Kitty grumps into Kevin's office and asks what he wants. "Oh, what, no scotch this time?" he snips, and his assistant comes in to let him know that "Daniel Cole is here." Awwww yeah. Kitty's confused; Kevin, shrugging on his suit coat, tells her to sit down. Enter Cole, to whom Kevin introduces himself as "ad hoc counsel to Senator McCallister on this matter." Cole, unaware that he's about to be kicked for the extra point, seats himself and says smugly that he's listening. Kevin says they'll proceed on Cole's terms; Kitty is still confused, but for once keeps quiet, and Cole asks how that will work. Well, Kevin explains, they can't just cut him a check, obviously, because of the paper trail, and they can't turn around a cash withdrawal that quickly. Cole's fine with that; he's kept quiet for sixteen years, so what's one more day? Kevin's all, yeah, about that -- by the time we get you the money, "you'll be back in jail." I believe Cole just, as the kids say, got served. Cole starts to look flustered as Kevin's like, well, not "jail" exactly so much as "an intermediate step back to prison," and Kevin's assistant comes in with a cart piled high with files and asks Cole, "Is this you?" Hee. "Court records and Google, the gifts that just keep on giving," Kevin says, obviously enjoying himself, and Cole thinks he'll just leave now, but he doesn't get much further than standing up, because Kevin's listing the myriad ways in which Cole is sketchy -- a half-sister that Cole's kids don't know about (an experience that Kevin describes from recent personal experience as "a real joy" -- hee), failure to pay child support that Cole's P.O. doesn't know about, ditto the attempted extortion of a U.S. senator -- and tells Cole to sit back down, which Cole does. Kevin rewrites the plan for him: Cole gets it together and keeps his mouth shut, and the files will stay in Kevin's cabinet, but "if Wolf Blitzer so much as blinks as Senator McCallister, all bets are off." Cole knows he's beat. Kevin thinks now's the part where Cole leaves. Cole looks like he ate a moth, and gets up, but stops at the door: "Just because you stopped me from telling people, doesn't mean it's not the truth. The senator's a fraud." Kitty, who had been glaring at him icily, looks away. Kevin's been saving this line: "I hear talking? I don't see walking." Hee. Cole leaves, and Kevin's face falls a little bit; Kitty stares into the middle distance glumly.
Nora comes into the kitchen; on the island, she sees two little teddy bears, picks them up, and starts bawling. Only a few seconds later, Rebecca lurks into the frame carrying a bunch of bags and apologizes, something about not knowing Nora was there, she put the kettle on and then left... ? It's a set-up for the tea ceremony in a few minutes, but it doesn't make sense, quite. The whole ep is like that, really: lovely, naturalistic, simply written and gorgeously acted scenes, but also a bunch of clunky transitions and weird Winchester-House lines that don't go anywhere. It's like the less intense bits didn't get quality-controlled as closely because the focus wasn't there. Anyway: Nora reassures her that it's fine, really: "It's not like you're... standing there with a meat cleaver. ... You're not, are you?" Rebecca shows her hands. Hee. "That's a relief," Nora says. Which is maybe sort of telling. Nora asks if she's going somewhere; Rebecca puts her things down and says she heard about Julia from Holly, and she figured Nora didn't need Rebecca in her hair. Nora doesn't contradict this. Rebecca asks if she's okay. Nora, red-eyed, her face trembling, says bravely that she's fine; when Rebecca asks about the babies, Nora takes a short breath to hold the wave back and says firmly, "They're hanging in there." Field is just amazing here. The kettle whistles, and Rebecca offers Nora some tea. She's muddling the leaves in a bowl and talking about how it isn't the tea, it's the ritual, and Nora listens without really listening and lets herself be comforted. Rebecca goes on about the Japanese tea form, which she isn't really doing right, and offers the bowl to Nora, saying that first she takes a sip, and then it's Nora's turn. Nora's paying closer attention now, and she accepts the bowl, sips, and hands it back: "Your turn." After a moment, she says Rebecca doesn't have to answer if she doesn't want to, then half-asks what happened in Chicago. Rebecca assumes Holly said something to her, which Nora denies, saying Holly was "just concerned," but she asks if something bad happened to Rebecca there. Rebecca looks at her and seems about to answer, but then looks down and says something not entirely relevant about her relationship with her mother and how it makes the Walkers look "like the Brady Bunch." Nora peers at her, pulls an "I'll probably regret this, but what the hell" face, and tells Rebecca she doesn't have to leave; when Nora told her she's welcome there like family, she meant it, "without condition," and she hands the bowl back to Rebecca. Rebecca looks a little guilty, then pleased.