DCF. The Devil slithers up to Maxine and wonders when Ayesha al Jamal will be leaving the hospital. She tells Maxine that she's found a placement for the girl. Maxine protests that she's working on the case herself. The Devil winds her way around Maxine's leg and hisses that the girl was stabbed for having sex, and needs to be out of that environment. Unwinding her serpentine foe from her limb, Maxine explains that, first of all, Ayesha never had sex, and second, it's not their place to try to change the cultural ideals and practices of the al Jamals, that dealing with diversity is an important part of their job. The Devil's forked little tongue tells Maxine that she has one more day to work on the al Jamals. After that, it's hellfire and brimstone. She then turns into a bat and flies off into the night.
Amy goes to see MacNeil. They talk. No one cares. But I have a contract with Mighty Big TV, and so I must, at least, give you the gist of the conversation: MacNeil is gay. He already went through a big old trauma to clear his name. He doesn't want to do it again. He wants to protect his dignity. Because retiring after being accused of propositioning a hooker in his office is soooooo dignified.
DCF. Brother al Jamal and Mrs. al Jamal have come to see Maxine. Brother admits that it was he who attacked his sister, because he felt that the gossip regarding her virginity was a stain on the family. He was worried that his father would kill Ayesha, and he believed that if he merely hurt her, it would be enough. In fact, he stabbed her to save her life. He's all weepy-eyed. Mrs. al Jamal strokes his hair. He sobs that he loves his sister. Maxine says that they're going to have to talk to the police, but she tells Mrs. al Jamal that now, Ayesha can come home. Maxine Gray: 735,345. The Dark Lord: 0
Back at the Ranch, Maxine finds Evie sitting on the front porch. She's leaving. Forever! Maxine tells Evie that when she was younger, unwed mothers went to group homes, and their babies to orphanage, and she had to walk five miles, uphill, both ways, in the snow, to school, and all they had to eat was hay and they were grateful! She sighs that Peter and Gillian really want Evie's baby, and that she, Maxine, just didn't want to see anyone take advantage of that. Evie pouts. Maxine apologizes for hurting Evie's feelings, but explains that she would do anything to protect her children. She tells Evie that Peter and Gillian will be the same way. Evie whines that Maxine made her feel bad when all she is doing is giving Peter and Gillian something that they want; it's not like actually thinks they're all friends. Maxine huffs that if Evie wants the best for her child, she'll stay, but if she has "other priorities," then maybe she ought to go.