Recap: Angry Radio David is in his DJ booth, giving horrible, sexist advice to male callers about their relationships. When caller Tony complains that his girlfriend Amber hasn't put out yet, David recommends a swift dumperoo...then somehow gets Amber on the phone and publicly dumps her on behalf of Tony. As the After Dark crowd howls with laughter, David cackles about how awesome that felt...while Tony's on the other end of the line, looking aghast and muttering, "Wha-at just happened?" LOL.
Beach house. Rapist Joe's parents, The Patches, have dropped by for an awkward one-on-one with Kelly. Mama Patch tells her they forgive her for pumping lead into their son, and hopes she can forgive them for unleashing their psychotic rapist son onto the world. Kelly snarks that it's inappropriate for them to be here and says she can't offer them forgiveness 'cause some things are unforgivable.
After Dark. A weenie guy who lives across the street from the After Dark complains to Noah about how loud the club has been past their usual operating hours. Gina happens to enter the club at that moment and sweetly promises to talk over the noise issue with Noah...but as soon as weenie is out of earshot, she rolls her eyes and calls him an idiot. She rolls her eyes again when Noah informs her that he and Donna are planning to move in together...as it is the most talked about, unanticipated by anyone cohabitation in the history of television. FUCKING MOVE IN TOGETHER ALREADY, SO YOU CAN FINALLY SHUT UP ABOUT IT.
The Walsh house. Matt is getting dressed while watching a news report about himself, in particular his current case of trying to overturn the death sentence for a convicted murderer/rapist named Pete Hawkins.
The Peach Pit. Donna tells David she heard his show last night...then purses her giant lips in disapproval. David breezily tells her that people love the whole "angry guy routine", then brags about the high ratings his show has been getting. Also...in his deluded mind, he's encouraging men to stand up for themselves against women who don't want to put out fast enough for their liking. Over in the After Dark, Noah and Gina are conspiring about tonight's instalment of the After Dark After Hours Stripper-o-rama - and when Donna unexpectedly enters the room, they clam up and pretend they were talking about Halloween party themes. Gina stammers about how she particularly liked the 80s theme, then says she's off to go buy herself some acid wash jeans and a hair crimper. Noah presents Donna with a lovely bracelet that he bought for her (courtesy of the Stripper-o-rama profits) and she squeals about how beautiful it is. They both agree that things are finally working out great, then indulge in a nauseating smoochfest.
Court house. Matt is visibly nervous and tells Kelly he's freaked out 'cause his client's life literally depends on him. Kelly gives him a half-hearted pep talk and tells him his murderous client is lucky to have him. When court is in session, Matt does his best to implore the jury to overturn the death sentence, and reminds them that killing Pete will not bring his victim back. He then calls Pete's brother, Walter Hawkins, to the stand...and Walter natters about their shitty childhood with their violent stepfather, then begs the jury to let his brother live.
The Walsh house. Steve brings home a huge supply of Halloween decorations and tells Janet he wants to create a haunted house for all the neighborhood kiddies to enjoy. Janet introduces him to her funked out college friend, Pinky, and tells him she's going to be playing in Pinky's band on Halloween night. Steve's all, "Wha-a?" and says he disapproves of his pregnant fiancee going club hopping on Halloween night...and Janet refrains from pointing out that she's not club hopping, she's playing guitar at one club (the After Dark, no less) with her friend's band.
Court house. The prosecutor tries to sway the jury that it's in society's best interest to stick to the death sentence Pete was given, then plays an audio tape of him confessing to raping, stabbing, and strangling his victim. Kelly turns ashen at the killer's remorseless, monotone sounding voice and flees the courtroom.
