The elevator doors open, and out bulldozes Fran. (Though as someone on the boards pointed out, the fact that she paused to blow-dry her hair before heading over seems a little out of character...I could have totally seen her driving over in just a towel, or at least sweatpants, but she looks very well put together in a skirt, cardigan, and tank, and purse.) Fran, her voice choked with emotion, tells Ed that she "thought Mindy had been kidnapped!" Ed, all, "Dude, what?," says, "I left a sticky note." Fran yells that she wasn't looking for a sticky note, she was looking for her baby! Lynette points to Mindy, like "Here she is!," and then gives Fran an uncomfortable little wave. Ed tells Fran that Mindy is his child, too, and that she's staying with him for just a few hours a day. Fran blows right past him and goes to grab Mindy out of Lynette's arms. Lynette seems all for letting Fran take her, but Ed stops Fran, telling her that he "made a decision." Fran: "Oh yeah? Well, watch me make a decision: I'm done with this marriage. I'm taking my baby and I'm getting on a plane to Pittsburgh...You think you miss Mindy now? Wait till we're living with my mother."
As Ed and Fran keep bickering, slowly Lynette starts to back toward a conference room, Mindy still in tow. MAVO: "As Lynette saw her dreams of daycare about to board a plane to Pittsburgh, she decided this flight would have to be grounded." Lynette steps inside the conference room and locks the door behind her (which, like all the doors and walls in the place, is made of see-through glass). Fran and Ed run over, and Fran starts jiggering the door. Ed: "Good thinking, Lynette!" Lynette: "I am not on your side, Ed." Ed: "You're not?" Lynette explains that she's on Mindy's side, and that she's not going to let either parent have Mindy until they both calm down. Fran, through clenched teeth: "Lynette? I want my damn child!"
Just then, New Receptionist Pat pipes up, saying that she has Tom on line two for Lynette. Lynette: "Pat? Can you see me here, holding a baby hostage? I will call back." Pat, the reappearing disappearing receptionist with maybably six children, looks chastened, and she mouths "okay" at Lynette. Fran whips out her cell phone and threatens to call the police. Ed grabs the phone out of her hands and tells her that, clearly, Lynette isn't going to hurt the baby. Lynette, as though talking to four-year-olds, informs them that they'll get Mindy back faster if they'll both just listen. Lynette turns to Ed and tells him that stealing his baby was stupid, and Fran thanks Lynette. Lynette goes on to tell Ed that he needs to find a "better way to communicate" with his wife. And then, to Fran, Lynette says, "I know what the pressure of trying to be a super-parent does to your head. You can take a break and be a great mom. Doesn't this little sweetheart deserve a well-rested mommy?" Ed smiles at Fran encouragingly, and Fran finally admits that the pressure does, in fact, get to her. Ed grabs her hands, and tells her "it's okay to admit that." Lynette, still behind the glass, tells to go down to the lobby and talk things out over...COFFEE! Fran asks who's going to take care of Mindy, and Lynette smiles and says, "We've got daycare!" Which isn't really true -- not yet, at least. But, okay, they've got daycare!