Cut to Gabby rolling home in...a brand-new car! Lord, Gabby bought her Spyder when her pregnancy was puking-new and she isn't even showing yet. So what, that was maybe...three months ago? When she bought her previous brand-new car? Matthew is out in front of the Appleblights' house, watering the yard. "That's an amazing car," he says to Gabby. "Aston Martin, right?" I don't know, to me it just looks like another rakish pellet car in that same depressing burgundy, but I guess it's a nice, spendy ride. Gabby, sort of distractedly, agrees that the car is indeed an Aston Martin, and that it's "brand-new, limited edition...little anniversary present from my husband." Matthew: "He's very generous!" Gabby, under her breath: "More than he knows." I'm surprised that sex-starved Gabby doesn't pay more attention to Matthew in this scene, what with her love of burning-hot teens. It's just not like her to not even look him over. Poor Gabby; she must be off her feed.
Susan is in Julie's room, giving her daughter a hard time for choosing Edie as her accompanist in the big "family follies" event at church. "She's really good," Julie explains. Susan is a little surprised that Julie didn't think to ask her mother to be part of her act. Julie: "On what? You don't play an instrument." That's not true! Susan used to play piano! Back in high school! Julie: "So the last time you 'tickled the ivories' was sometime in the late '70s?" Susan clarifies that it was the early '80s, actually. But Susan doesn't want to argue with Julie. She thinks it's "super" that Julie is going to do the show with Edie. Susan goes to leave, but stops at the door and asks Julie, "So she's really good, huh?" Julie: "She knows her guitar. Apparently, there were a lot of musicians in her family, sort of like the Von Trapps. Except her brother...ODed." Interesting: Edie is getting more and more complicated!
Matthew and Betty are preparing Basement Buddy's lunch. Matthew is saying how he wants to go out for football, but Betty doesn't want him to socialize: "Matthew, you are such an excellent player, darling, that people will want to be your friend. Then the next thing you know, god knows who will be wanting to stop by, calling. Sweetie, we need to keep a low profile." Man, their life rules. Still talking, Matthew gets the Basement Buddy-control gun out of its drawer. He tells Betty that he understands about the low profile thing, but really, he has to get out of the house, since he's going totally stir-crazy. Their conversation is rolling along like this when Matthew opens the door to the basement and...in bursts the Basement Buddy! Which scares the living pants off of me (remember, he's supposed to be locked behind an additional dungeon door way down below). And I should know better: they showed the exploding door in the previews! There's a mad scramble: food goes everywhere, dishes crash, Buddy moans weirdly à la Young Frankenstein's monster doing "Putting on the Ritz." Finally, Matthew manages to get Buddy in a headlock, and Betty pistol-whips him into unconsciousness. Whew! I guess it's time to up Basement Buddy's meds.