After Dark. Tony confronts David and tells him he wants Amber back - but David insists he made the right decision dumping her, 'cause now he's back on the market and can look for someone who would be willing to hit the sack with him a lot quicker. Tony gets angry and rails, "You ruined my life!" and Dylan quickly intervenes and orders Tony to calm down. After Tony surrenders and slumps over in a chair, Dylan follows David to the DJ booth and admonishes him for acting like such a horse's ass lately, and snarls that the shit he's been blurting out in anger doesn't equate to wisdom. David shoots him the stink-eye, then goes back on the air and throws out the topic du jour for his Neanderthal radio fans to chew on: when is it OK to tell old friends to 'go to hell'? He glares hatefully at Dylan while he's asking that.
While David continues to bitch about his old friend being a pain, Dylan calls a cab for Tony, who has become so drunk he can barely stand up. Donna, meanwhile, flashes her new bracelet at Noah, and he promises that stuff at the After Dark will ease up soon and they'll have more time to hang out together. After Donna ambles off, Noah covertly tells Gina that the Stripper-o-rama will be open for business at 2:00am, and she assures him he'll have the all clear, since she's leaving the club with Dylan soon.
Dylan enters the DJ booth to tell David how badly he screwed the pooch with Tony and Robin - but David doesn't acknowledge playing any role in those self-created debacles and says that people have to take responsibility for their lives regardless of what he says or does. He gleefully adds that people always used to take advantage of him - but not anymore. Now they're secretly mocking his spiky, wet looking hair that looks as if it's being regularly doused with black shoe polish. Seriously, hair and makeup people, WTF with that fugly new 'do?
The Walsh house. Janet arrives home and finds the house decked out with ghouls, skeletons, and pumpkins. She tells Steve that her rehearsal with the band went great, and that she surprised herself by not being the slightest bit nervous. Steve just stares into space forlornly, and Janet gets irked and tells him she deserves to have his support.
Beach house. Matt drops by to tell Kelly he regrets bringing her to the court house and inadvertently traumatizing her with Pete Hawkins' audio testimony. Kelly asks him if he'd want Joe Patch executed if he had raped and murdered her, but Matt mumbles that he thinks the death penalty is immoral and would prefer if Joe were just imprisoned. Kelly gets mad and snaps, "I hope your client dies!" and Matt glares at her and storms off.
Beverly Royale Hotel. Gina gets a call from Noah, who urgently needs the key to access the DJ booth so that the strippers can have something to gyrate to while they perform lap dances. He asks her to get Dylan's master key and bring it over, pronto. Gina sneaks out of bed, slides the master key off of Dylan's keychain, then tiptoes out of the room.
The After Dark After Hours Stripper-o-rama is in full swing. Gina notices Mel Silver sitting across the club enjoying a lap dance, and gleefully points this out to Noah. Donna drops by the club unexpectedly and asks whassup with all the strippers roaming around...and is in the process of angrily storming out when several police officers burst in and inform Noah that he's being charged with disturbing the peace, operating a strip joint without a license, and possibly prostitution. Gina rushes over to where Mel is sitting, points to where the cops are handcuffing Noah and Donna, and urges him to sneak out the back door. Donna tries to explain to the cops that, despite the high skank factor of the Donna Martin original she chose to wear this evening, she's not a hooker - but the cop just sneers, "Tell the judge" and hauls her away. Bwahahahahahahahaha!!
Beverly Royale Hotel. Gina tiptoes back into Dylan's room, slips the master key back onto his keychain, then crawls back into bed. A few seconds later, the phone rings for Dylan, and he's informed that police raided the After Dark last night, and that Noah and Donna are in jail. Gina pretends to slowly wake up, lets out a fake yawn, and feigns complete bewilderment.
Kelly lectures Matt about how immoral it is of him to defend Pete Hawkins. He tells her she's personalizing this, and she's like, "Well duh" and tells him he should try doing that sometime. They arrive at his office and find Walter Hawkins there, anxiously awaiting the verdict.
Police station. Noah explains to Donna that he was just trying to earn some extra cash for their future cohabitation, and she rips off the bracelet he bought her and throws it at him. Gina informs Donna that she called Felice to tell her about her arrest - bwahahaha! - 'cause she wanted to rub it in her face...I mean, didn't want her to find out from someone else.
