Lianna is the young wife of a film studies professor at a small college. She used to be his student; they had an affair and now have been married several years, much of it unhappily. Dick still sleeps with his students, and takes no pains to hide it from Lianna. They have two children now, and they live on campus in a house provided by the school. Lianna desires more fulfillment in her life, so she starts taking a night school course, with little support from Dick. She soon has an affair with her professor, who happens to be a woman. In this scene, Lianna and Dick have just come back from a faculty party. Dick has been out of town at a film festival.