Sarah is so horrified by her behavior that when she returns home she has a mental breakdown and enters some sort of fugue state. She retreats into life pre-BANGS when Luc was just a humble hungry artist and she was a working woman. In her fragile broken mind, she returns to the day when Luc told her that he got offered a job as an underwear model. In the past, he laughed about how silly it all was, but that one paycheck would be enough to keep him in oil paint and turpentine for a year. Young, naïve, BANGless Sarah had hugged him and thought it was a great idea. He hugged her and told her it would give them both freedom. Then they stared at his fugly sunset painting and held each other. Luc swears that he will be finished with the painting any day now and it will be something. Something ugly, clearly, but still something. In the present, Sarah and her BANGS and her fragile mental state stare at the still unfinished painting.
Dr. Alex is offering some folksy aphorisms along with her solid advice and promoting her book, while Nora sits in the corner growing ever more glum. And no one wants to get parenting advice from Eeyore. Kitty calls Kevin demanding to know where their mother is. So Kevin tells her. Shockingly the next call is from Katherine in Pasadena. Nora perks up. Katherine explains that she recently lost her husband, but she met another man. Nora tries to control her enthusiasm and lets Kitty continue. When things got too intimate, Kitty panicked. She couldn't do it (you know "it") and she fled. Now she is worried the Hoover Dam is permanently closed and she will never be able to be with another man again. Nora starts to answer, but Dr. Alex swoops in with her statistics. Remember last week when Sarah forgot who SHE was and then in the last scene schooled the bitchy wives on their lack of manners and then went home to naked co-parenting with Luc? This is what happens to Nora now. She remembers that she packed her backbone in her purse, straps it on and takes the call back from Dr. Alex, because statistics can't hold your hand at night or keep you company at breakfast. She has lost a husband knows how hard this is. She tells the caller, "Katherine," to grieve and move forward and how we handle those losses is how we move on. Kevin calls Justin to tell him that their mom is on the radio and he should tune in. Um...hasn't she been on the radio for three hours now? And why does Justin sound surprised? Nora told him she was going to the radio station this morning.
Justin tunes in and listens to the sage advice Nora is doling out to Kitty, "Just listen to yourself. You'll know what's right. You'll know when it's time to move on." Justin thinks she is speaking directly to him. He knows he is not ready to start another long-term relationship with the hottie from the shake stand. Heck, he's not even really interested in a re-bound with a girl with boundary issues. He drives off and ditches her, classy style.
The doorbell at Walker Manor rings while Kitty is on the air with her mother, but it doesn't matter because Nora has decided to return to a previous caller, this "Devin" from L.A. She points out that "Devin" does not want a womb, he wants a baby. He needs to get over his disappointment, man up, and have a child because if he doesn't he will regret it. If he doesn't want children, that's fine too, but he needs to figure out what he wants so he can choose his path ahead. Nora returns to "Katherine" because this advice is salient for her, too. But "Katherine" has to go, because Jack is stalking her and has followed her all the way to Pasadena and is standing on Nora's doorstep. Like many romantic gestures in movies and television, it's kind of cute, but also kind of creepy.
Jack wants to explain himself to Kitty. He thinks they have more in common than she realizes and maybe "it" could work between them. (If you put "it" in quotes it sounds dirty. Seriously, works every time.) Jack explains that before he moved to Ojai to become a carpenter (like Jesus) he had a house on Mulholland Drive, was a successful investment banker, worked in a downtown office, and wore actual clothing, not just flannel from the Grizzly Adams Grunge Depot. Kitty looks surprised that she was going to make out with some unknown investment banker. She coulda gotten herpes! Or free investment advice! Jack thinks they aren't as different as she thinks they are. So they kiss. I guess Kitty listened to her mom.
Sarah is sitting on the couch in Luc's studio drinking wine, looking at the picnic of shame she has set out for her and Luc to share. If he ever returns to the house of distrust and embarrassment, that is. She looks to be about halfway through a bottle of wine, so she is well prepared to face her abandonment or her inebriation. Luc comes in not looking in the least bit angry despite the fact that her stupidity and jealousy made him look like an ass. Sarah apologizes and Luc accepts her apology. Then he sees her picnic, which was the romantic evening she had planned that was meant to re-create their first date. Luc thinks it is nice, but Sarah's not done. She has to figure out a way to make this whole thing Luc's fault. If Luc wants his life to be nothing but parties and Hollywood nightclubs, she's not up for it. She knows that some day a cocktail waitress will make him an offer he can't refuse and it won't be for another gin and juice. Luc swears it is not true, but Sarah continues. When was the last time he picked up a paintbrush? Luc can't remember it. Sarah thinks he gave up that passion so easily and he might give her up, too. Luc goes to fetch something to disprove her. It's a diamond ring. He bought it with his first underwear paycheck but didn't give it to her because he was afraid marrying an underwear model wasn't high on her list of priorities. Um, marrying a hot and successful underwear model is on every practicing cougar's list of priorities. Duh. He promises to return to a life of quiet painting if she will marry him. She says yes. Then they make out. So there you have it ladies. Act like a crazy jealous lady who has no qualms about accusing your partner of cheating on you during a business meeting and get rewarded with diamonds. DIAMONDS!!
Nora is bidding farewell to the radio station because obviously she has not succeeded in getting the job. Clearly Dr. Alex with her butter-drenched Southern charms, radio skills, PhD, and massive body of work will be the better candidate, right? Right? WRONG. The producer comes in to tell her the good news. They loved her honesty, the way she talked to the callers like they were her own children, and the fact that she was a LOT cheaper than Dr. Alex. At last! Something factual about public radio! Dr. Alex comes in to "congratulate" Nora in the most undermining way possible. She knows that Nora had her own children call in and Nora admits it is true, but that is what her family does in times of trouble: They help each other out. Surely, Dr. Alex's children would help her out, too, right? Dr. Alex harrumphs and Nora cocks her head quizzically. But no, it's true. Dr. Alex's children don't have time to call in to radio shows on her behalf, or read her books or call her, ever. Nora is stunned. She sits down and gives Dr. Alex the advice to stalk her children into submission. Dr. Alex likes it.
Kevin sneaks into the restaurant and finds Scotty waiting up for him. Scotty tsk tsks that Kevin was supposed to try and get to bed early tonight. Kevin shrugs and says they need to talk. He got some awesome advice from his mom today (Scotty tries not to roll his eyes) and he is ready for children. But he doesn't want to try surrogacy again. No, because of the work he has been doing, he knows there are so many abandoned children in the world, children who need their help. He wants to adopt. Now is the right time. So, what does Scotty think? Scotty gets all teary eyed and admits that he is scared. Kevin says that according to his mom, they shouldn't be scared. They should embrace parenthood. Scotty is really tearing up and manages to blurt out that he's not scared, but the