At her home, Kitty sits in a chair looking wrought and trying to get the words out about her diagnosis. The camera pulls back and we see that she is just practicing her speech on an empty chair. The front door opens and The Senator walks in looking aggravated. He throws his stuff down as Kitty explains that Evan is at her mom's. The Senator looks grateful and then faces Kitty and asks her to give it to him straight: How bad is it. Kitty is startled. Then she realizes that The Senator must have talked to Nora. The Senator says Nora is the one person he hasn't talked to today, but he needs Kitty to be straight with him because no one is telling him the truth. Kitty is completely confused at this point and is risking future Botox injections by wrinkling her brow. After a few more back and forths, Kitty realizes he is talking about the heart attack and is shocked that Kern leaked it. The Senator glares at her. This has been breaking news, it's all over the place, and she knew he was having a rough day and didn't even call him. She swears there is a good reason she didn't know and then, in a moment that will probably haunt him for the rest of his life and increase the price tag on all future birthday gifts, he barks at her: For someone who wants this marriage to work you're not showing it. He then leaves her alone to go take a phone call from a top donor. Leaving Kitty to look really really sad. Don't worry Kitty, as soon as you tell him your "I have cancer" punchline, he is going to feel like a total dick. Probably forever.
Kevin has managed to lure Scotty into his baby trap and while Evan and Scotty form a lifelong bond, Nora makes the coffee. She can't believe that The Senator's quiet day at the office was jinxed by Kevin's inability to knock on wood. Now Kitty and The Senator will never be able to talk about...something. Kevin is just about to grill her on that when Scotty comes back sans Evan but with the gossip that Gov. Kern had an affair and it's all over the web. Kevin feigns surprise. Nora does a better job looking wowed that Scotty could get Evan to sleep so easily. Kevin titters that Scotty is a babywhisperer, but Scotty is fully aware of what Kevin is up to and doesn't let him push his baby agenda any further. Scotty hilariously gets his revenge by telling Nora that Kevin said she was complaining. She gets her dander up and Kevin is only spared the Wrath of Nora by the Wrath of The Senator. The Senator reaches through the phone, grabs Kevin by the ear and drags him to Santa Barbara. Leaving Scotty marooned at Nora's house.
Over at Ojai the B-team are burning the midnight oil. I still find it so strange that Holly, Saul, Ryan, and Rebecca make up the core of the Ojai "family" business. I wonder what William Walker would think of this arrangement? Oh, I guess Sarah is supposed to be leading the team, but her absence just accentuates the strangeness of the bunch. Anyway, it's the final face off between Ryan and Rebecca. Ryan pitches his idea first. He suggests that they strive to break even by selling the excess juice to a larger supplier leaving out the middle man and saving the 8%. Holly is unimpressed although Saul thinks 8% is nothing to scoff at. Saul, your finance background just does not give you the tools to understand these market conditions like Holly's vast experience as an...actress? Rebecca goes next. She wants to keep the extra juice, ferment it, and sell it off at a cheap price. Saul can't believe she would jeopardize the Ojai brand (or is it Walker Landing? The two seem completely intertwined at this point) with a low-quality product. Holly intervenes on Saul's rather heated rebuttal and Rebecca explains that she would create a new label for a third shelf offering with a screw cap. The screw cap suggestion gets Saul going again, but in my vast wine store experience, screw caps are becoming pretty common on decent wine. There's a cork shortage, you see. Holly asks Rebecca a few pointed questions but then gives her the green light. I can't tell whether we are supposed to be surprised that Holly gave Rebecca the win or whether we are supposed to see it as reinforcing the divisions in the company. At least Ryan doesn't bother trying to care.
Back at Walker Manor, Nora sits with her feet up and her laptop out while Scotty tends to Evan. Scotty wanders into the living room gushing about how adorable Evan looks curled up with his giraffe. (I thought stuffed animals were verboten for babies until they could fight back when all the little teddies and bunnies gang up and try to suffocate the baby for stealing all the love and attention.) Nora opines that Kevin is totally right and Scotty is baby daddy material. Scotty clues Nora in to his head where the self-hating voices run rampant. How can he be a good dad when he is like totally gay? Who is going to teach his son to bait a hook? Or catch a ball? Scotty, I have the perfect solution for you: Have a girl. Even the voices in your head have to agree that two gay men can totally raise a daughter. Although Rachel in Glee is sort of a cautionary tale. Anyway, my point, Scotty, is that no one living in LA needs to know how to bait a hook. And ball catching? Well, that's just dirty. Nora doesn't believe that Scotty lacks confidence or the ability to (heh) catch balls. She twists his arm until he 'fesses up. He and Kevin are too busy to have a kid right now. Kevin jumps whenever The Senator says jump and Scotty runs a kitchen so never sleeps and probably always sort of smells like French fries. Nora listens to him quietly and then encourages Scotty to talk to Kevin, because no matter how busy and frantic he is, she know that the moment he sees his child he will stop everything. As she talks about the joys of parenting, something (namely, Kitty's cancer) catches in her throat. She takes a breath and a gulp of wine. When Scotty asks, she assures him she is fine. She half smiles and tells Scotty that she knows he will make a great dad. Scotty sort of gulps like he is going to try really hard not to cry. It's a really sweet scene and you realize that despite her inability to host a dinner party without yelling at everyone and occasional serious lapses in basic social skills, Nora must be a pretty awesome mother in law.
In Santa Barbara, The Senator is pouring himself a stiff drink while Kevin tries to pretend it wasn't him who leaked the governor's dirty pictures. The Senator shoots him a look and Kevin gives up the pretense. Well he tries to sell one more line of bullshit, but the Senator glares at him and Kevin shrugs. Fine, he did it. He was trying to protect The Senator, besides, when The Senator said that Travis took it upon himself to play hardball, that was a clear invitation for Kevin to step up to the plate and bat it out of the park. The Senator admits he may have left that door open, but he relies on Kevin to be his moral compass. (Really?) Kitty comes in as the two men argue at top volume about who did what. Kitty kicks Kevin out. Kevin is confused but The Senator shrugs and tells him to go. When Kitty shuts the door, he gives her the old WTF? She looks him square in the face and says, "I have cancer." You can see the confusion on his face like he is trying to figure out if she is lying or diverting or wha...cancer? She continues in short well-practiced sentences: It's lymphoma. The bad kind. She's been to the oncologist twice. She has a bone marrow biopsy tomorrow. She doesn't want to talk. She is tearing up while she talks. But she really doesn't want to talk about it. She leaves The Senator staring as she walks out of the room. Goddammit, where's the tissue?
Holly calls Rebecca into her office in a panic. She demands to know where the accounting documents are. Rebecca was the last one to have them and they aren't in her desk. Rebecca is confused and defensive because she definitely put the papers back in Holly's desk. As Holly