As he's leaving the CamBoudoir, Eric feigns screaming. Ruthie catches him at it, and she's just about as amused as I am. At least I'm not wearing an ugly white sweatshirt with pictures of horses' heads on it, though. I wonder if the back of the sweatshirt has horses' asses on it.
Speaking of which, Lucy is playing a flirty game of pool with her new friend, Hugh Jass. Robbie's watching them morosely from the bar. When the bartender asks who Lucy's new boyfriend is, Robbie goes off into a long speech about how it was time for Lucy to start dating again, and that it wasn't right for Lucy to be spending all her time with Robbie. He says it's time for her to move on. The bartender says, "I guess it's just not time for you to move on, huh?" No, and we all saw this storyline coming decades ago, so let's not waste any more time on this grand revelation, please.
Back East, in "New York," Mary is talking to her new best friend and confidante, George. He's trying to cheer her up about how poorly she's doing in her firefighter training course. He waxes inspirational with, "You were willing to sacrifice anything so you could become a firefighter. Face it -- you love it. It's the perfect job for you." Excuse me? Has George been watching the same series the rest of us have? Mary casually decided to become a firefighter when she found out she was too young to be a police officer, so I'm not sure just how the "sacrifice" part got in there. George thinks he knows it all, though. He continues by insulting Mary's boyfriend: "Wilson thinks the perfect job for you is taking care of him and Billy." I'm sure that was appreciated. And just in case he hasn't made enough of an ass of himself yet, George tells Mary that she's not being fair to Billy by being just Wilson's girlfriend and not his wife. George seems to think that single parents shouldn't date. Why is that? Because his mother used to date, and whenever she brought home a new boyfriend, George would think this was going to be his new father. He continues, "And when [the boyfriends] left, which they all did, I got my heart broken over and over again." That is one of the most fucking brainless things I have ever heard. I'm sorry George was stupid enough to believe that about each new boyfriend of his mother's, and it sounds like his mother didn't handle these situations as well as she could have, but to listen to George spew his twisted views on life, you'd think every single parent should just leech onto the first available spousal candidate and hold on for life. George throws out some more twaddle about a woman's place in society: "You want to be a firefighter, not a stay-at-home mom. It's not fair to Billy to let him think you're going to be something in his life that you're not going to be." Who said anything about Mary being a stay-at-home mom? Isn't George the one who's assuming that? When Mary asks why she can't be both a firefighter and a mom, George says, "You have to decide what's more important to you: being a firefighter or taking care of Wilson and Billy." I sincerely hope George is planning to drive over to Wilson's place next and let him know that he'll have to choose between being a father and having a job. No, I really, really do. Because if George doesn't do that, I'm going to get in my car, drive down to Buffalo, and implant my boot in his ass. You know, I may just have to do that anyway, because George annoys me that much.