Egan lives by his own life axiom, which he calls Egan's Law. If he thinks or speaks disparagingly about a person he sees in public, he will find that person sharing his personal space. While attending a lecture by a renowned spiritual teacher, Egan spots a disheveled, surly man whom he dubs Ichabod. The reverberations of transgressing Egan's Law bring harrowing results.
Alan volunteers to attend to a mute old man with tongue cancer. Inspired by the loss of his sister to leukemia, Alan vows to give Picky Walker comfort and consolation. Discouraged by the bleakness of Picky's life and alarmed by the news that Picky is an ex-con, Alan struggles to find compassion. His ambivalence leads to devastating feelings of failing to be there for Picky.
Kevin returns to his car after a high school forensics tournament to find a giant locust sitting on the dashboard. After attempts to extricate it, Kevin drives home and tells his father that he can't remove the bug. His father is not impressed by Kevin's cowardice. Irate, Kevin's father tosses out the grasshopper. When his father moves menacingly toward the insect, Kevin steps in front of him.
Miranda drives to meet her deadbeat ex-husband after eight years of no word. She plans to tell him all that she has felt about his betrayal. When she faces him across the coffeeshop table, he stops her in her tracks by what he tells her.
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