Holden goes to a bar with his childhood friend Carl Luce. Holden remembers that Carl was sophisticated and liked to talk about sex, so Holden asks him a lot of sexual questions to suppress his curiosity. Carl tells Holden that he should see a psychoanalyst because he thinks Holden is too pushy and immature to ask questions about sex.
Holden sneaks into his family's apartment so he can talk to Phoebe. Phoebe is happy Holden came to see him but is upset that he got kicked out of school, doesn't like anything, and he hasn't had any desire since Allie died. Holden reassures Phoebe by saying he has has a fantasy he likes where he saves kids before they run off a cliff while they are playing.
Holden visits an English teacher that he greatly respects, Mr. Antolini. Mr. Antolini tells Holden that he needs to figure out what he wants to do later in his life and he will have to put effort into school to become successful in whatever he wants to do. Mr. Antolini also says that Holden should read so he can connect with characters who have struggles or emotional problems similar to Holden's.
Holden takes Phoebe to the zoo to cheer her up because Holden wouldn't let Phoebe run way with him. Holden paid for Phoebe to ride the carousel a few times and Phoebe loved it. It is cold, raining and he is becoming sick, but Holden is finally happy because he can see his sister smile.