After the break, Sarah is at home, packing the kids' things and no doubt feeling maudlin. She answers the door to find Nora, who is refreshingly together and unemotional and ready to help pack. I love these moments when Nora just decides to be a marble pillar for someone else. 90% of the time she's a mess, but that makes the 10% that much cooler to see.
McCallister Central. Robert and Kitty have assembled the campaign staffers together, and Kitty actually gets to be the one to announce her own pregnancy, which is nice. Robert acknowledges that this is going to be an issue in the campaign, and taht it might end up costing them, but he doesn't care. I don't think this would be nearly the SCANDALE Robert and Kitty are making it out to be, but I've been unpleasantly surprised by the political process before. Kitty then plunges into the politics of it, deploying staffers to do research and otherwise being a model worker.
Back at Sarah's, Joe shows up, and Nora greets him with a "...Joe" that isn't so much cold as possessing a silent "I am so disappointed in you." He looks a smidge chastened, but he brightens up when he sees the kids. The thing is, he loves his kids, he's not a bad dad, and there's nothing saying that he shouldn't get custody because he's a dad and not a mom, but on the other hand: it's Joe. Fuck him. Nora works overtime to distract the kids from seeing the devastated look on their mother's face as she hands her children off. She hugs Cooper goodbye, and then has to go retrieve Paige from her room. Paige is apprehensive about leaving, but Sarah convinces her that things are going to be fine. But what really does the trick is the pink cell phone she gives her, which Paige can use to call Sarah at any time. Except during school! She'll totally get detention. I also appreciate how Sarah is getting a jump on the customary post-divorce "buy your children's love" phase.
Back downstairs, Joe grabs the last few bags, and then turns to face the disapproving visage of Nora Walker. "They'll be taken care of," says Joe, trying for respectful assurance. "They've always been," Nora sternly volleys back. Score one for the mother-in-law. Joe flees, and Paige and Cooper join him. Once they're out the door, Nora's face of steel melts into a mask of concern, and she joins Sarah on the staircase for a good, healthy cry.