Fred is searching for his biological father. A short while after the Elder reveals what she knows, his grandmother dies and Fred is struck mute. An old acquaintance of the Elder prompts the family towards a vacation to Denmark, and Fred's voice returns once again. Adult Barnum continues the search for Fred. In order to draw attention to his disappearance, he has a fake article printed in a major newspaper, regarding two murders Fred supposedly is guilty of, to Vivian's great disapproval.