His attitude and drug problems cause him to become unfaithful to Edith.
Dewey’s father then returns to inform Dewey that Dewey’s mother has died.
Dewey accepts that it is time to focus on spending time with his numerous children. Dewey talks to Darlene about what he has done since they last met.
After finally understanding what is most important to him, Dewey regains his sense of smell.
The band does not appreciate his insane style of music and his continuous abuse of the others in the group.
As a result, the band breaks up; Darlene is also unable to deal with Dewey’s insanity and drug problems and leaves him.
Dewey goes through another stay in rehab, where he is visited by Nate’s ghost.
Nate ridicules Dewey’s self-pity and tells him to start writing songs again.
The trauma causes Dewey to lose his sense of smell – “you’ve gone smell blind,” states Dewey’s mother.
They soon marry and have a baby; Edith begins to criticize Dewey and insist that his dream of being a musician will never happen.
While working at an all-African American nightclub, Dewey gets a break when he replaces singer Bobby Shad at the last minute, much to the delight of the Hasidic Jewish record executives attending the show.
Dewey then is brought to the studio where he is interrupted while recording a rockabilly rendition of “That’s Amore”.
The recording executive berates Dewey as talentless.