At HQ, there's a new espresso machine, sent by Skylar, but nobody can figure out how to use it. Except Nina, who figures out that it's voice-activated and orders her drink verbally like it's a Star Trek replicator. As Nina flounces off with her fresh, hot beverage just the way she likes it, Rachel wonders if it can give her advice on men, which reminds Gary of a joke Bill made about Rachel liking her coffee and men the same way. Fortunately Rachel leaves in a snit before Gary can remember the punchline.
At Bill's house, his wife opens a package addressed to Bill that turns out to contain a book about fatherhood. Apparently ordering books is his way of breaking the news to the missus. "I'm not promising anything," he says, leaving the room. She smiles anyway, because that's about as close as he ever gets to being nice to her.
And Skylar drives Zoe through the countryside, accompanied by a bee that flies along behind, in front of and over their car. It opens up in midair, either scanning the horizon for pursuers or, one hopes, telling the owner of the still-stolen Volvo where to find his car already.
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