The Senator's competition for the Republican gubernatorial nomination outs his heart attack and the campaign threatens to go dirty. Luckily The Senator has the dirty pictures that could reveal Governor Kern's hypocrisy, but he doesn't want to play that sort of politics. Luckily for him, Kevin has no such compunction. He leaks the pictures of the governor in flagrante tequila to the fake Perez Hilton.
While Justin is busy studying, Rebecca looks for an outlet for her time and energy. Ojai is hemorrhaging money again, but this time it's due to the flailing luxury market, not Walker embezzlement. Er… maybe half-Walker embezzlement. Rebecca's boredom leads her into a supposedly friendly competition with (gah) Ryan. Saul is firmly rooting for Ryan while Holly obviously is vying for Rebecca. Just, please, wherever this goes, please don't let Ryan and Rebecca end up tonguing each other.
But the real story this week is Kitty. She takes Nora to the doctor and receives the bad news that she has non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Nora offers to take Evan for the night so Kitty can talk to The Senator about it and they can process the news together. But The Senator is so distracted with his campaign in crisis that all he notices is that Kitty didn't call to offer her support. When The Senator and Kevin are arguing about political ethics, Kitty kicks Kevin and out and bluntly announces to The Senator that she has cancer. She doesn't want to talk about it though and leaves The Senator speechless and alone. He gives her some time to herself, and then they (finally) talk. Tears are shed, fidelity sworn. When Kitty has her appointment with a biopsy needle, The Senator is right there with her, holding her hand.
In addition to the turmoil of the campaign, Kevin and Scotty are still trying to come to a consensus on the whole baby thing. Kevin keeps arranging baby encounters for Scotty, but it's Nora's heartfelt assurance that Scotty would be a great dad that seems to tip the balance in favor of breeding.
Nora stakes out Saul's favorite walking path. She apologizes for snapping at him for blathering about Ojai when she is distracted and worried about Kitty. In a truly heart-wrenching scene Sally Field justifies her frequent Emmy nominations as she tells Saul about Kitty's still-secret illness. Tears were shed (mine).
Oh, and Sarah is still "in Paris." Ryan, sadly, is not .
Kitty sits in her sumptuously-appointed living room rocking her adorable baby back and forth and making the call that could change it all. In my experience making potentially life altering phone calls with the baby in your lap is a recipe for the kid to start hollering, lunge for the phone, hit a unique series of buttons that simultaneously locks the phone and dials Mumbai. But she is a new mother with an incredibly ungrabby baby. She rocks Evan and holds him tight as she asks for an appointment with the doctor and anxiously asks if her test results were back yet. The receptionist won't tell her anything and as The Senator comes back from his run ("Hey, sweaty Senator, need help in the shower?" --Alec Baldwin) Kitty quickly gets off the phone. Kitty tries to act natural, but The Senator has his own distractions. Kevin called while he was out (I guess it's a good thing for a man with a heart condition to carry a cell phone when he jogs; even if it does cut down on wind resistance, at least he can call 911 himself) and Governor Kern knows about his heart attack. The Senator gets a little snippy when Kitty sort of shrugs it off, because it's a campaign and shit happens, right? He reminds Kitty of her glorious pundity past and asks her to remember how she would have spun it. He hypothesizes it will go something like, Senator McCallister lied about his heart attack, obviously he is a secret Democrat and a communist sympathizer who wants us to go to war with Peru. Peru, people! Glenn Beck would be foaming at the mouth. The Senator knows they will try to spin it that he will drop dead at any second and Kitty talks at cross purposes and promises that no one is dropping dead any time soon. The Senator gives her an almost dirty look at her nonchalance in the face of dirty politics, so Kitty tries to get her pundit mojo back, but then shrugs, kisses her baby and asks him what he is going to do. The Senator has gotten the governor to agree to a meeting and since she hasn't actually done anything with her illicitly obtained information, he is hoping for détente if nothing else. This is how I imagine all campaigns go. Like Dukakis knows all sorts of sordid shit about Bush, but Bush knows that Dukakis once did a keg stand at a fifteen-year old girl's birthday party. The Senator regrets ever having lied about his heart attack. He looks wistful and Kitty seizes the opportunity to mention that she was just calling the doctor and...The Senator cuts her off because he thought Evan was okay. Kitty chickens out on her confession, smiles, says Evan is fine and hands him off to his daddy. His really sweaty daddy.