some lunch the guys have prepared for him. He looks over some comic books that a neighbor left on the table for his father and declares them "mental pollution."
Well, excu-u-u-se me.
Hally's really worried about what his mom's doing at the hospital on a non-visiting day and tries desperately to interrogate Sam, but he can't get any information out of him; Sam doesn't know anything about it.
Hally finally convinces himself that his dad must have taken a bad turn and that his mother's just gone to help him out. He really doesn't want the guy coming home.