I wish they'd cued "Sour Cherry" again, from when Jenny brought Nate to Butter right here, actually: "Shout when you wanna get off the ride... Now I'm only sour cherry on the fruitstand ... / We could be movers, we could be shakers... G-g-g-go home, go home, it's over..." But GG gets it done: "Don't look so sad, Little J, the sun'll come out tomorrow... Even though your boyfriend did today."
Eric dashes into the suite at the Palace, thinking about how that could have gone slightly better, and how that's not true, it's been awful, and now he has had and lost his first boyfriend, and he won't be able to look in the mirror for awhile and say, "Somebody loves me," because he has gone from the group of people that have boyfriends to the people that don't anymore, but at least now he knows the truth about Asher, and actually and in fact, everybody does, about everything, every single thing, including things he stood in front of the world and said, out loud, when he couldn't even tell his mother, and tomorrow there's school, which is going to be weird, but he can deal with it, and I'm imagine he's wondering most of all what time it is in Monte Carlo right now, so he doesn't even notice his mother, still sitting in the middle of the sofa with her teacup, where she's been for hours, sitting, until she speaks. Babbles, actually.
"Hey! ...Um, I made... Uh, some tea, but ... um ... Look, my reaction earlier..." He tells her it's okay, but first of all no it fucking wasn't, and secondly, she shouldn't believe him this time anyway. "No, it's not okay. You just caught me off guard. I guess I ... I just wasn't ready." He admits he wasn't, quite, either, so he gets it: "It's okay if you need time." She looks at him a bit: this amazing kid. "Well. Since you're being so honest, I'm gonna, um, try as well ... okay?" He watches her as she leans back, and tears well in her eyes, and she whispers: "I'm scared." He nods and her voice gets stronger: "And life is tough enough as it is, you know? I want... the best for you. And um... I'm worried for your safety? ...And your happiness." He sits down, explaining one more time the thing that nobody else on this entire show has figured out: "I have a better chance of being happy if I'm honest."