We open with a shot of Archie waking up after a night on the couch. He's not in trouble with Edith. Sadly, it's because Edith has passed away (due to a stroke she had suffered in her sleep). Archie, deeply grieving the death of his beloved "Dingbat," is in denial over her death and yells at anyone who tries to bring the subject up. He doesn't realize that his refusal to cry or allow Stephanie to grieve is having serious effects on not only the two of them but others as well. Cases in point: Archie refuses to sign her death claim and harshly deals with Stephanie when she's truant from school. Her principal suggests Stephanie go to grief counseling but Archie won't have any of that.