Elder then turns the subject to Karen, whom he says he's seeing romantically, and tells Nick he wants to make sure that he's okay with that news. Nick says that personally, he's fine, but he's concerned that the relationship might be part of a plot against the Darling family, similar to how Elder lured Patrick away from Tripp. Elder nauseatingly says that Patrick followed his heart, and goes on that he genuinely likes Karen, as if "genuine" isn't a word that he only knows from context. Congratulations on using it correctly, Elder! He glibly says that he won't pursue Karen (little late for that, don't you think?) if it's going to be a problem for him and Nick, but Nick says it won't be. Elder grins in satisfaction. Shut up, Elder. Title card.
At lunch, Letitia asks if everyone's excited about the Nutcracker, but Karen says she won't be able to make it, as she expects to be "out and about." Letitia is chagrined, but Tripp overrules her, saying that if Karen's busy, that's fine. Nice little moment here in retrospect. Juliet then pipes out some babble about how Karen's freaked to attend a family function without having a man as a buffer between her and the intimacy of her "tribe." "You've been spending so much time living from your swadhisthana. You need to get up into your anahata and start feeling it." For those unfamiliar with the chakras, Juliet points down for the first one and up for the second, and I'll certainly admit that it's hard to argue Karen's life since we've known her has kind of been dominated by her, uh, Down There. At everyone's bemused looks, Juliet explains that she learned that in the Seychelles. Karen fake-smiles that she's starting to regret giving Juliet her honeymoon. Heh.