The doorbell rings, and Meghan, Felicity, and Javier all wait to see who has arrived while Sean answers the door. Javier says hopefully, "Benjameen?" and Meghan says, "I told you this spell is kick-ass." Ben enters the apartment with Lauren. Simultaneously, Meghan, Felicity, and Javier deflate. Javier asks who the lady is, and Felicity says that she doesn't know. Ben catches Felicity's eye and looks at her defiantly, kind of like, "I told you that I wouldn't be alone." Felicity looks upset and hurt, not only that Ben showed up with another woman, but that he seems to be flaunting it in order to hurt her. Don't ask me how I got all that from one facial expression. I told you Keri Russell is good.
Ben introduces Lauren to Meghan, Felicity, and Javier. Meghan is bitchy. Javier tells Lauren that he loves her blouse, and Meghan shoots him a disgusted look. Lauren hands Felicity what looks like a bottle of wine, but I'm going to guess that it's really grape juice or something, seeing as how she's a recovering alcoholic. Lauren thanks them for letting her attend. Meghan says sharply that Ben obviously changed his mind, and Ben says defiantly that he did, then shows Lauren where they can sit.
Javier takes this opportunity to push Felicity and Meghan into the kitchen, the better to gossip about what just happened and observe Ben and Lauren. Javier apologizes for the blouse comment. Meghan asks who Lauren is, and Felicity says that Lauren is in AA with Ben's dad. Which she really shouldn't reveal, technically, but whatever. Meghan snipes, "Ben's dating a drunk." See, that's why you're not supposed to tell -- it's supposed to be anonymous. Felicity corrects Meghan, terming Lauren a "recovering alcoholic," and says that Ben's not dating her. Felicity goes on to say that she thinks it's nice that Ben brought Lauren, who had nowhere else to go. Meghan says what's on all of our minds by commanding, "Admit that you just want to wring her neck." Felicity says shortly, "He's allowed to be with whoever he wants," and leaves. Keep saying it, sister, and you might believe it. She's clearly upset and jealous. I admire that Felicity is trying to be reasonable, though. Javier shakes his head and comments, "She's so strong. Like Joan of Arch." Hee!
In the living room, Trevor talks football with Lauren. Sean hands out beers to everyone but Lauren. Seriously, what is with Sean and the beer? Felicity walks up and offers to get Lauren something, but Ben snarks, "No, we're fine." Like, in other words, "Leave us the hell alone." Felicity looks chastened. Ben excuses himself and walks out of the room. Felicity looks after him, unsure if she should follow him or what.