Sanctum Stevenorium. He receives a visit from Meredith, who gives him a little speech about how she used to be viewed as "odd," especially because of the hook, but now: "I feel I've been more accepted. Even by you. And now that our children are dating, I would just ask that you be as open-minded with him as you have been with me." Steven says okay. Then she adds, "Well, I was hoping that we could all have dinner. Just the four of us. Get to know each other as a family unit." Um. One kiss. This morning. Steven wisely points out that he doesn't think the kids would like that, but Meredith says they should still try. She also says, "Normally, the idea of my son being involved in an interracial relationship would cause my veins to shrivel. I don't believe in them. But because it's Brooke, and your daughter, I'm open to it! I think you're both wonderful people!" Steven, kind of shell-shocked, says "thank you" again.
In the computer cluster, Lauren and Marla are looking at this so-called "helpful" website. It's full of pictures of disgustingly skinny people, and tips on how to trick your parents into thinking that you're eating when you're not. But what's confusing is that the pictures are really disturbing, and it's difficult to conceive of people striving to look that way in particular, all rib-exposed and whatnot. Lauren explains that images like these can cause people trying to overcome anorexia to "trigger." Marla asks if Lauren knows who made the website, and Lauren says she's got a pretty good idea. Please be Cheryl Holt, please be Cheryl Holt, please be Cheryl Holt…
"Your resignation?" Steven is, apparently, incredulous to find himself holding Harry's resignation in his hand. Scott is there, too, looking less surprised. Harry explains that he just can't do it anymore. "I always said that when the day came that I thought I was a liability to you, I'd quit. And…that day is here." Steven suggests that this might, perhaps, in some small way, have some small relationship to the death of Max, but Harry doesn't seem to think so. So, while Scott makes subtle calming gestures that go unnoticed, Steven gets kind of belligerent, reminding Harry that it's the middle of the semester, that he has a contract, and that he'll haul Harry's ass into court, "if for no other reason than to make an example." Harry tells him to go ahead and do it, and leaves. Scott's all, "You're normally quite good in these situations, that was unimpressive. I think you're distracted by the idea of Brooke dating Jeremy." Oh, yes, that's the other storyline today. Thank you for reminding us.
Lauren has tracked down the culprit behind the website, and I'm sad to say that it's not Cheryl Holt. Rather, it is a girl so angular and skinny that she is nigh unto two-dimensional. I'm serious. In the profile two-shots, she's invisible and Lauren is talking to nobody. "My website is not for everyone," says Waif Against The Machine. "That's why it has a warning. It tells people who are in recovery not to enter it. It's only for people who are pro-ano." Apparently, she's referring to those who understand that anorexia is a lifestyle, not a disease. Lauren points out that it's a lifestyle with the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition. "Could you look at me, please?" she says, taking a page from the Guber Confrontational Handbook. "You sound like Guber," says Paper Tiger, stealing my joke. Anyway, this girl is all annoyed that people who don't share the pro-ano lifestyle never understand. Lauren watches her walk away, thinking, "I wish my butt were that small." Then she says, "I used to be anorexic." That sound you hear is thousands and thousands of Americans not gasping, all at once. "I struggled with it for almost two years in college. I know all the tricks. The pennies. The cotton balls. I know that you control what you eat because you don't feel like there's anything else you can control. I know that your eating disorder is only a symptom of deeper problems. I know that you're hurting, and that you need help." But Waif Against The Machine insists that she's thin because she wants to be, and she's not shutting down her website. Um…how is it that there's not a huge public outcry about it already? But oh well.