We pick up where we left off last week, with Nick getting into Simon Elder's car. Elder tells Nick that the two of them have similar philosophies as far as philanthropy goes, and invites him to a future dinner. Nick thinks he's the "C" from Dutch's calendar, not surprisingly given his license plate, and resolves to use the dinner to find out for sure. Elder unceremoniously cops to it, and says Dutch was kind of a mentor to him. Also, Elder tells him how much Dutch regretted his work for the Darlings, and that he was planning to leave them and come to work for Elder. This inspires Nick to get back on the stick and start giving the Darling money away in earnest.
Freddy wants a bachelor party, and Karen asks Patrick to get Freddy into some exclusive club so they can have it there. When he's reluctant, she infers that she'll tell Ellen about Carmelita, and when he realizes she's quite serious, he caves. But it turns out that the club members are big golf fans, so they would have taken Freddy in a heartbeat anyway. GO FIGURE.
Brian reads a passage about honesty at the dinner table, and this causes Brian Jr. to finally crack and come clean to Mei Ling Hwa. Brian confesses, and Mei Ling Hwa doesn't kill him, but does demand a divorce. Brian goes to Nick in a right state; at first he wants Nick to crush her, but he then breaks down, causing a thaw between him and Nick. Nick counsels him to go ask her for another chance, which he does, sincerely and openly. Mei Ling Hwa asks for some time, so Brian and Brian Jr. come home to Darling Estates, to Letitia's (and my) delight.
Nick tries to mediate a dispute between the twins as to whether Natalie can attend their twenty-fifth birthday party; when they can't resolve it, they decide to have separate parties -- at a million each instead of the budgeted million for the joint party. Also, we learn that they'll each be inheriting twenty-five million in trust from Letitia's father on the birthday. Tripp is disgusted by the twins' frivolity, but he and Letitia agree that Nick should handle the situation, as Dutch did with similar scenarios when he was alive. But when the spending goes insane even by this family's standards, with Jeremy having his party on the Brooklyn Bridge, Tripp asks Nick to draw up a document delaying the twins' access to the trust for five years. Juliet has a Dangerous Liaisons-themed party, to which she invites Ryan Casdale from last week, planning to kiss him, but when she sees him smooching with another girl, she leaves her own party in tears in search of her brother. Meanwhile, Jeremy and Natalie have been planning marriage, and in a meeting with Nick, he enthuses about having a kid, but Juliet overhears. Juliet then has a chat with her friend Astrid, who just so happened to give Natalie tampons only the week before. Nick informs Jeremy of this; his immediate reaction is that Juliet's lying, but Nick doesn't think so. Jeremy confronts her, and she confesses that she thought she was, but she isn't. He gets drunk and distraught, and sings "All By Myself" in his boxers and nothing else. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP, and it is awesome. Tripp, however, doesn't think so, and gives Jeremy a stern and contemptuous lecture, and Jeremy yells and cries at him, to Nick's chagrin. Nick stands up to Tripp and tells him he's handling Jeremy all wrong. The twins reunite, and Juliet makes Jeremy feel better about himself. He in turn goes to Tripp and asks him for a job, and Tripp's overwhelmed with pride. Can't wait to see Jeremy's face when he sees the size of his first paycheck!
After a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge, which will be both important and a load of boxer-iffic fun later, we pick up where we left off last week, with Nick getting into Simon Elder's car. Elder tells him, much to Nick's surprise, that the police followed up on the dossier and even came to his office. In answer to Nick's next question, he says that he knew Dutch -- everyone did. "To get anything done in New York City, you had to." I'm not sure I completely believe that, but I suppose at least Letitia would agree. Nick, however, asks if Elder knew Dutch better than that, maybe did some business with him, but Elder non-answers that he's been following Nick's career for many years now, and he feels like they're similar. "I've always felt that we're cut from the same cloth, you and me. We're both trying to take the advantages we've been given in life and share them with those less fortunate." Wait, is he trying to tell us that Nick has issues with coming from privilege? I don't really like it when shows spring completely undeveloped characterizations like that on me, you know? Elder gives Nick his card and says he'd love to chat with him about his Dad and the Darlings, but he's got to catch a flight to Haiti, as they're giving ten thousand laptops to kids down there and installing free wireless all over Port-au-Prince. Well, it's nice that the kids will be able to request food on a broader scale now. It'll be like Oliver Twist in cyberspace! Anyway, Elder says he knows this great Russian restaurant in Brooklyn at which they can have dinner when he gets back. Nick agrees, but once he's out of the car, he notices the "C" on Elder's license plate.
In the Darlings' living room, Brian is telling Karen and Freddy that a church wedding is out. Karen protests that he promised her he'd try, but he tells her he did. "For some reason, the bishop felt that using the chapel for your fourth marriage would just be a little bit insulting to the rest of the marrying public." Yes, Liza Minnelli would simply clutch her pearls over that one. Freddy then changes the subject, saying he wants to take the plane to have his bachelor party in Cuba, and asking Brian if he's in. Brian mildly says yes, and sells it so well, that Karen asks if her "minister brother" is really going. Brian, in a whisper: "No. Not really." Hee. Karen then tells Freddy that she doesn't think Tripp wants him to take the plane anymore, and when he looks put out, she singsongs, "Jet fuel doesn't grow on trees!" Brian points out that Karen took the plane to L.A. last week for sushi, but Karen only meant some people. "This month." Freddy says he's got to have a bachelor party -- it's tradition. True, and having been to a couple myself, I can see the appeal of having it at the site of the Bay of Pigs. Karen tells Freddy she's going to handle the situation. Does that mean Freddy has to plan her bridal shower?