Ferret opens to a well dog-eared page in So, You're in a Very Special Episode and You're the Character With the Bad Diagnosis?: Tips For Your Very Special Monologue. Tip One -- Start with how you feel when you wake up in the morning and says, "When I wake up in the morning...there's like...a second when I...forget...that I have this. And then I remember...that I'm not okay. I'm going to get sick...and I'm going to die." Mary goes to hug her and says that there are new drugs every day and people with HIV are living long and productive lives. She says that one of her clients just ran a marathon and another just got married. See? Running and getting married! It's no sweat! "It's only a death sentence if you let it be." When Ferret finds herself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to she, speaking words of wisdom, "Let it be." Ferret breaks down and says she's scared. Mary mashes the heads of Meghan and Ferret together to envelop them both in a mandatory hug. Oboe out of control.
Back at the Pit. Kenny is lamenting about getting dumped by two girls in two days. Wait, only a day has passed? What? Huh? Cam says that it's Kenny's own fault for thinking that he wasn't good enough for her to be interested in. Kenny sits still for a moment to let his lesson sink in. He watches Taylor at her table on the weird close-up where I end up watching the extra behind him. Kenny walks over to Taylor's table and asks how her final went. She dismisses her friends. "Call me!" one of them says, like she'll ever get called. "And this is you...caring?" Taylor asks (It still counts as silly sentence structure when you have a secondary or even tertiary character deliver the lines, you know). Kenny says he never thought she wanted him to cheat because she was stupid. It totally comes out like he thinks she's stupid. He says it's all his "bad." He gets up to go and tells her to have a nice summer. Extreme close-up on Taylor where I watch the young man sitting behind her. She stops Kenny to tell him she has another final on Friday and she'd like him to help her study. The guy behind her is now gone and it's two people. Whatever. They make plans for eight. He is "so there."
Swirly pan from all of Meghan's brochures. Clay walks in. They stare. "Negative," he says, kicking off the acoustic guitar. She exhales and asks what he's doing. "Just admiring how beautiful you are." I vomit all over my cat. Oh, man. He goes on about how every time things are going well in his life, something comes along and screws it up. What's screwing up, Clay? You tested negative! Your girlfriend is negative! You have a free ride to Boston! You get to come and go as you please and attend a school that doesn't ever have classes! Just random finals! Suck that shit up and shut up! "It's like I don't deserve to be happy." Oh, SHUT. UP. She says that everyone feels that way sometimes. He apologizes for being stupid and careless and putting her through all of this. This is candy to ME-ghan's ears, and she can't stop stroking him. "That's all in the past. All we can do is hold each other and focus on the future." Three minutes ago. The past. Hey, you guys? Ferret. Just sayin'. Man. S.E.L.F. C.E.N.T.E.R.E.D.