Elsewhile and meanwhere: Mike continues to march CreePaul through the desert. CreePaul tries to psych out Mike by saying he sure is taking a long time to do something he could have just as easily done in his back yard, and is Mike sure he knows what he's doing? This coming from the worst body-hider ever. A steel-eyed Mike assures CreePaul that, yeah, he has actually had to kill someone before, to which CreePaul responds with a shrunken little "Oh." Mike: "But since you're so tired of walking, let's just do this here." Mike throws the shovel to the ground, pushes CreePaul to his knees, and pulls out his gun. Wait, if that's Mike's gun, then whose gun does Zana have? Hmm. I'm sure if I puzzled over this long and hard, I could unravel it, but I don't actually care that much? Oh, who am I kidding: it's probably Mary Angela's gun as mentioned in Episode 15. CreePaul says he doesn't expect any favors, but could Mike at least tell him why he's being executed in the middle of the desert? Mike whips out an old photo of Deirdre together with the cute, young him and tosses it to the sand next to CreePaul. CreePaul gulps and says, "You knew Deirdre?" Mike: "Yeah, and I know what you did to her. She was just a sad girl with a lot of problems, and she did some terrible, crazy, selfish stuff, but you tell me what she ever could have done to deserve death at the hands of someone like you." CreePaul, looking defeated, says that it's complicated. Very complicated. MAVO: "And just like that, my husband began sharing my secrets. Secrets I had died to protect." Flashback!
Mary Angela is chopping carrots for baby Zach and nagging Paul about getting the anti-baby-drowning fence up before the pool is finished. We get an ominous close-up of the huge knife she is using to do all the chopping. When a knock sounds at the door, Mary Angela goes over to answer it. The chopping knife, all ten inches of it, she puts down on the table beside the door just before she opens the door to find -- as we already saw the first time this flashback played, way, way back at the beginning of tonight's show -- a much healthier-looking Deirdre standing on her stoop. "Hello, Angela," Deirdre says, and we get another long shot of Mary Angela doing her "my world, she is crumbling" face.
Cut to the living room, where Mary Angela, Paul, and the now-clean Deirdre are enjoying a highly tense tea. Deirdre commends them on how neatly they covered their tracks: "I had to spend a lot of my father's money hunting you down." Mary Angela congratulates Deirdre on her tenacity. Deirdre tells them that she never told the police how she sold them her baby: "They would have put Dana in foster care, or worse, given him to my father." Paul thanks her for keeping their secret secret, and Deirdre cuts to the chase: as they can see, she's gotten herself cleaned up. After an uncomfortable pause, Mary Angela agrees that she does indeed look "lovely." Deirdre: "I'm not the same person you knew back then, Angela. I'm in a good place now." Mary Angela, after another long pause: "You can't have him." Deirdre: "Just because I didn't go to the police before doesn't mean I can't do it now." You know something? Deirdre is kind of a pill. Legally, the baby is hers, since MA and Paul obviously never went through any official routes of adoption, and I do believe that people can change for the good, but even though she's now off the drugs, she's still kind of horrible. Lady you sold your baby! Surely now that you're supposedly of sound mind and body, you would at least acknowledge why two loving parents might be reluctant to return a baby to someone capable of such depths?