Back with Kitty and Isaac, she's updating him on the salient points regarding Robert's swiftboat adventure: the co-pilot wanted to land the chopper and complete the rescue mission and be heroes, Robert wanted to chicken out, they ended up getting show down, co-pilot died, Robert was given (and willfully received) all the glory. "But once Robert was on the ground, he saved those men," Kitty stresses. But if it was up to Robert, Isaac gets Kitty to admit, they would have left the men to die. Of Kitty and Kevin's blackmailing of Sergeant Cole, Isaac says he would have done the same thing. She asks if this is something they can spin, and the fact that Isaac's like, "Better I use my shadowy, underhanded tactics to make sure it doesn't surface at all," kind of underscores how difficult spinning this is going to be. Kitty then starts to unspool, asking how she's supposed to marry Robert with this giant secret/sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. Isaac tells her to worry about getting married and let him worry about the politics. Then he opens the door to a hollering Sarah before she can make good on her threat to kick the door down. "No sense in ruining your shoes," Isaac says, embarking on his episode-long mission to charm all the Walker women.
Out in the reception area, Rebecca finds Lena looking distracted and depressed. She says it's weird seeing Tommy, then, barely covering for herself, adds that it's also weird seeing all the high-powered public figures and Secret Service agents and such. Rebecca takes one long look at her friend and begs her to say that Tommy isn't the mysterious "married guy" she's been talking about. Lena has no answer. I love that this doesn't even require Rebecca to be all that perceptive -- Lena won't shut up about dating a married guy, and Rebecca knows she's kind of a ho-bag. Anyway, Rebecca is speechless and can't believe Rebecca would fuck with her family like this (uh...literally). Lena doesn't have much of an answer, and when Julia runs by to spirit Rebecca away towards more bridesmaidenly duties, the conversation gets left hanging, much like Tommy and Julia's family dog is bound to be hanging dead by Lena's hand within two episodes. I'm going to keep predicting this until it happens.
Elsewhere, we see that while Marion Ross was either unable or unwilling to belly up to the guest-starring bar, Garry Marshall was shockingly available. The last time Garry and I crossed paths, it was kind of a disaster, but someone else is writing his lines this time, so it should be fine. He's standing with Robert and Robert's kids (did they re-cast the boy? I...don't care enough to make sure) when he spots Kevin coming towards them. "Oh no, not this putz," Garry groans. Oooh, the gossip does travel quickly from Malaysia these days. Kevin greets "Uncle Jack" nervously but pleasantly, asking if he can call him "Uncle Jack" since they're practically family. Garry's like, "Yeah...don't think so" and leads the kids away. Okay, but he's old and overcompensating for his generational homophobia by overzealously defending Jason, right? Robert should be much more levelhe-- oh look, I guess not. Kevin, sensing the chill in the room, simply gives Robert the customary brotherly "be good to my sister" speech, and Robert snottily returns, "Better than you were to my brother?" Okay...Lord knows I have been negative about Robert for a long time now. I don't like him and it's no secret. But that was really a dick move, was it not? I expect him to take his brother's side and everything, but he knows Jason never called Kevin from Malaysia, essentially cutting him off for what we'll assume was several weeks. He then ups the asshole ante by stating that Kevin dumped Jason while Jason was out "trying to make a difference in his life." So I guess Kevin's inferiority complex about being seen as lesser than Saint Jason of the Holy Homosexual wasn't exactly all in his head then, huh? Fuck off, McCallister. For real. Robert says they should keep things "cordial, for Kitty's sake," like Kevin actually murdered his brother instead of opting out of a relationship that Jason had already opted out of, and Kevin is left dumbstruck and feeling shitty. Good talk! ["Yeah, I tend to like Robert okay, and I still thought that was gross." -- Miss Alli]
Backstage, as it were, Sarah is readying Cooper and Paige for ring bearer/flower girl duties when Kitty walks in. Her dress is very simple and beautiful, but her hair looks idiotic. Like someone just dumped a pile of damp, semi-curled hair on top of her head. Lesson learned, Kitty: don't dismiss the professionals. Sarah sends the kids off with Rebecca and Julia to take their positions and then gives Kitty the once-over in the mirror. Kitty gets quiet and stares at the floor, and Sarah asks if she's okay. "I just wish dad were here," Kitty says sadly. That, I believe. Despite everything, of course Kitty wants him there. She then admits that she never ended up writing her vows, but Sarah just tells her to speak from her heart. That's a bad precedent for a potential First Lady to be setting, but it's not like she'd ever do something so reckless as to defame cookie-baking housewives, so I guess she's probably safe. Sarah heads off to get the ceremony started, and Kitty still looks unsure about something. I'm sure we'll see it explored in depth...after the commercials.