On February 24, 1989, Sylvia sat at the dinner table with her daughter as her son banged his head against a dollhouse. Frustrated, she told the maid to explain to Johnny that his tutor, Laura Palmer would not be coming to work with him, for she was murdered the night before.
The next day, she argued with her husband about their son.
A month later, Sylvia went to the Hayward home and became upset that Ben had re-opened the wounds of his affair with Eileen Hayward from years ago. Will Hayward punched Ben, causing him to slam his head into the fireplace.