"Who gives socks for Christmas?" Ferret chirps, as she and Meghan stuff boxes. "They're called 'Grandparents,'" Meghan "Monotone Means Comedy" Green shoots back. Ferret sets them up and Meghan knocks them down, people. Ferret asks what she should buy Clay for Christmas. Meghan puts on her awkward face and keeps it on for the remainder of the scene. She says she hasn't a clue. Ferret says that Clay has been acting "so weird" lately, and that he won't answer her invitation to spend Christmas skiing with her family. Quick question: If your mother were in a wheelchair, would you be traipsing off to ski with your new girlie-girl on Christmas? Don't worry, it's rhetorical. "Oh, well, maybe it's just family stuff," Ferret decides. Meghan asks how long Clay's mom has been in a wheelchair. Ferret stops all wrapping to give Meghan a look. "He told you about that?" Three episodes ago, kid. Meghan says it sort of "came up." "A few years ago. It was terrible. They actually had to cut Clay and his mother out of the car. She had like thirteen hours of surgery and ended up paralyzed." Meghan asks about Clay's dad. "I only know he left." "Clay doesn't talk about him?" "Not to me." Meghan gives the One-Up smile as Ferret asks for Meghan's finger. It's to help wrap, not to poke her in the eye, as I was wishing so desperately might happen. Close-up on bow.
Mitch and Laura the Pretty Project Engineer are talking building talk as they pack up their things. Mitch makes a joke about not seeing her until "next year." He offers a handshake for Merry Christmas. Laura asks if they are doing anything special for Christmas. He says that they're pretty traditional -- just presents, cider, and Miracle on 34th Street "until the coma kicks in." Laura "just remembers" that she's got a gift for him. She turns to the right and picks up the giant bag that was at her feet. I guess the two of them never bothered to look down? She pulls it out of the bag. It's a suitcase-shaped gift wrapped with a bow. Mitch says she didn't have to and that he didn't get her anything because he didn't know they were exchanging gifts. She says that it's fine and that she didn't give him any warning. Mitch puts the suitcase-shaped gift down on the table like it's a suitcase that he's about to open and opens up the suitcase. Somehow, he's still surprised. She turns it over so that he can see it's engraved with his initials "MLG." He's all "Oh, my God" and stuff and says that he can't accept it. She's like, "No, it's no big deal." Of course it's yours, Mitch, it's engraved. It's not like she can give it back. Unless Mary's middle name is "Lynn," you're keeping it, buddy. He says that he's usually a good gift giver and she says that next year she'll find out first-hand. He says that he really shouldn't, so of course she insists. And...scene.