Back at the party, Kevin approaches Jason shyly, with questions about whether Jason is joking with the minister thing (no -- they were raised Catholic, but Jason "needed a friendlier audience," for obvious reasons), and if he has a congregation (yes), and if he's actually a Republican (no). But he'd vote for his brother, he says. "Oh, that's nothing; my sister's about to marry him," Kevin quips, and Jason appears to find it funny, musing that their families deserve each other. Kevin chooses to ignore that and stumbles through the suggestion that they meet for lunch sometime; Jason warns him in response that he's a "traditional person," and "jumping your bones was extremely atypical for me." "Well, I could use some tradition in my life," Kevin says. They twinkle at each other. Aw. Hot!
Saul is cranking open a bottle of wine when Milo approaches him. The first time I watched the ep, I yelled, "Un! Comfortable!" right here and scared the cat. It's not that bad, though; Milo is taking off, but he mentions that maybe Saul could come over to his house for a meal sometime. Saul is all itchy about it, and lies that he's "pretty busy with work these days," but Milo says gently that they're "too old for excuses." Saul is busted. Milo: "I've missed you." He clasps Saul's hand where it rests on the bottle. "Call me." Saul looks like he might puke.
Outside, Nora and Kitty straggle in the back gate. The party is in full swing -- music blasting, Weiner yelling, "Tequila!" (heh), McCallister cousins jumping from second-floor balconies onto the tent -- and they both look shell-shocked. Nora starts to get annoyed, and when she sees Tommy and Sarah watching the bacchanal like they're at a cricket match, she marches over and asks what's up, she left them in charge. They tried, Tommy says, "but there's just...too many of them." Sarah mentions cousins peeing in the pansies, and Rebecca runs up to see if Nora and Kitty caught up with Justin. Barely, Nora says, and Kevin asks if she's okay and rubs her shoulders, and then everyone's sort of fussing over her, which she puts paid too with a quickness, saying she can't cry anymore. The Walkers stand around mocking the McCallisters for a minute; enter Robert to offer to write Nora a check right then, but Nora doesn't really care -- after the year she's had, "what's a little property damage," and besides, at least the McCallisters "know how to have a good time," versus the Walkers, whom she describes as sitting around like "a bunch of party-poopers." Perfect TV timing prompts Weiner to invite the Walkers to do a shot, and then to call them "wallflowers," and Nora throws down the jump-in-the-pool-fully-clothed gauntlet -- and off she goes, kicking her shoes off and cannonballing into the pool as a version of "Ooh Chile" plays. Sarah sprints after Nora. Excellent (except please don't ruin that dress, it's so pretty!). "What's going on?" Holly wants to know. "Pool party," Kevin says grimly, marching after his mother (hee), and Saul follows Kevin, twittering about how he'll just take his jacket off first. As Walkers jackknife into the water one after the other, Rebecca asks Holly if she's up for it. "Why the hell not?" Holly laughs, and in they go at a dead run. Kitty goads Robert into going in too, and he's like, "Please, I'm a United States senator -- hey, wait up!" and runs after her. Aw. Not many shows could make a scene like this work -- I will refer you to the first-season finale of Melrose as an example of how to do it wrong -- but it's a testament to the timing of both cast and editors that it plays here. Underwater shot of the Walkers swimming and splashing each other as the McCallisters cheer approvingly. Cut to above the surface, more splashing and laughing, Kevin holding Saul afloat (hmm), Robert and Kitty smooching, and zoom out to the Walkers (and Harpers) reunited in the same pool that sort of brought them together because William...fell into it? ...Sure, why not.