Recap: A hot young Jason Lewis (eventually known as Smith Jerrod from Sex and the City) is trying to get into the After Dark, but the security guard tells him he's not on the guest list. (Not sure when the After Dark became this exclusive a night club.) Valerie comes over and asks if there's a problem, so the security guard tells her that Jason Lewis claims he's part of Quentin Tarantino's party, but his name isn't on the list. Jason Lewis just shrugs and says, "Never mind. I didn't want to come here in the first place" and shuffles off...and Valerie chases after him and offers to check with Quentin, but he tells her not to worry about it. Out of nowhere, a small group of paparazzi appear and start snapping his photo...and Valerie's all, "Wuh?" and asks a paparazzo who he is. The paparazzo informs her that he's a hot new actor who everyone thinks might be the next James Dean...and Valerie looks intrigued by that tidbit while staring contemplatively into space.
Beach house. Kelly is watering plants on the deck of her beach apartment when she finds a young boy sleeping on one of the loungers. She pokes him awake, and he immediately gets freaked out and tries to bolt - but she stops him and assures him he's perfectly safe. She asks him who he is and where his parents are, and he tells her his name is Joey and that his mother didn't show up at the beach to pick him up when she said she would. Kelly mulls that over and asks him if he's hungry, then says that once he's been fed, he's going to call his parents and let them know where he is.
David and Donna are on their way to visit Donna's paternal grandmother, who lives somewhere out of town. David grumbles about how much Felice hates him and accuses Donna of doing nothing to promote his cause. Donna tells him it's a dead issue, since Felice thinks they're too young to be serious - but then says her grandmother is really looking forward to meeting him. David says he hopes she likes him 'cause he needs as many allies in the Martin family as possible.
The Walsh house. Brandon tells Steve that Tracy thinks they're in a rut 'cause they do the same thing every weekend...not that this will matter much, since Brandon dumps her in favor of Kelly four episodes from now. Brandon notices that Steve is making him breakfast and suspiciously asks what he wants in return, so Steve tells him he needs access to the equipment at CUTV to film a video for a class assignment that's due Monday morning. Brandon sighs deeply and agrees to help his boneheaded friend, but says they have to be finished by 7pm 'cause he has plans with Tracy.
Valerie tracks down Jason Lewis and calls him to apologize for not letting him into the After Dark last night. She offers him an open invitation for any night of the week, free of charge, but he's like, "Meh" and says he's not much into clubbing. She asks him if he wants to get together later, so he invites her to join him at the studio where he's currently doing some voice dubbing for a movie that just wrapped. She chirps, "Sounds great!" so he gives her directions.
Beach house. As Joey enjoys his sandwich, Kelly nags him about calling his mom. Clare arrives home and looks startled to see a young boy in their apartment, so Kelly explains that he just showed up out of the blue and she has no idea what to do with him. Clare advises her to call the police - which she should totally do asap - and Joey overhears Clare and begs Kelly not to call the authorities, since it'll get his mom into big trouble. He says he's pretty sure she'll eventually arrive at the beach to pick him up - but when Kelly asks him where he lives, he just says, "L.A." He then says he wants to head back out to the beach, and Kelly offers to go with him and help him look around for his mom.
Donna and David arrive at the home of her grandmother, a lovely older woman who makes it clear right off the bat that she doesn't like uppity Felice (hee!) and this makes David chuckle. She studies David and marvels about how much he resembles John (her late husband), then shows the two a series of photographs that were taken in the 1940s. In an uncanny coincidence, Grandma and Grandpa Martin look completely identical to Donna and David, except for the '40s clothes and hairdo. Grandma comes right out and asks David if he loves Donna, and when he assures her he does, she happily exclaims, "Good!" She tells them she's going to go get some cookies from the kitchen...and when she returns, she's going to tell them the long-winded story of when she and grandpa met. Oh joy.
Valerie arrives at the movie dubbing studio just as the editors are working on a kissing scene. Jason Lewis sees Valerie enter the control room and waves at her. A few minutes later, he wraps up his voice dubbing and invites Valerie out for lunch, and she acts all gushily smitten and accepts.
Over ginger snaps and tea, grandma tells David and Donna that she met her husband as a USO dance in Hollywood in 1941...and we get a fake flashback of 1941 Donna and 1941 David dancing and gazing lovingly into each other's eyes. Grandma voice-overs that shortly after that night of dancing, smooching, and falling in love at first sight, Pearl Harbor was bombed and she and John got married. She says her parents didn't approve of their quickie marriage, but instinctively she and John knew they didn't have much time together and really didn't give a rat's ass what anyone else thought. Grandma pauses and suddenly asks David if Felice approves of him, and David glumly replies, "No. She doesn't."
Kelly and Joey are sitting on a bench near the beach house, and Joey finally concedes that his mom isn't coming. Kelly asks him his address, and Joey evades the question by saying his mom is probably at work - but he isn't sure where her workplace is. Kelly decides it's time for a treat at the Peach Pit, then warns him that after she's plied him with greasy diner junk food, he's going to have to tell her the truth. Just call the police, Kelly.
Jason Lewis gabbles to Valerie about his passion for carpentry. He then tells her the implausible story of how he started out as an extra in the film, was so appealing to the director that he gave him a line...and when the leading man ended up in rehab, the director appointed him to be the new leading man. Jason Lewis laughs about how stupid he feels when he's kissing a woman while an entire crew watches and scrutinizes the scene. Valerie looks transfixed, then leans in to kiss him. She tells him he's an awesome kisser - but he looks kind of weirded out and calls her aggressive. Ouch.
