"The Break Up" opens with JJ questioning how much Thelma really loves
her boyfriend Larry Walters (Carl Franklin, introduced in "Love in the
Ghetto"), since the two seem to have nothing in common. As a garage
mechanic he often discusses his work days fixing carburetors or
radiators. When young Michael admits he's already been in love three
times this year, the experienced JJ dismisses it as puppy love: "I may
get 'em when they're puppies, but you get 'em when they're dogs!"
Larry's news of becoming co-owner of his uncle's garage in California
leaves the Evans family shaken, as they expect he'll ask Thelma to go
with him. Thelma realizes that she and Larry may be together, yet are
headed in opposite directions. Their final dinner features an expensive
menu displaying live Maine lobster: "maybe we should order a dead one!"
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