Ben takes Li shopping. Afterwards, Li visits the Chinese consulate where he is warned of the dangers of American capitalism and reminded to fulfil his Communist principles. During a flashback, Li's father tells him a parable about a frog and the knowledge of a different world. Back in Houston, Li struggles to reconcile life in American, the excess and wealth, with his memories of home and labour in Qingdao, Shandong province, China.
Back home, Li's family suffer the consequences of their son's defection. Party Officials visit the family home with the intention of shaming the family. Li's mother, distraught and protective of Li, blames the party for taking away her son away, Li tells Ben of his plan to move to Florida with Elizabeth and Ben convinces him to stay in Huston, with what family he has here. Li continues to have nightmares about his family and the consequences of his actions. Li and Elizabeth's relationship deteri