No pecan or walnut punching necessary! The Senator wakes up in the hospital and watches Kitty sleeping in the armchair. Seriously they can't get the future U.S. Senator from the State of California a damn cot? Kitty wakes up on the wrong side of the armchair and immediately starts in on The Senator for failing to tell her about his arrhythmia. He claims that he didn't want her having to choose between him and the campaign. He wanted her to focus and win. Kitty isn't buying it. Grown ups talk to each other. They discuss things. Hey, Kitty? Can you transcribe this conversation and send it to Rebecca? Thanks. Kitty loves The Senator. She loves how he is stoic and doesn't take anything from anyone, but she also loves the part of him that needs her, that needs help. The Senator looks duly chastened, but also completely in love. Kitty reminds him that she didn't just fall in love with the hero, but with the guy who was worried that he wouldn't be able to keep up with his kid after his heart attack. The Senator just sits and beams at her. This whole scene is really touching and kind and caring. It also makes a hospital look like the most romantic place in the world. The Senator takes a deep breath and tells Kitty everything about the sting operation, No Bid Stanton, and that the scurrilous rumors undoubtedly come from Stanton as veiled threats. Kitty listens quietly.
Everyone is still up at Ojai. It is early in the morning and Saul is just coming back from a walk when he finds Nora sitting on the porch waiting for him. She talked to Kevin and Scotty and is so sorry that she didn't know what Saul was going through. She asks him to tell her about his friend. Saul hesitates for a minute and then tells his sister the whole slightly sordid story of being gay in the 70s and 80s. Meeting men in bars or clubs for brief encounters praying you would never run into them again so no one would ever know about your secret life. Nora looks so sad, but understanding. But she does ask Saul if he ever worried about what it might cost him, not physically, but emotionally. He sighs, no. Nora reminds him that it's not too late, it's never too late! She tells him to call and get his test results right now and she'll hold his hand. He wants to do it alone, but Nora won't let him. They're family, they don't have to do things alone. Saul gives up in the face of Nora the Wall and dials the number. Good news! He's fine. They smile at each other and I do so love these two as brother and sister. Sarah busts up their moment, because Holly called: Big News at Narrow Lake. Not to quibble, but if Nora is paying the bill, why are they calling Holly? Oh well, she has to do something now that Ojai is gone. Apparently a vacation is out of the question.