Justin leaves Rebecca a sad voicemail. Then a rationalizing one. Then an angry one. Then a sad one. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to have this reenactment of the five stages of grief on her phone. He leaves messages until her mailbox is full. Far away, Rebecca's phone buzzes her awake. Isn't it three hours later in New York? What is lazy bones doing in bed? Rebecca opens her eyes as her dad bustles around the apartment getting ready to leave. She offers to go with him to the gallery where he is setting up prints for a show, but he brushes her off because it would be boring. He made her some keys and maybe they can meet for dinner? She scratches her head and smiles in agreement. Simultaneously. Her phone rings some more and she ignores it some more.
After a shot of a bridge that establishes that we are now in Berkeley, Nora enters a café bustling with students. She asks someone to point out Ryan and then heads up to the table where he is picking up dirty dishes. She introduces herself and he looks shocked that she is there. Welcome to the Walker family, junior! Get used to untimely if well-intentioned intrusions. If you're lucky they'll throw you an intervention! Ryan is genuinely stunned that she is there and so Nora reminds him that they talked about her coming up to visit. He looks genuinely perplexed and she fills in some details about how he couldn't finish a poli sci paper and so she should come visit. Ryan looks so confused that I am starting to think he is either mentally ill, a stoner, or was drunk dialing. He finally shrugs and says that he doesn't get off work until three. Nora smiles and swears she doesn't want to intrude, which could be the funniest line all season. Ryan offers Nora a cup of coffee and she settles down to wait. They did a good job casting Ryan. He looks like a cross between Sarah and Kitty. He's a little too peaked and pale to be cute, but he fits into the Walker clan.
At The Senator's office, Kevin is acting like an idiot right outside of The Senator's door. The Senator looks up and catches Kevin peeking in and orders him inside. Kevin comes into the office and reminds The Senator about the whole ticking time bomb thing. Seems that when Kitty went for her interview with "The Times" her bomb exploded, just a little bit. Just enough for The Times to send over the quotes and ask for The Senator's comments. The Senator grabs the paper out of Kevin's hand and reads the quotes silently. Kevin tells him that he can go talk to Kitty about them, but The Senator wants him to kill the story. Now. Kevin goes, "Gulp."