Melanie goes back to Annie's house and asks if she could rent a room for the night. (Annie has a "room for rent" sign in the window.) Annie says yes. Even more awkward.
They look up at all of the gulls flying overhead.
Annie makes a comment about migrating birds. Can you say double entendre?
That evening, Melanie pulls up to the Brenner house (with some sounds of birds off in the distance).
She rings the bell and sees the family (Mitch, Cathy, Lydia) coming around the house.
Cathy runs up and does the cute Hollywood kid thing. She hugs Melanie excitedly and thanks her for the birds.
Mitch says they've been looking at the chickens, which are behaving strangely. Lydia thinks there's something wrong with their feed.
Mitch is condescending to his mom, too.
Lydia has a heated conversation about the chickens with some guy named Fred. He says other chickens in the area aren't eating, either, even though they've gotten different feed.
Mysterious. What could the problem be?
There's a dissolve to show time passing, and you see Melanie playing the piano.
Cathy talks to Melanie about Mitch's job defending "hoods." She's supposed to be cute and innocent, but, uh, Hitchcock never really manages cute and innocent very well.
Cathy invites Melanie to her birthday party the next day.
In the other room, Lydia cross-examines Mitch about Melanie; it turns out Lydia has read about Melanie in the papers. She saw in the gossip columns that Melanie was seen jumping naked into a fountain in Rome, among other things.
Mitch assures Lydia in his smug, manly way that he can handle it.
Melanie gets in her car, ready to go.
Mitch says he'd like to see her in San Francisco and starts to tease her about the fountain thing.
She insists she was pushed.
Melanie admits that she was lying about Annie.
He keeps teasing her, and she gets irritated.
Ominous shot of lots of birds on the telephone wire.
When do you get to see birds actually causing havoc and mayhem, like you were promised?