Cersei changes the subject and asks what "she" was like. She means Lyanna Stark, Ned's dead sister and Robert's old fiancée. Robert asks why Cersei is asking, since she's never mentioned Lyanna before, even in passing. "I thought if I didn't talk about her, she'd just fade away for you. When that didn't happen, I didn't bring her up out of spite." "So why now?" "What harm could Lyanna Stark's ghost do to either of us that we haven't done a hundred times over?" Robert confesses, "I can't even remember what she looked like. I only know she was the one thing I ever wanted. Someone took it away from me and seven kingdoms couldn't fill the hole she left behind." Cersei tells him she felt something for him. Once. She asks if there was ever a moment when their relationship could have worked. He says there wasn't and asks if that makes her feel better or worse. "Doesn't make me feel anything." Exit Cersei.
A young lady tells Ned Stark that a baby "looks like him," what with the nose and black hair. And she would like to emphasize that she's been with no one else because "The King was always good to me." I'm not really surprised that Robert had all these bastards, nor am I shocked that he's not taking care of them the way Ned did with Jon Snow. But I'm a little appalled that the mothers are so open about it. Anyway, she says that when Jon Arryn came by, he wanted to know if the boy was happy and healthy. That doesn't seem like the sort of thing that you kill a guy for. Stark says the child will want for nothing. Well, except for the love of his father. Oops! Sorry, that was kind of a downer, wasn't it?
That scene, of course, was in one of Littlefinger's brothels. Littlefinger is lounging around in a different room. It might be an actual lounge, now that I think about it. Brothels are basically composed of bedrooms, lounges, and parlors, right? Well, and industrial-strength showers. Littlefinger cheerfully tells Ned that brothels are a better investment than ships, because whores rarely sink. Ned asks him what he knows about Robert's bastards, and Littlefinger's only guess is that Robert has a lot of them. More than Ned, certainly. He further speculates that Arryn was tracking them down out of some sort of fatherly love by proxy. Jory is momentarily distracted by boobies, but he leaves with Ned.