We jump ahead five weeks from the shooting that ended last week's episode. Here's the toll: Nick had been shot in the shoulder, but recovered. Jeremy hit is head and has amnesia. Chase is in a coma. And Carmelita's dead. The Darling family all wants Chase dead, too, because they feel he's a danger to them if he wakes up. It's about time to pull the plug, but then his wife decides she wants him alive. They fight it in court (with Nick representing the hospital, which is an idiotic conflict of interest), and then Nola almost kills Chase. And then Patrick almost does, too. But then he dies. Or so Tripp tells Nick. Oh, and Tripp might not have killed Dutch, which brings me to ...
Brian, who is back at the church again, and realizing they only want him for his family's money. An anonymous donation in the amount of $1.6 million has been made in his name after all. Because of the verse chosen to go with the donation (which says "my son"), Brian assumes it's Tripp. When Nick assures him he would know if Tripp made this type of donation, Brian starts to think maybe their father is secretly alive. Which would be ridiculous and awesome. Brian's also embarrassed of Andrea coming to his church stuff because she dresses like a crazy person. But then he ends up telling her he only acted embarrassed because she's the only person who loves him for him, not for his money and he's not used to that. Um, okay, she might have bought that, but I sure didn't.
Meanwhile, Nick and Lisa battle in "mediation" for custody of Kiki. She gives him Kiki for the weekend to test the sharing custody waters, but when Nick leaves Kiki with Karen for an hour, Lisa figures she's done with the mediation and moving on to court, where she'll fight for full custody.
Jeremy's amnesia turns out to be completely fake (and he plays it brilliantly, particularly when he pretends he can't remember Nola and calls her the "Chinese girl with freckles"). He's doing it to get off Simon Elder's radar, and since he's been playing at it for FIVE WEEKS, I think it's working. This could lead to all sort of hilariousness, but I am so glad to know it's fake, because that makes it slightly less stupid.
Okay, I'll just come out and say it: Right as it's about to be over forever, I might be starting to like this show again.
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Remember that shooting and everything at Patrick's inauguration? That is, like, soooo four weeks ago. This episode starts with, instead of a "previously on" segment, a news guy telling us all about what kind of smarmy rich people the Darlings are. And how there was that shooting. And then the newsman, Pete Bradley, tells us that we're "nearly a month" after the tragedy, and that the family is talking now. And by family, he means Nick, apparently, who is telling him that Chase was angry, and was and is a very confused man. Okay, so Chase is alive.
Pete Bradley explains that Jeremy hit his head when Nick pushed him, and now is living with amnesia. Letitia says in an interview that this is terrible because Jeremy wasn't that fast of a learner the first time. Then we're with Nick again, who apparently was shot in the shoulder. He would tell Chase that his and the Darlings' thoughts are with Chase and his family. Then Pete Bradley tells us that one of Chase's bullets took a life: predictably, Carmelita's. As Pete Bradley asks Patrick and Tripp about it, Tripp is surprisingly more emotional, whereas Patrick seems more like he's phoning it in. And, hey, good press for him, right? The sympathy thing. We zoom out on Patrick and realize we're seeing this all on a TV...
Which Karen and Nick are watching in a diner. She says they rerun that thing "more than the Beverly Hillbillies"... which, I didn't know was rerun a lot, but then, Karen and I are probably on very different TV viewing schedules. Karen wants to disappear, which is why Nick chose this place: It's always empty. Karen asks what happens when Chase wakes up, and Nick says he won't, it's been five weeks. She's afraid he'll go after someone, but Nick assures her he won't wake up after this much time. Then Karen wants to talk about "us," which is supposed to make us all think she wants to be together, and Nick thinks that too, but then she suggest they be "just friends." She will even commit to not falling in love with him this time. Nick's phone rings, and it's Tripp.
Nick and Patrick are in Tripp's office before long, talking about Chase's living will, which is scheduled to take him off life support soon. Apparently his wife is making some noise about fighting his living will. She's distraught and guilty for leaving him, and can't let him go. Tripp says Carmelita's parents didn't want to let her go either. Not a great explanation of what happened, but apparently she was on life support for awhile, too? Tripp thinks Chase's wife isn't doing any good prolonging this, and Nick says he'll stop by the hospital after his mediation with Lisa.