Nora hits the road in order to make the newest Walker family member feel like part of the family, but Ryan Lafferty is determined to play hard to get. After inviting Nora to visit him and tell him all about his daddy and his new brothers and sisters, Ryan changes his mind. I mean would you want to join that family? In a moment of weakness, he calls Nora to come hold his hand through a crying jag, but he still won't come to a Walker family dinner. Which just goes to show that he is one smart kid.
Meanwhile, Kevin warns The Senator that Kitty may look like Kitty and may be acting like Kitty but, much like the bomb sported in Debbie Harry's towering beehive original version of Hairspray, Kitty is actually a ticking time bomb ready to explode at any minute. While Kitty always seems ready to go postal, this time she's ticked off (heh) because of The Senator's impending gubernatorial campaign getting in the way of her child rearing ideals. Being Kitty and a communications mastermind, she decides to take out her anger in the national news. Which is sheer genius! Obviously she and The Senator make up before the paper goes to press, but not before The Senator can kill the story, which starts the vicious cycle all over again.
Justin spends the entire episode yelling into Rebecca's voicemail demanding that she pick up the phone, which makes me think he doesn't really understand voicemail. He is sorry and he will holler at her until she accepts his apology. When he finally gets through to her he yells some more, which doesn't make for a very heartwarming apology. Luckily Rebecca has her dad with her to make her feel better. Well he would if she would tell him what the problem is. Eventually she confides in him about Tommy Walker's plans to oust her mother from Ojai. I'm still a little fuzzy on why Rebecca thought fleeing Los Angeles would save her mom from the coup, but her dad doesn't care what the reason. He doesn't want to exacerbate his mistakes. He decides to escort Rebecca back to LA.
People are slowly catching on to Tommy's scheme to steal back the family business. When Justin and Holly have a yelling match over who is more at fault for Rebecca's disappearing act, Holly ends up at Rebecca's desk and finds files indicating some funny business in the vineyard deal. When she inexplicably asks Saul for advice, he covers for Tommy. Well he covers him until he can haul him into his office by the ear and give him an old fashioned scolding for his funny business. Although the deal isn't totally done, it is most likely too late for Tommy, though, as Holly is heading to her lawyer's office with files in hand.
Nora is leaving town on the pretense that she is going to check out a hot new residential treatment facility for cancer patients. She sure knows how to have a good time (although Roger may disagree). Something is wrong with Saul. It looks like he has some odd disease: His eyes are bulging out, his ears are enlarged, and his hair is receding. What is it? Gah! He looks terrible? Oh wait, it's just that he's not wearing his glasses. Quit it! It's creeping me out. Saul is convinced that Nora is fleeing to Berkeley to escape the ghost of Roger the philandering architect (that sounds like a Mother Goose character, a bad one, granted). I'm not quite sure why Saul thinks Nora needs to stay and sulk in Pasadena, but he really seems to think that she does. Sulk locally! After he harasses her some more, in Walker tradition, Nora caves and admits that she is going up to Berkeley to see Ryan Lafferty. Saul (I can't look at Saul until he puts his glasses back on) can't believe Nora is going to see Ryan after all her misgivings. Nora explains that Ryan called and hung up ten times before finding the nerve to talk to her. So he's shy! And she has a soft spot for shy crank callers. There's probably a Facebook group for that. She reminds Saul that William isn't available to answer Ryan's questions, so it's up to her. Really, Nora? The dead husband card? That's cold. Saul just wants her to be careful; she has no idea what Ryan is like or what he wants. Um, what exactly is the big deal here? She is going to meet some kid for coffee. I mean, yes, she will undoubtedly invite him to Thanksgiving, but until then, who cares? As Nora pish poshes his notions, Saul gives her a hoary eye and, oh jesus, it looks like his eye is going to pop out of his head. Put your glasses on! Nora doesn't care if Saul is curious, because she is. Why is she not telling her kids again? I honestly don't remember why she wouldn't, especially since they all know about him.
Kevin is in shock (shock!) that The Senator told Kitty that he was running for governor and Kitty didn't react (or rather, overreact, being Kitty and all). The Senator brushes it off, but Kevin swears it is a ticking time bomb of misery and he'd better watch his back. And his front. When The Senator attempts to throw a football in Kevin's direction, Kevin makes a run for it. Only to be foiled by Kitty's sudden arrival! She is here for some clips off her television show to give to a reporter for "The Times". They don't specify which "Times", so neither will I. The Senator claims he will happily interview with them, too, to let them know how lucky he is. Kevin likes the sound of lucky and offers to tell The Times how lucky he is, too. Kitty smiles tersely and more or less tells them to shut up and get out of her way. She is tense, but pretending not to be. She gives The Senator a kiss and heads off. The Senator looks pleased as punch, but Kevin shakes his head knowingly. Tick tock to Kitty meltdown.