At the end of August, Lori returns from summer camp, and states that she had the time of her life and it never occurred to her that she could actually have a normal life outside of Welch. Soon enough Rose Mary returns from her university trip and explains that she has been too selfless and decides that she will no longer work as a teacher.Jeannette and Rose Mary start arguing, as they need the money from her teaching career. When Jeanette comes home from school the same day, she’s whipped by Rex for disrespecting her mother and refusing to apologize. Jeannette decides she needs to save up enough money to leave Welch and buys a piggy bank to store her “escape funds”. A little bit later a few filmmakers came from New York, and managed to convince Lori and Jeannette that they should move to the big city. They pool their funds in order to move out and convince Brian to join them as well. Lori starts a profitable art business at her school, and also tries a few times to get an art scholarship, but ultimately does not manage to succeed in her goal. In her final attempt, she created a sculpture of Shakespeare, which was ruined by drunken Rex, who claimed he was doing her a “favour”. A little while later Jeannette comes home to find all the money they had been stockpiling for nine months had been stolen, she assumed by Rex. This infuriated the two girls and broke any last trust they had in their father. At the end of this part, one of Jeannette’s teachers, Mrs. Sanders offered to pay Jeannette $200 to join them in Iowa and look after her toddlers for her. The Sanders family would then provide her with a flight back to Welch. However, Jeannette refused, instead, she decided Lori should be taken, and given a flight to New York after rather than back to Welch. Lori then leaves for her new adventure, leaving Jeannette with the hope that she could join her in a few years.