Back in Salt Lake City, Ronnie, Chris, Rex, and Josh have gone to a bar/club where girls in tiny underpants dance on tables. Josh giggles that this is what the inside of Ronnie's head looks like. The waitress tells the boys that one of the dancers up there used to be with Ballet West ("until her C cups caused a boy dancer to faint dead away in the middle of a pas de deux," she doesn't add). Josh is just scandalized by the booty-shaking girls. And imagine how freaked out Ian would be, surrounded by scantily clad ladies and his boss-slash-man crush.
A little later, Ronnie has drawn the dancers over to their table, and one of them is rambling something about how she had a crush on Chris when she was eight years old? Poor Chris is like, great, now I feel old AND like a pervert. One of the other dancers rubs her ass on Ronnie's face, and he just feels so much better about his whole situation. The wide shot of Ronnie, with a dancer grinding on him, in the middle of an otherwise empty dance floor, is almost poetic in its tragedy.
Detroit. Allison makes food in the microwave; Dread Boyfriend comes home from the hospital and brings her flowers. They eat, and it appears that Allison might be a terrible cook. I mean, there's a reason great chefs aren't built like ballet dancers. She hesitantly tells Dread Boyfriend about her promotion and he says it's awesome, but he's not jumping up and kissing her and shouting his triumph (although that could've been edited out).
He asks what this means for their relationship, as they've already been doing the long-distance thing for six years (uh…weren't they broken up? Did Dread Boyfriend know about Rex? I mean, obviously he does now) and he can't move to join her, since he has three and a half years of residency left. Allison relates her meeting with Adam, and how much she still loves dancing—but not as much as she loves Dread Boyfriend, she tacks on. She really wants him to see her dance, but adds in a talking head that he has refused to visit and see one of her shows because he doesn't want to see her with Rex. Trying to figure out their timeline makes my face hurt.
Dread Boyfriend wants Allison to come to Detroit and be his wife and have babies. She is under the impression that if he saw her dance, he'd want her to keep dancing. Ugh. There isn't really a way to make this work, unless the tectonic-plate shifting from 2012 happens and all of a sudden Detroit and Salt Lake City are next to each other. (And then I bet Dread Boyfriend would be like the husbands in last week's New York Times Magazine cover story, all "when she started valuing herself as a person I stopped loving her, because I am a selfish dickhole.") Allison swears that he'd be so proud of her if only he saw her dance, and he's such a weasel, I really think that wouldn't help.