Donna's grandma continues telling her story...and is at the part where she and John were able to spend two months together before he had to go off to war. 1941 Donna is in the train station, crying while 1941 David assures her he'll be back. She tearfully replies, "We'll be waiting" and he scrunches his face in confusion and is all, "Wuh?!" so she spells out that she's got a bun in the oven...and he looks thrilled and envelops her in a big hug. She then gives him a necklace with a cross on it and says it's to keep him safe...and a few seconds later, he tells her he has to go. As he starts to walk away, he kisses the necklace and mouths I love you, and she mouths it back. Grandma sadly recalls that that was the last time she ever saw him, then pulls out a box of letters and instructs Donna to read them so she can get to know her grandfather. Donna takes the box and says she'll read them in the motel room she and David booked for the night - and when grandma's all, "Wuh? Motel room?!" Donna assures her there's absolutely no hanky panky going on. Grandma chuckles and says, "That must be Felice's influence" and David wryly retorts, "Tell me about it."
Peach Pit. When Joey finishes his milkshake, Kelly asks him why he ran away...and he just tells her that life's a beach and that he was born to surf. Jesus, Kelly. Call the damn police already!! Meanwhile, Valerie and Jason Lewis enter the diner for some coffee...and Valerie thumbs through a real estate magazine and tells him she's super excited to help him find his first L.A. home. He isn't terribly picky, and says the property's only requirement is that it needs to have a garage to house his many tools.
Motel. Donna is reading her grandmother's letters and looking at photos of 1941 David and his crew. We get a flashback of "John" hanging up a photo of his baby in his locker, kissing it, then glumly heading off to the war zone. Donna then reads the last letter her grandmother received: the official notice that her husband died a hero while saving his crew. Apparently, he died clutching the cross necklace she'd given him in the train station.
Beach house. While Joey is in the bathroom, Kelly goes through his backpack and discovers a bus ticket from Phoenix - and finally calls the police. Phew.
CUTV. Steve and Clare are filming a fake infomercial featuring a fake product called Sandershine. It's supposed to be a type of cleaner, but when they pour it atop the news desk, they're dismayed to discover it's a lot more like glue: Clare's hand becomes stuck to the rag, which becomes stuck to the news desk. Steve yells, "Cut!" but Brandon and Tracy are too distracted by their smooching in the control room to sense what's going on around them.
Motel. Donna is reading more of her grandmother's letters, one of which recalls her wedding night. 1941 Donna definitely puts out a lot quicker than 1997 Donna does.
Beach house. Kelly and Joey are enjoying a movie and snack when someone knocks on the door. It's a social worker and police officer, who inform Kelly that they've come to take Joey away. She invites them inside, then tells Joey that these two nice men are going to take him into their custody so they can help him find his parents. Joey wigs out and yells, "Liar! You're not my friend!" and when she tries to tell him it's for the best, he screams, "I hate you!!" while he's being led out. The social worker assures Kelly she did the right thing by calling the authorities and reporting the cheeky runaway.
The Walsh house. Steve is showing Clare, Brandon, and Tracy the final cut of his shittastic informercial. Steve has re-purposed Sandershine into Sanderstick and is now pedaling it as glue. Brandon just shakes his head and says the infomercial is awful and would give it a grade of C-. Tracy improves on that a little and says she'd give it a C, while Clare throws all good sense to the wind and gives him an A for effort. Steve seems delighted with that, and he and Clare go upstairs to indulge in a celebratory doink. Brandon asks Tracy what she wants to do, and she says she'd like to swing by CUTV and finish what they started in the control room. Soak it up, Tracy - you only have three more episodes as Brandon's girlfriend.
Valerie and Jason Lewis are checking out a fixer upper in the Hollywood Hills. He tells her he likes it 'cause it'll keep him busy, then starts grumbling about how much he hates schmoozing, show business, and being in L.A...and that everyone wants something from him. He says he needs people around him he can trust, and Valerie perks up at that, assures him she's totally trustworthy (bwahahahahaha!!!!!!), then gives him a giant smooch. Run, Jason Lewis! Run!!
Donna and David head back to grandma's to return her photo albums and the box of letters. Donna tells her she read every letter and now fully realizes how much she and John went through. Grandma says that people often felt sorry for her because she lost her husband so early in life - but then smiles and says that John gave her a love that has sustained a lifetime. She then tells Donna that the cross necklace she gave to her for her confirmation is the very one she gave to her grandfather all those years ago, and Donna's all, "Wha-a?!" and finds it around her neck and starts fingering it. As she and David head out to the car, she declares to him that she's going to live her life by her own rules, then tells him she loves him. David looks hopeful that this declaration includes some long-awaited sex, returns the I love you, and the two kiss while grandma beams and nods approvingly from her front door.
Beach house. The next day, the social worker returns to the beach apartment to inform Kelly that Joey ran away from the shelter. Kelly is upset at how easy it was for him to escape, and wails that the kids now feels like he has nowhere to go. The social worker just kind of shrugs and asks her to please call him if Joey shows up at the beach house - and she promises she will. Something tells me we haven't yet seen the last of the runaway brat.