Sarah once again tells Tommy that she knows what she's doing and that's why she's in charge, which leads Tommy down flashback lane. We see William conducting a mini-press conference at Ojai, accompanied by Sarah, Saul, Tommy, and Kevin. He sings Sarah's praises for a while -- Wharton School of Business, et cetera -- and essentially says he begged her to leave her old job and come "help us out" at Ojai. From the look on Tommy's face both in the flashback and when we WHOOSH out of it, we can probably figure out on our own that Tommy was passed over.
Walker Manse. Nora is emptying boxes filled with "artwork" and journals and other such artifacts of her creative past. She wants Kevin to help her go through them and to use his status as the only one of her children with an aesthetic -- Kevin asks if that's because he's gay, and Nora rolls her eyes all, "Duh" -- to help her decide if it's worth it to start taking art classes or creative writing seminars for what. She pulls out an old painting she did in her twenties, and Kevin takes one look at what would be better described as a water stain than a watercolor and gives the verbal equivalent of "..." He's then distracted from Nora's trip down memory lane by a phone call from Chad, who is lonesomely walking around a park and pining for Kevin. He says he broke up with Michelle, to which Kevin's all, "Good enough for me," and he tells Chad to meet him at a coffee shop in half an hour. Before Kevin can cut out, Nora makes him listen to a short story of hers she recently uncovered. From the snippet we hear, the story is about an unhappy woman whose marriage had been a lie. ...Yeah, no idea what that could be about.
Kevin and Chad and the sexy coffee date. Chad misses Kevin and wants to get back together. Kevin, of course, has a laundry list of reservations, not the least of which is that Chad is still closeted. Chad has the balls to ask that Kevin leave the politics of the closet out of this. What he means is, "I know keeping our relationship as a shameful secret is demoralizing and against everything you believe in, but just do it, okay?" Then Chad's all, "I don't know what it's about, but I miss waking up next to you." Kevin sees this latest declaration as just more acting-school bullshit, but Chad reminds him that he's not that good of an actor. Point well made, sir. Chad asks for one date, and Kevin gives in.
Kitty's at McCallister's office, and she's doing the strangest thing. I think it's called "working." It looks so weird when Kitty does it! She asks a nervous-looking "Noreen" if she has the latest polling data, and Noreen looks shifty and jumpy enough to indicate that while Kitty is looking for the data on possible slogans, there are other polls in the field. Kitty asks to be cc'ed on all polling results, and Noreen's all, "Sure thing!" She's almost out of the woods entirely until some random staffer comes walking by with his nose in a booklet, complaining that "these latest polling numbers are giving me heartburn." Kitty asks to see the poll that's causing him so much trouble, and when he reluctantly hands it over, Kitty is shocked to discover that the poll is about her. Perhaps Kitty should hire a communications director to explain to her that this kind of thing is pretty standard in an election campaign.