Nora is staring in a mirror and smooshing her face in dismay and going on and on about how ugly and old she looks. Sarah is just letting her go on and on and not even pretending to talk her out of it or make her feel better. Seriously, not a single, "Mom, you look great!" or "Mom, you're way more attractive than most people your age!" She just lets Nora talk about her saggy eyelids and droopy neck while she flips through a catalogue of the good doctor's greatest work. They both pause to admire the boob lifts and then talk about their breasts, Kitty's breasts, and the difference between "champagne glasses" and "jugs" and not once does Sarah express any discomfort about talking about boobs with her mom. I mean, I know the Walkers have very open conversations and no boundaries, but really Sarah? You have no problem talking about your mom's boobs? Oooooohkay. Nora stands up to more properly rend her clothing in dismay about the whole aging thing and how she really misses having men ogle her on the street because THAT IS THE ENTIRE POINT OF BEING A WOMAN. Oh for fuck's sake. Can this storyline die already so I can go read some Naomi Wolf and cry for a while? Also, I feel the need to point out that plastic surgery is REALLY expensive and Nora has a secret job because as she so memorably said, "Things have been tight." And Sarah is unemployed and living off of Luc. So where are they getting the money for these procedures? Is this what the family trust is for? Whatever.
Back in Ojai, the plumber has his shirt back on and is sitting in the living room listening to Kevin's literal and figurative fish tale about catching a catfish and having good old Leslie fry it up instead of, say, getting back to his day job. Jack heads off to use the washroom and Kitty and Kevin round on each other. Kitty feebly explains that Jack the Plumber hates politicians and strangely didn't recognize his senator's wife and she just went with it because she is tired of being herself. Kevin points out that the plumber is also smoking hot, but Kitty pretends that she hadn't noticed because if you remember, she just buried her husband. She doesn't look overwhelmingly troubled by this memory. Kevin nods that he remembers the whole "Senator" thing but Kitty is alive and well and has a hunky plumber in her bathroom. Clearly she should just strip off her clothes and have him explain plumber's caulk. Jack the Plumber returns, but before he can head back to work, Kevin has to pimp his recently widowed sister for dinner that night. Jack agrees and Kitty decides to make a soufflé. When will she remember she stuffed Evan in the closet? Or that it's her sister's birthday party?
Justin is angrily re-painting his apartment when Saul stops by for his bi-monthly appearance. They are late to Sarah's party, but Justin begs for five more minutes of painting. Saul tries to get him to talk about the sudden need to re-decorate. Was he watching HGTV again? That new Nate Berkus show is so inspiring. Justin rolls his eyes and explains that Rebecca stopped by and wouldn't come inside the house and he can only assume it is because the walls were turquoise. Now they are as gray as his mood. Or they will be if Saul lets him keep painting. Saul kindly explains that Rebecca was probably scared when Justin went off to war and no matter how many hours of Army Wives she watched she was still scared. Justin understands, but he's back and he's changed and he wants another chance and she won't give him one. Saul shrugs that some day Rebecca will be a distant memory much like the fugly wall color she picked out.
Speaking of Rebecca, she sits in Holly and David's living room waiting for Holly. She is nervous, but David assures her that Holly has been asking about her every day this week. He admits that he's not sure whether it is because Holly is starting to remember her or if she is just remembering what they told her. Rebecca worries her lip as she points out that it is a big difference. David reminds her that they can always build new memories starting now. Just then Holly walks in and greets Rebecca. They stare at each other nervously. This scenario could be so heart breaking except for the fact that it seems so incredibly soap operatic and irredeemably unlikely. I mean, Holly has lost ONLY her memories of Rebecca? I don't buy it. So, whatever.
The only redeeming thing about Sarah's surprise birthday party is that we were spared the indignity of having Nora, Scotty, and Kevin jump out and yell, "Surprise!" while Sarah faked surprise. Instead we join the dinner between courses as Kevin apologizes that Kitty couldn't make it due to
getting being busy up in Ojai. Scotty excuses himself to go get the next course and asks Luc to assist him in the kitchen because they don't have sous chefs or waiters? Who asks the dinner guests AT A RESTAURANT to help clear? As Luc leaves, Sarah chugs wine as Kevin and Nora tease her about lying to Luc. Kitty interrupts the dinner party to yell at Kevin (good thing she caught them between courses otherwise it would have been rude) about pimping her out to a plumber and forcing her to make a soufflé. Kevin reminds her that she is an attractive woman with plumbing needs and every plumber loves soufflé. When Nora hears the word "soufflé" she grabs the phone and starts giving Kitty directions. Then Sarah starts telling Kevin about their trip to the plastic surgeon's office (which we sadly didn't get to see so I will just have to pretend it was exactly like an episode of Nip/Tuck) and Kevin excitedly says he wants to get his eyes done and Sarah starts poking at his face.
Nora suddenly realizes what they are talking about and starts sniping at Sarah about spilling her secret and then Kitty wants to know the secret and Nora distracts her by telling her to take the damn soufflé out of the oven. The soufflé is beautiful and Kitty is crowing in excitement ...and then the sad trombone plays and Kitty's soufflé falls. Then Jack the Plumber shows up early and Kitty is covered in flower and her soufflé is a black hole of sorrow and Nora is screeching, "Kitty! Kitty?" on the phone and Jack laughs and asks if she is okay. Kitty is about to pretend that she is okay and then gives it up and has a classic Walker meltdown. She makes an angry accusatory confession that she doesn't live in Ojai, she's a renter from the city, she's a politician, and her name is Kitty Walker McCallister and she can't make a soufflé. She's sorry she mislead him. He says something snide about it being a classic politician move, but says it sort of good naturedly considering this crazy lady just lied about everything to him and then started yelling at him and then Kitty asks him to leave. And he goes. Oh Kitty. This is why you can't have nice things. Like hunky plumbers.
At the restaurant Sarah is apologizing to Nora for telling Kevin about the family's newfound interest in plastic surgery, but Nora is being mature ...and not talking to Sarah. As in ignoring her when being directly addressed by her. So Sarah starts yelling about plastic surgery and Nora begs her to keep her voice down. Sarah claims she is not trying to be insensitive about something that Nora feels so sensitive about. It's just that EVERYBODY is doing it. Nora explains that it's all fine when Sarah is fortysomething with an underwear model boyfriend, but Nora is as old as the hills, single, and looking for work or a husband, which ever comes first. She is embarrassed about being old in a country, state, county, and city filled with pretty young things angling for a spot on The Millionaire Matchmaker when she knows SHE could never get a shot at a date with a m