Don passes Gene's bedroom and sees him sitting on the bed getting ready to go to bed. Don says "You're an old Army man. Drop your socks and grab... something.", whereupon Gene starts laughing. Don, who was also in the Army, has made a joke based on an ages-old military ritual in which sergeants would wake up their sleeping soldiers in the morning by yelling "Drop your cocks and grab your socks!"
William, Betty's brother suggests that their father be admitted to "the Parker House, halfway between us and New Brunswick" after his recent strokes and memory loss. The Parker House was a nursing facility since 1907 and well known and respected in the area of central New Jersey.