Back in the now, Lynette and Tom are sitting out in front of their house, waiting for the cab that's going to deliver ex-fling Nora and eleven-year-old daughter Kayla for a visit. Yet when the cab arrives, only Nora emerges. She runs straight up to Tom and gives him a huge, long hug. Nora (played by Kiersten Warren, the woman who played the flighty gal who got vaporized by aliens at that rooftop party at the beginning of Independence Day) is young and pretty. She's got her hair in two pigtails and she's wearing a cute sundress (no bra) and also a gold bird-shaped necklace that I want to steal and steal and then steal again. Tom, keenly aware of Lynette's icy stare, desperately tries to pry Nora off him and find out where his daughter is. Turns out Nora had a fight with Kayla right before they were supposed to leave, so she "dumped" the daughter off at the neighbor's house and came on her own. Sounds like a woman after Lynette's own heart! These two are going to get a long like a house on fire. (Which is lots and lots of fun, just ask Susan)!
Down at the diner, Lynette, Nora, and Tom are sitting through an uncomfortable lunch. Nora is gushing about how smart and awesome and skilled Kayla is. She goes to show Lynette and Tom a picture, and Tom makes a pointed comment about how they wouldn't need to see the photo if Nora had been so kind as to bring her daughter along, like she said she would. Nora, all fired up: "Oh gosh, I'm sorry, it's just I haven't had much time to get away on my own since I've been taking care of your kid for the last eleven years, Superdad." I have to admit that I found this scene super-annoying the first time through, but now it's striking me as kind of funny? Tom scrambles to calm Nora down, and he rattles off maybe six "sorry"s. Nora instantly forgives him (she is crazy), and then switches into money talk. By Tom and Lynette's reaction, you can tell that they had no idea that there were any financial matters in need of discussion. Au contraire! Nora, it turns out, wants Tom to pay all eleven years of back-child support. Even though he didn't know this child was ever born? That seems totally crazy, and utterly unfair but...LJS that Nora has the law on her side with this one. Nora hands over some papers, and Lynette immediately starts to freak over the sum of money Nora's asking for: "That'd bankrupt us!" Lynette cites the four kids they have to support, plus the fact that Tom just lost his job. Nora, super-loud and piercing so that the whole café can hear: "I'm the bad guy now? When he's the one that knocked me up and abandoned his child?" And yet, based on Nora's super-nice house in Atlantic City, I wouldn't really say that she's in any need of money? Lynette keeps trying to argue that it isn't really abandonment if a person wasn't even aware of the child being abandoned, but Nora is like, "You better do right by me -- unless, of course, you want to be known as Mrs. Deadbeat Dad!" The entire café is silent. But Lynette doesn't even bat an eye; she just matches Nora's volume and starts yell-screaming that she's not going to let one stupid and probably drunken night that Tom spent with Nora ruin Lynette's entire life. Wow, these two ladies are kind of well-matched. It's like Mothra versus Godzilla or something.