The Peach Pit. Donna once again expresses her disapproval at David for giving terrible relationship advice and mocking hapless people on the air. She poutishly asks him what he'd tell a teenage girl who wants to wait for marriage to have sex, then says he's a shell of his former dork self and that she barely recognizes him anymore. And the black, shoe polish hair ain't helping either.
Matt gets a call about the verdict - and the news is not good (for Pete, anyway). Walter gets upset and wails, "He's going to die!" and bursts into tears.
After Dark. Gina giddily tells Noah they made $4,000 last night, but Noah is too bummed about being arrested to care. Dylan storms into his office and bitchily reminds Noah that he's still on probation for his stupid gun toting antics at the Marchette estate last season and doesn't need any kind of heat from the police. A fed up Noah reminds him of the nature of their business arrangement: he (Noah) leases the building from him (Dylan), but otherwise he doesn't report to him. He then snarls at Dylan to get the fuck out of his office, and Dylan snarls back that he currently owes him $20,000.
The Walsh house. Steve is dressed up as a skeleton, having a fun time scaring the bejeezus out of the trick-or-treaters. Janet announces that she's off to perform with the band, then sadly tells Steve she wishes he would come with her and watch her perform. Steve declines and sulks that she's abandoning him on Halloween.
David goes over to Amber's house to apologize for publicly breaking up with her on behalf of Tony. He admits that what he did was wrong, says it was his idea's and not Tony's, and that Tony has been miserable without her. Amber chastises him for hurting people, but then mulls over what he just told her and offers him a piece of Halloween candy.
Kelly drops in on The Patches and tells them she's ready to talk forgiveness, and The Patches look delighted by her change of heart.
After Dark. It's 80s night, and Dylan is dressed up as Bruce Springsteen, while Gina has a thick head of crimped hair. Dylan calls her out on being involved in the Stripper-o-rama and says he knows that she "borrowed" his master key the other night. He says he doesn't give a rat's ass about the club, but forbids her to lie to him anymore. She [crosses her fingers behind her back and] vows, "No more lying" and the two hug. David apologizes to his listeners for being such an angry douche and giving horrible dating advice. He adds that it's never a good time to tell an old friend to go to hell...and the camera pans over to Dylan, who is smiling approvingly. Noah tells an angry Donna that the police dropped the charges, but she bitchily reminds him he still has to pay the fine. She then says she can't move in with him if she can't trust him - &^%$#@!! - but he points out that he only launched the Stripper-o-rama 'cause he was trying to set aside some cash for their future.
The Walsh house. Matt arrives home and finds Steve glumly sitting on the stairs. He complains about the lull in children's visits, but Matt points out that it's 9:15pm, which is probably bedtime for a lot of kids. Steve mulls that over, then tells Matt he's sorry about him losing the case and that he too believes that the death penalty is wrong.
After Dark. Janet is backstage, telling Pinky she's too nervous to perform. Steve suddenly appears, dressed up as Sonny Crockett, and assures her she's totes awesome. This immediately buoys Janet's confidence, and she grabs her guitar and joins Pinky and the rest of the band on stage. They perform We Got the Beat...and I couldn't help but notice that Pinky is barely sub-par as the lead singer. Gina flounces up to the office and calls Mel Silver to bitchily ask him what David and Jackie would think if they knew he was consorting with strippers. She makes it clear she's going to need a large cash infusion if he expects her to keep her mouth shut.
Beach house. Kelly tells Matt she visited The Patches and offered them the forgiveness they needed. She says she feels neither happy nor sad about it, but knew it was the right thing to do after seeing Walter Hawkins weep after the verdict was announced. Matt says he hopes he has her full support for the next phase of the case: an appeal to the governor. Kelly says that Pete Hawkins will probably die - not because he didn't save him, but because the man is a cold-blooded killer. She then tells Matt that she doesn't want to see him until this dreary death penalty storyline is finally over.
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