Gabrielle just about stops crying right then, because she realizes she's being an absolute lunatic, but there's not really a way out of this one. As crazy as she's acting, I think they're doing a great job with this story. I mean, it's predictable, but it plays into so much of Gabrielle's stuff, her history and her family and her own need to succeed and her wish to somehow time-machine back to when nobody would help her out... I don't know, it's heartbreaking. It seems like this storyline would be the dumbest one right now but they're just doing it so right somehow that it means more than it actually does, or even should.
Juanita is somewhat less sympathetic, but then we only have to deal with her psycho mom once a week and she's there 24/7. And lurking Carlos is immediately like, "You need to stop cheating on our kids with other kids, because Juanita is full-on a genius and she has got your number for real." Gabrielle knows he's right, but she also knows there is no way she's actually going to back off obsessing on Grace, so when he reminds her they need to protect their daughter, she's all, "They're both our daughters." She promises to be careful, which somehow is the saddest part.
Susan watches Mike pack and pretends like she gives a shit beyond, like, who's going to give her backrubs or laugh at her jokes, and Mike is like, "A, this ridiculous story about the house and renting needs to be over with and that is going to take money, and B, I am like this close to killing Paul all the time, anyway." So it's north to Alaska, in his cutest purple plaid shirt, with just an ax and the stars to guide him. And the memory of the fool he left behind. How will MJ live? "Mommy, little boys can't eat the leftover paper inside a holepunch for lunch."
Allison's hollering about how the assisted living facility inevitably kills people, so Tom's handing her a death sentence. Tom's point is that she is not safe on her own and that he and his siblings have decided they don't want her anymore. The actual point is that she needs to be taken care of, and the best way to do that is not in the house where they already have 50 neglected children, most of them miscreants and deviants. I don't even remember what happened to the other twin. And there was that serial killer kid Lynette was hanging around with, too? Did I make that up?