Luc and Justin are at the nursing home and there is a cloud of sadness over everything. Justin looks daunted by the task of wallowing in old people smell. Okay, over in my day job I was just posting a video for the Whitest Kids U'Know and now watching this scene at the nursing home I have this song running through my head. So right, yet so wrong. Anyway, Justin is looking grim and he begs Luc to talk about anything to get his mind off of the task at hand. So Luc starts whinging about the wedding and how Sarah's not doing her part and probably doesn't even want to marry him and so obviously Justin has to change the subject again. Ooh look a picture of grandpa! Luc can't argue in the face of overwhelming disinterest in his conversational subject matter so goes to check out Grandpa Holden. Also, they find a letter to Saul. Bet it says something heartfelt so Saul feel super guilty!
Sarah stops by Walker Manor with a stack of funeral programs so large it is nothing short of aspirational. Since she and Brody have an almost father-daughter relationship based on Sarah's hours-long belief (hope?) that she wasn't a Walker, they make easy chit chat about how Nora is holding up, how Saul is taking things, and about their past weddings. Then Sarah notices that Brody is packing. He thinks it is time for him to go, but Sarah, with her near-filial status, feels like she has the right to lecture him about his life choices. He can't just come and drop off his dog and leave again. His presence matters to Nora. Brody whimpers that he doesn't know how to help, so Sarah tells him to buck up and figure it out. That's an almost daughter's tough love for ya!
It's funeral time! Justin is staging the dais because I guess no one wanted to spring for ushers or attendants? As he arranges the flowers he hands Kevin a yarmulke to wear even though they are not religious because it's what Grandma Ida would have wanted. Kevin grumbles and puts it on and tells Justin that he gave Saul Ida's letter, but Saul is too scared to open it. Then because emotions are running high Justin and Kevin get in a fight. Kevin says something snide-ish about Saul not coming out and Justin snaps back that if Kevin hadn't met Scotty he would still be a high-powered corporate lawyer hooking up with a different man every night. Kevin finds that insulting... and I think he's right. Justin apparently really relates to Ida? Because his marriage failed? And her husband died? And he's turning 30? I am putting in a lot of question marks because this is the weirdest most self absorbed/delusional thought process ever. I think I speak for all of us when I say, "Wha?" Kevin agrees and thinks Justin is nothing like Ida: He served three tours of duty, he beat addiction, he saves lives for a living. The only thing they have in common is a quarter of a bloodline. But Justin is alone and that is the only thing that matters and it binds him to his grandmother in a way that Kevin just can't understand. Dude, you're 30!! Very few people meet their life partners before 30. Just come to New York where marriage before 35 is considered an alt-lifestyle.
Since they were too cheap to hire ushers, Sarah is handing out programs when Brody comes in. I guess her pep talk worked! Luc comes over to introduce himself and Brody puts his foot in it by asking about their wedding planning, which is pretty sloppy of him considering Sarah was just whining about it. Then Luc and Sarah get in a fight because she laughingly suggests Vegas. Brody excuses himself to let them fight in peace. Sarah doesn't want to go into the funeral angry and Luc doesn't want to go into a wedding with her unhappy. Sarah carelessly blurts that she doesn't care about a big wedding because it is her second wedding and it doesn't mean anything anyway, which visibly stings Luc. So Sarah plays the dead grandma card and says: this big funeral won't change how any of us felt about Ida. Luc brusquely reminds her that this will be his first and only wedding and he didn't want to change his feelings about her, but to celebrate them. Then they go in to mourn. Also stew.
Scotty is sent to bring Saul into the service. Saul is sitting outside staring at the letter from Ida. He explains that he hasn't read the letter, but Ida told him a long time ago that she wanted to write him about... something. She couldn't even say what it was, but Saul knows that it is a letter expressing her shame about him being gay. He doesn't want to read it. Scotty does his adorable half smile of understanding and ushers Saul inside. The family sits in the front row of the not even half filled room as the rabbi begins the celebration of the life of Ida Holden, beloved mother and grandmother. None of the grandchildren are there either. Not even Paige. The rabbi asks the family to share their favorite memories of Ida and the Walkers all awkwardly stare at each other and then Nora sighs and goes first. Nora walks up to the podium and introduces herself. Then she starts crying. She announces that she can accept the things that Ida was, but it's the things that she wasn't that Nora has a hard time accepting. Then she breaks down entirely and says she can't do it and Brody ushers her outside to ugly cry in private.
Later Nora is sitting on the couch looking all cried out and morose. Brody brings her a cup of tea... well, it was supposed to be tea, but he brought her bourbon. Nora thanks him laughingly and thanks Brody for driving her home. He thinks she did a great job and for once wasn't perfect, which he sees as a big plus. Nora rolls her eyes at him. She has something to say to him anyway and may as well do it now. He contemplates getting his own mug of bourbon, but Nora launches right in. She explains that she's really tried to make a good life and follow her dreams and all that. Sure her marriage was built on lies and one son has vaguely criminal tendencies but otherwise she has a lovely home, right? Or she thought so until Brody showed up on her doorstep 40 years on and she started to doubt everything. She remembered that she had a choice back then and she never told him how she felt because it wasn't appropriate. Now it's too late. They are who they are. So he should just get in his RV and keep on driving. That's when Brody tells her his big secret: He got fired. He has nowhere to go. So he came back to get his dog... and his girl. Their future is wide open and they can do whatever they want. Then we get to watch old people kissing for a while. On network television, even! You don't even have to pay for this!
Scotty's mom -- who I think has been typecast as the uptight bitchy mom -- is being uptight, but helpful by babysitting Olivia while they were at the funeral. Kevin thanks her for staying with her, he didn't think Olivia was ready for the Walker family grief parade, especially since Olivia never met the woman. That's her cue, so she jumps in with a zinger about how it seems Olivia hasn't met a lot of the family members. Scotty snaps at her and storms downstairs, causing his mom to recoil and passive aggressively announce that she thinks she'll be leaving tomorrow. Kevin sighs, pulls out the wine glasses, and tells her that she doesn't need to go, she just needs to learn to zip it. She blinks a few times at that statement. This is great! The Walkers all get to say whatever the heck they want because they are in mourning. We should all try that sometime, eh? He tells her -- oh he says her name is Bertha! I would not have guessed that her name was Bertha. So he tells Bertha that Olivia is their child and they are going to raise her how they see fit. Bertha launches into a diatribe about how she and Scotty just never got along. Everything that comes out of her mouth is the wrong thing! Kevin forthrightly suggests that maybe she just say something else then? He swears that Scotty wants to have a good relationship with her as much as she does. Bertha claims that her being there was supposed to help their relationship, but instead