When we come back, Ephram is in his studio with some dude he met on the internet. Kind of. He explains to the guy -- whom you probably know from High Fidelity, but who is best known to me as "Chad the Child Technician" from Jerry Maguire, shut up I love that movie -- that, as he said on Craigslist, all "this stuff" has got to go. Chad asks if that includes all the furniture, too, because he's already formed quite a friendship with the couch he's lying on. Ephram says he's happy for them both, and explains how some of his equipment works. Chad finds everything "excellent," and gets out his checkbook while filling in Ephram on his new band: "Punk meets new wave meets LeAnn Rimes -- her early stuff. It's very excellent." Awesome. Chad says he wants everything, and asks if the "baby G" piano is for sale. Ephram says the piano is not included. Chad asks if he's given up on the dream. Ephram says kind of, and that he's going to Europe for an undetermined amount of time, to get his head together. Chad would like to know, then, what Ephram is doing holding on to the piano. And out it goes.
Abbott/Brown Office. Treat informs Patch that this is the second day in a row he's been late. Patch says he had to pick up a few things from the pharmacy. Treat says he covered Patch's 9:00 appointment. Patch is like, "You want a thank you? I covered your ass plenty of times last year." Treat says he certainly doesn't mind taking more of his patients. Patch says he can't do this with him right now, and drops the bomb: Rose has cancer. Treat doesn't know what to say, and says so. Patch tells Treat that Rose has a tumor encroaching on her spine. "Can you imagine what kind of pain she's in, because I can't." Treat asks what stage. "2B," Patch answers. "I just thought Rose was havin' a little spell, nothing to be too alarmed about, why would I be? The woman barely sneezes at the height of flu season." Treat says that's a good sign; it shows that she's strong. Patch agrees cynically, "Yep, nothing slows her down. Mayor of Everwood, mother of two, she can take care of the whole world and still have dinner on the table by six." He says that Rose looked at her the night before, as they were getting into bed, and he saw fear in her eyes for the first time ever -- and there's nothing he can say to help, because he's scared as hell too. "So what good am I, huh?" He sweeps all the contents of his desk onto the floor. "And it's all my fault." Treat asks why that is. Patch says Rose came to him weeks, maybe even months, ago complaining that her back was hurting, and she wasn't feeling right. Treat says there's no way he could know. Patch says of course not, but if she'd been a patient he would have run tests immediately. "My own wife. I promised her 'through sickness and health,' and the very moment she needs me, I just...failed her." Treat says nothing. Patch hears his 10:00 come in, and goes out to meet them.
In less heartbreaking areas of Everwood, Amy is taking pictures of Hannah and Topher before the prom. Hannah looks beautiful. Topher looks goofy. Amy totally moms it up, all, "Okay, move a little closer. Topher, put your arm around her. How about a little kiss on the cheek?" Amy's camera battery dies, and Hannah just wants to leave, but Amy insists on running upstairs for an extra. While they're waiting, Bright comes home. He takes a good look at Hannah and says, "Damn. You really poured yourself into that dress." He means it as a compliment, but Hannah takes it as a great affront. Topher doesn't make it any better by asking, "Does that mean it's too tight? Can you breathe?" Hannah says through clenched teeth that she's fine, Topher. Bright asks them what they're doing there, anyway. Hannah says they came for Amy, and to tell her they said good night. Bright is so dumb.
Brown House. Delia runs downstairs and asks Treat where her sleeping bag is. Treat tells her to try the hall closet. She starts looking, and Treat asks her how she feels about being cultural tonight. He explains that Nina gave him two tickets to the opera, and maybe they could go together. Delia says she has plans to spend the night with Brittany. Treat says that's fine, he'll just catch up on his reading. He asks Delia if she still reads, because that's very important. Delia is like, "Are you okay, Dad? You sound lonely." Treat says he's fine. Delia suggests he go with Nina. Treat says Nina's busy. Delia: "Did you ask her?" Heh. Treat says if Nina gave him the tickets to go with someone else, it would be weird to ask her. Delia says she knows this might be embarrassing, because she was embarrassed when Brittany asked her if she liked Ethan... Treat interrupts, "You like Ethan?" Delia shoots back, "Do you like Nina?" Treat tries to laugh it off, all, "What? Nooooo. Nina's my friend, and besides, she's dating Jake." Delia: "So? Ethan likes Maggie, but that doesn't mean I can't like him." Treat nods in understanding. Delia says anyway, she doesn't think it's dumb if he likes Nina, and she always kind of wanted him to like her. Treat: "You have?" Delia: "She's perfect for you. She thinks your bad jokes are funny even though they're not, plus she's nice to everyone. The way Mom was." I'm dying. Treat agrees that Nina is, isn't she? Brittany's mom honks, and Delia says she has to go. She tells Treat to pick her up at ten, then says, "Actually, make it 10:30. I've been exhausted lately." Treat grins, and goes back to reading his newspaper. ALONE.
Brenda Baxworth is showing Bright a crappy apartment and trying to pass it off as an awesome steal. Bright says he just needs a minute to call his "associate." His associate turns out to be Hannah, who is standing in the bathroom at her prom. He asks Hannah if six hundred dollars a month is too much for a crappy studio. Hannah: "Oh. Hello, Brighton." Brighton! He's in big trouble. Brighton says he's not sure if it's a good deal. Hannah tells him that he may not have noticed, in his egomaniacal haze, that she is actually at her prom. Bright doesn't care, really, but asks why he doesn't hear any music. Hannah says she's in the bathroom. Bright: "Oh. Number one or number two?" Excellent. Hannah tells him they do not have that kind of relationship. Bright says fine, but she said she would help him with apartment-hunting. Hannah says first of all, she was, but not while she's at her prom. "And secondly? I am clearly not gonna help you NOW." Bright asks why not. Hannah, working herself into a frenzy, says, "Poured myself in? POURED MYSELF IN?" Bright starts smiling to himself, because he's evil. Hannah continues, "What is that, like batter into a pastry slutbag or something?" Bright's all, "What, the dress thing?" Hannah says yes, the dress thing, and asks him why he would say something like that. Bright says it just didn't look like the kind of dress she'd buy. Hannah argues that he's never even seen her in a dress, so how would he know? Bright tells her there's nothing wrong with a tight dress OR a pastry bag, so just chill out. Hannah will not chill out. She says she has to go. Bright tells her to wait. "Do you and that Loafer kid have a toilet talk kind of relationship?" This is so beautiful. Hannah: "His name is TOPHER. And no. I don't know. Goodbye." Bright hangs up his phone, turns to Brenda Baxworth, and tells her "we" might need just a little more time to think about it.
Back at the Brown house, Treat takes the opera tickets and heads out to Ephram's studio, so he and his son can make peace over fat ladies singing loudly in Italian. He knocks, and when nobody answers, walks in. The place is completely empty, except for a few boxes scattered around. Treat goes into shock, collapses, and dies. Oh, you know I'm kidding. He just stands there, as usual. Commercials