Grandpa (Alan Arkin) dies of a drug overdose. Richard's (Greg Kinnear) book deal collapses. Dwayne (Paul Dano) is colorblind, so he can't become a jet-fighter pilot; when he finds out, he begins talking again. Frank (Steve Carell) decides that life is worth living, because there's no wisdom without suffering. And 7-year-old Olive, after a disastrous burlesque striptease to Rick James' "Superfreak" (with moves courtesy of the late grandpa), loses the Little Miss Sunshine contest and is barred from competing in any other beauty contest in California every again. The movie ends with the family, giddy and giggling from their two-day adventure, driving home to Arizona.