At the Maison Derriere, Gillian is unhappy with the gaggle of escorts lounging about and not making any money. She's also maybe a little drunk? She tells them to get out in front of the house and start selling, even though they say she's told them not to do that before. To hell with the finer things, Mama's got money to make. Gillian then sits down to write a letter to her "dearest James," partly as a Step 1 to proving that he's actually dead and partly as a sad exercise in loneliness. "Life is nothing without you," she writes. "And there is no one who understands me." She begs him to come home, knowing he won't. Sad.
At St. Theresa's, Margaret is waiting for class to begin. Dr. Mason isn't there yet, and, as Sister Mary Euphemism is all too eager to point out, they've gone from six women in the class down to five. Margaret says they'll wait a bit longer; "we don't all have your rigor, Sister." Sister Euphemism rather haughtily says we are usually prompt for the things we care about. One of the ladies in the class, God bless her, speaks up and says that the hour of the class makes it not ideal for a housewife. At Margaret's prompting, the other women chime in to say that mid-mornings would be best, after breakfast and before the kids return from school. Margaret jots this down, though Sister Euphemism throws a bucket of cold water, saying that doesn't really suit her schedule. If Margaret's ever going to use her connections to Nucky to have a nun killed, this WOULD be the season. A nurse comes to the door and tells Margaret that Dr. Mason is needed in the ward and doesn't know when he'll be able to join the class, so Margaret gathers herself and decides to teach today's lesson on her own. The ladies in the class seem unsure, and Sister Mary Euphemism is practically aghast that a regular ol' woman could presume to teach such things. But Margaret's like, "We have our book and our chart and ourselves." Sister Euphemism says this is not what was agreed to. Margaret's like, "Yeah, today's been like that in a lot of ways." She begins the lesson by saying that last time they discussed conception, while this time they will learn about "development: how a human being grows." Okay! Theme delivered!