Lux starts crying and brings up all the pent-up angst she has about Cate abandoning her 16 years ago and never once checking to see if things worked out. Cate says she thought she was doing the right thing for Lux, but Lux accuses her of only being concerned with what was right for Cate. Baze steps up to take some of the blame, but Lux backhandedly lets him off, saying, "No one who knew you would have expected you to be there." Harsh. Cate reminds Lux she was 16 years old and had no one to turn to because of her drunk of a mom and her out-of-the-picture dad. She admits she had no idea what a good parent was and couldn't possibly have been one herself.
At that, Lux brings up the really heavy stuff. How she was in a hospital, no family to calm her fears, until she was three. Her abusive, lying parents. "Where were you?" Lux says she and Tasha used to make up stories about their mothers, coming up with crazy reasons why they had to give up their babies. She says they couldn't believe any normal, caring person could do it. She says Cate gave her away like she was nothing, like she didn't matter. Cate, who is also crying at this point, tells Lux she matters now. But it's too late. Lux says "Now doesn't count." She announces that she refuses to forgive Cate and walks out the door.
Baze and Cate sit there stunned. The social worker tries to comfort them by saying they actually had a break-through and that things should actually get better from here. She says this showed that they are a real family and agrees to keep Lux in their custody. She further urges them to pursue getting their parental rights reinstated. She assures them that Lux, by allowing herself to open up, might have shown that she is the most committed to patching up the relationship. Cate assures her that Lux never has to worry about losing them again. The social worker says she needs no convincing but that Lux does.
Cate makes her way to Bug's apartment. Lux doesn't answer, so she slips an envelope under the door and tells her to take a look. That is, assuming Lux hasn't hit the open road by now.
Cate's next stop is Ryan's. She thinks that he could talk to Lux since he has experience not-forgiving Cate. Ryan tells her she can't keep coming to him like this. Cate agrees it's not fair and apologizes. Before she leaves, she confesses that she never held Lux on the day of her birth. She knew she'd want to keep her, so she pushed her away. She admits she's been doing this her whole life, until recently. She says Lux has changed her. The moment she arrived, she "saw a dream she wasn't afraid to want." She acknowledges she's made many mistakes, chief amongst which was lying about Baze, but says she was terrified of losing not only Ryan but also the person she was becoming. She says he doesn't have to forgive her, or even understand where she's coming from, but could he help her? Ryan squirms while hearing all of this. He leaves her question hanging in the air.