Juliet segues into talking about poor Brian, and Karen says that if she woke up and felt like she didn't belong with the Darlings, she'd kill herself. Subtle hint that Karen blowing off the family function isn't as capricious as it seems, or simply an illustration that the glass of white wine she's currently drinking isn't her first? You be the judge. Tripp, however, asserts that just because Brian didn't come from him doesn't mean he doesn't belong, and Letitia points out that he's still their brother. Brian pops in at that moment, and, noting his mom's fake smile, sardonically asks if they're all talking about him. He adds that they're not all related, and then, pointing to Letitia: "I'm sorry. Not my fault." Hee. He tells Juliet that some guy is downstairs for her, and she eagerly goes running off, to Tripp's delight. "I don't know what may have happened to her on those distant green islands, but it was certainly salutary." Well, it beats a suicide attempt, but I'm still not sure that's the right word to describe an imminent broken hymen. However, Tripp's command of English is probably better than mine. That's just between you and I, of course.
Downstairs, Juliet runs eagerly off the elevator, and good God, what is she wearing? It looks like someone tried to do that recent "outdated trend" Project Runway challenge while on acid. Anyway, the guy in question is named Kai, and is rather cute and has a French accent. Juliet asks if he flew first class like she arranged, and he says yes, and he jokes that he's never been treated so well anywhere. Having once been upgraded to first class on an international flight, I'll vouch for his sincerity. As the elevator doors close, they kiss, and it's very cute.
So despite his anger last episode and his jab at her in the recent scene, Brian is pouring his heart out to Letitia; he lists all his recent woes and asks, "What's next, leprosy?" If so, the timing of Letitia giving him a foot bath is really unfortunate. I liked that, though; I'm not usually a fan of overly familiar physical familial gestures, but this one seemed kind of sweet. The Bittersweet Piano Of Brian's Life, which you won't be surprised to learn has played many times before, kicks up as Letitia tells Brian to be patient, and eventually, he can regain his post. Brian, however, isn't sure he wants to. Letitia tells him how good he is at it and, over his objections, adds that he has a way of "articulating the questions people have about God and faith." Brian counters that that's because he has those same questions, in spades, and he's never really felt the presence of the Lord the way some other people say they do. As she dries his feet, Letitia asks if these feelings are coming up because of "recent revelations," but Brian says his siblings are treating him the same way they always have -- like an alien. "This is about faith," he says. "And I'm not sure I ever really had any." Letitia suggests, then, that Brian talk to Tripp, as he's more familiar with these kinds of "cosmic doubts" than she is. For all the dirtiness and sexiness the show's title promises, the issues of faith it explores are handled with a really human and believable touch. I kind of hope Brian does go back to the church eventually, because it would be cool down the road to see him offer more counsel and solace to the people around him. Anyway, Letitia, finishing up the bath, asks if it didn't help settle him down a bit, and with a smile, he admits that it did. Aw.