Halls of Justice. Case One; OCD versus Stepdad. Stepdad is explaining that he has raised Carolyn since she was tiny; taking her to dance class and soccer practice, reading to her, that Carolyn calls both him and Brody "Dad." Stepdad says that he thinks of Carolyn as his daughter, that his home is the only home she knows. He starts to cry when he explains that he wants to see her grow up. "I've lost my wife," Stepdad tells Amy. "Please, Please Don't Take My Daughter." Poor Stepdad.
Over at Casa Vincent, my boyfriend and his other girlfriend come home from the movies. They start making out. Vincent asks the Girlfriend if she wants to "stay," which, I believe, is a shortened form of "stay and have sex." She does. Vincent very dramatically rips off his coat and tosses it on the floor. She laughs. I laugh. They get on the couch and go at it. It's very hot and heavy -- especially for CBS, my God! -- when the Girlfriend stops Vincent and says she "can't." Vincent exhibits both awareness of the importance of safe sex and of personal hygiene when he tells the Girlfriend that he's "been tested, and the sheets are clean." The Girlfriend says, "it's not that" (oh, I guess STDs and skeevy bed linens are no problem for her. That's lovely, then), but explains that "since the attack, everything makes [her] nervous and [she] doesn't want to be nervous about this." In case you forgot -- because not only have they been showing reruns in a confusing order, this is also the first new episode in a while -- Vincent and The Girlfriend met when he tried to save her from being attacked in a supermarket parking lot. That's the episode that's airing next week, and there is a lot of shirtless Vincent, so, if you're a fan, tune in. If you're not a fan, he also takes a bullet, so tune in for that. Ahem, back to the topic at hand: Vincent very kindly tells the Girlfriend that he can wait for her to be ready. What a nice boy.
At Willy Loman's Old Skool Insurance, Amy and Peter are talking about getting the roof fixed. It's gonna run them $12,000. They wonder where they're going to get the money, because none of them have any. Now, Peter and Gillian don't have any dough because they spent it all trying to get her pregnant, and Vincent is a writer just out of college and doesn't have any money (that part's true to life, let me tell you), but Amy is a freaking judge. Is she spending it all on hair products? She says she's broke because she's fighting her ex for more child support, but I still find it hard to believe. I find it even harder to believe what she next reveals, which is that she isn't paying Maxine any rent, and only occasionally chips in for groceries and whatnot. Peter reads her the riot act for being so selfish, and I never, ever thought I'd say this, but, go Peter. I'd also like to point out that Peter and Amy are drinking scotch, neat, throughout this scene. Amy asks Peter what happened to him, that he used to be "the cool one, the guy in the band, who was working to legalize marijuana!" She wonders disdainfully when he became "this guy." Peter downs his shot of booze, and looks at her. "Dad died," he says, "and I grew up. Someone had to." Amy stares at him balefully, turns on her heel, and takes off. I hate to say it, but Peter has a point. Man, Amy, pay your poor Mom some rent!