Isaac says he still cares about her and that means that he wants her to stay the hell away from Peter. Simone's all, you're not the boss of me! Just because you're all clean and hot and probably smell like cinnamon doesn't mean you can tell me to stay away from my new lovah! She goes to leave, asking Isaac one last time to look for Peter. Dude, he just TOLD you he was looking for the damn boy! Let's assume he's going to KEEP ON looking for him! Isaac says he'll try to find Peter and then tells her to keep her key. She grabs it off the table and walks out. Isaac stares at the New York painting and wonders if he added himself and Simone to the painting, maybe making out or something, would Simone think that they should get back together and dump that stupid exploding Peter? He gets his paints ready, just in case inspiration should strike.
Odessa. Land of Angry Puffy Dogs. Mr. Muggles is sitting next to Claire as she reads from her Book of Manatees. Mr. Muggles makes little growling noises. Mr. Muggles is my new favorite character. Claire is trying to convince her mother to let Zach and her drive to Lubbock to go to the aquarium there. Zach cautiously watches Mrs. Bennet to see if she's buying any of this. Wait -- is Zach wearing suspenders? Rainbow suspenders? ARE THOSE RAINBOW SUSPENDERS ZACH IS WEARING? What is he, Mork from Ork? Or maybe this is just Thomas Dekker's way of saying, "Fuck you, agents and handlers who didn't want Zach to be gay! You may have won the battle, but you have not won the war! P.S. These rainbow suspenders are FABULOUS." Upon closer inspection, I see that they are not, indeed, rainbow suspenders, but they are suspenders nonetheless, and they are far from fabulous.
Claire works over her mother but good, ending her plea with a deadpan, "The manatee is a very noble creature." Hee. The writers are getting all sorts of humor out of the poor manatee. Mrs. Bennet asks if Zach's car is in working order, and he says it is, and she gives them permission to drive to Lubbock. She tells them to be back in time for fajitas, and Claire giggles and hugs her mother as Mr. Muggles growls, "Back off, sister! The gravy train is MINE." Mrs. Bennet leaves the room, and Claire asks Zach if he has the directions to Kermit. He does. But he wonders what will happen if her mother wants proof of their aquarium visit. Claire hands him a brochure she picked up at the Motel 6 and some tickets that she printed off her computer. This is a very detail-oriented plan she's brewed up. She's quite clever, that Claire.