I tell you what, after a few hours of online courses, my brain feels like scrambled eggs. Nikki Donner has been seeing what life is like as a regular Reservist, and while in the real world there wouldn’t be much she could do without a chipped keycard I figured I’d give her a bit of leeway. She’s too curious to back away, and now she’s One Of Us! The “One of Us” line was a reference back to one of the earliest “Simpsons” animated short episodes on the Tracy Ullman show in 1987– before “The Simpsons” was a regular TV series– when baby Maggie is greeted into the family by early, weird versions of Bart and Lisa.
I have experimented a bit more with gradients here, and we also see the house that Nikki’s cousin Rick is renting. He’s a student at Boise State University on a football scholarship, and he and some of his teammates live in the house, with one room reserved for his cousin, Nikki, who stays there relatively cheaply since the cost of living on Boise is pretty decent for a city this size (and certainly better than San Diego).