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Mommy and Daddy are sitting in the living room of their apartment. They complain about the tardiness of an expected visitor, and in the first of her many absurd stories Mommy tells Daddy about the difficulties surrounding the purchase of a new hat. "That's the way things are today; you just can't get satisfaction; you just try," Daddy says. They gripe some more, this time about the leak in the bathroom, which leads them to the topic of Grandma's "feeble-headedness." Grandma enters the room, her arms filled with boxes. She complains about the broken bathroom, and Daddy insults her. She's not happy with him, but she also says she "deserves" it because "when you get so old ... people talk to you that way." Mommy and Daddy admire the wrapping on the boxes after Grandma leaves the room, and Mommy tells another absurd story, this one about being poor as a child. She is much happier being rich, but she doesn't think it's proper for Grandma to "live off" them—"somebody" should put Grandma in a nursing home. Daddy says it won't be him.
Grandma reenters the room. Daddy compliments her on the boxes, but Grandma isn't having it. "You don't have any feelings, that's what's wrong with you," she snaps. He apologizes. She concedes, "it's Mommy over there makes all the trouble," and then recalls how she tried to talk Daddy out of marrying Mommy. Mommy is furious with Grandma, to which Grandma replies, "You should have gotten rid of me a long time ago if that's the way you feel." She then needles her daughter about her failing sex life, for which Daddy takes the blame.
The conversation turns once again to the expected visitor. Mommy and Daddy won't say whom they're expecting, and Grandma assumes it's "the van people" come to take her away to a nursing home. The doorbell rings. Daddy gets cold feet and doesn't want to meet whoever is on the other side, but Mommy forces him to go through with it. He opens the door.