Back in the present, Peter Krause tells Naomi that after his mom died, he became close with the Darlings as well. He tells her she had a stroke...
...and then, back in overexposed flashback, we see young Peter Krause running down the hall holding a large paper snowflake; he opens the already-ajar bathroom door, and his eyes widen when he sees his mother lying dead over the bathtub, one arm reaching out to expose blood trailing away from her wrist, an empty bottle of wine nearby. Well, they had to get the prop blood from somewhere. Young Peter Krause lets the snowflake fall to the floor, where it starts soaking up the liquid. Might as well not bother, kid -- nothing gets blood out of grout. Or, you know, I'd imagine. [In retrospect, I can get behind them ditching some of the darkest elements of the original pilot, but in doing so, they certainly made some plot points a lot weaker. Nick really never tried to contact his mom? -- CB 2008]
In the present, Naomi asks why, when Peter Krause graduated from law school, he started his own firm rather than work for his father and the Darlings. Peter Krause obliquely says that his father had his interests, and he has his. Thanks for being so specific, Peter Krause. You're an interviewer's dream!
"532 hours ago." Peter Krause enters his office and deals with his hyper assistant, whose function, other that to suggest that Peter Krause wasn't on great terms with his dad, is to let us know that Peter Krause, despite his legal background, is basically in the running for Pinko Of The Year. Some dude comes in from another room and helps the idea along, saying that it's been two months since Peter Krause talked to his dad. It's nice when the exposition comes to you!
Naomi tells us that Peter Krause's dad's plane crashed and he died, and Peter Krause neutrally says it was a bit of a shock.
"393 hours ago." Peter Krause leads a young blonde girl of about five or six along a crowded street (Park Avenue, maybe?); she asks if everyone is there for "Grandpa's funeral," and Peter Krause affirms that. [As everyone probably remembers, Kiki was originally played by Elle Fanning. But New Kiki is awesome! Groan. -- CB 2008] Peter Krause, along with daughter and comely wife, then tries to get through the police lines, but the Stereotypically Crusty Officer in his way is having exactly none of that, saying that everyone's been trying to get in. If Peter Krause's dad is so famous that random people are trying to elbow their way in, I'd think that Peter Krause would be recognizable himself, especially since he's probably personally donated millions to the Policeman's Ball over the years. But sure, let's say he's unrecognizable, and I suppose since he's gathered his little moppet up in his arms, he's also incapable of pulling out his ID. We need obstacles in this pilot, people! Peter Krause then, rather inappropriately, gives a sardonic smile at the cheers going up for the approach of what can only be the Darling family.