July 1971 is a time of departures for the Loud family. Pat, Delilah, Michelle, and Delilah's friend Suzanne Tate leave on a road trip to an artists' colony in Taos, New Mexico. Meanwhile, Bill is sending Kevin off to Southeast Asia to tour mines with a business colleague. With most of the kids out of the way, Bill schemes to have Grant work a summer job with nephew David, who owns a concrete extruding business. Lance phones to say that he's leaving for six weeks in Europe with the theater group Pedestrian. Grant sarcastically thanks everyone for the concrete caper when he's badgered into accepting David's job. Bored with Taos, Delilah and Suzanne take a Greyhound bus back to California, leaving a miserable Michele behind with drunken adults. Delilah wonders what's going on when she phones home, is told she can't return to the Loud house, and Bill refuses to reveal his whereabouts.