Study Guide

This Is Where I Leave You Chapter 5

By Jonathan Tropper

Chapter 5

  • The family returns home after the funeral. They're greeted by Linda Callen, who's been a neighbor and close family friend since Judd was a kid.
  • Her son, Horry, was practically part of the family and even dated Wendy for a while. That whole relationship ended after Horry got into a bar fight in college. He took a blow to the head and now suffers brain damage, giving him seizures and frequent memory loss.
  • Wendy ended up marrying Barry and having three children: Ryan, Serena, and Cole.
  • It's lunchtime and Serena is upstairs crying. Ryan is in the other room banging on the piano. Barry is on the phone doing his best Boiler Room¬†impression. One big happy family!
  • Linda, Paul's wife, looks at Ryan with a mixture of emotions. See, they've been trying unsuccessfully to have a child for a while, so all these kids are tugging at her heartstrings.
  • Phillip's phone rings and he runs outside. The family watches him greet a well-dressed, middle-aged woman, whom he then introduces as his fianc√©e, Tracy. Tracy had been Phillip's therapist before they got involved, which, depending on when they started dating, might violate a whole boatload of ethical boundaries.
  • Suddenly, Cole emerges from the bathroom butt naked, training potty in hand. He shows his father his T-shaped turd with pride, but a distracted Barry loses it at the sight of the alphabetical poop.
  • In response, Cole joyfully throws his full potty in the air. Everyone dives for the floor like it's a bomb drill and Cole's little surprise lands in the middle of Paul's plate. Mmm, tasty.