Ponyboy finally realizes how much Darry cares about him.
Darry calls Ponyboy "little buddy" for the first time. He only ever called Sodapop "little buddy"
When Ponyboy's grades start to go down him and Darry start to get into arguments. This hurts Sodapop to see them arguing again to the point of where he just leaves to the lot. Pony and Darry chase after him. Soda vents to his brothers and they solve their problem. Darry and Pony agree to not have anymore big fights for their and Pony's sake.