Originally Posted by djoberg
The last episode was amazing, for reasons already cited in previous posts. If I had one minor nitpick it would be this: Why weren't the kids concerned about their parents not being home when they themselves arrived home quite late after their harrowing experience? I actually hate to bring this up when the rest of the episode excellent, with spot on story-telling and believability.
They tried hitch hiking, which that alone would have gotten them in trouble had the parents found out. The daughter drank beer, too. Then, on top of it all, they found out that it's true: hitch hiking really is dangerous and they nearly paid the price for it. The son had to whack a guy over the head with a beer bottle to get away. If that weren't enough, the poor kid wet his pants in the process and didn't want anyone to find out.
So, Mom and Dad not being home was way, way down on the list far below them finding out about any of the trouble that occurred. When you think you might get punished, you only worry about Mom and Dad not finding out about it, not what's up with Mom and Dad. In fact, them not being home was likely a good thing in their book. They likely figured there would have been a much more indepth 3rd degree before they could get their story straight.
When I was a kid, my parents didn't always tell me where they were going. If they were late, there wasn't always an explanation. Plus, we were allowed to be out and about on our own because no one ever thought about kindnapping...as long as you didn't hitch hike or take candy from a stranger...
I actually had a similar situation happen to me when I was a kid:
While my parents were out and my sister was watching me, I tripped and fell down the basement stairs and went straight through a plate glass door leading out to the back patio. We were so worried about getting into trouble for it we completely igonored how lucky I was to be completely uninjured in the process other than a bruise on my shoulder. We also didn't even realize our parents were two hours late getting home - and didn't care.
Turns out, they hit a deer on the way home and had to walk to a pay phone to call a tow truck. They were fine, but the car needed some major work.