A storm's a-brewin' in Portland, and I'm not just talkin' 'bout the weather. Cate hits the ground running when she proposes to Ryan (he accepts) and asks Lux to be her Maid of Honor. She makes a quick call to Abby, who naturally assumes that MoH duties are reserved for the sister. To break the news that she's been bumped, Cate makes a surprise appearance at Abby's yoga class and finds Baze engaged in a suspicious downward dog. She intuits that he is the "mystery man" her mom said Abby's been seeing and flips out. Abby's plus-one invite to the wedding is hereby rescinded. Cate tries to run away from her problems by suggesting she and Ryan elope on the coast that very night. Since he, too, is unexcited about his crazy relatives making fireworks on the big day, he agrees. They book a hotel and a minister for the next morning. And then the storm hits.
Cate heads over to Baze's loft to pick up MoH Lux. Except she's not there. She's gone to Jones's house for a party and overreacted epically when she saw Jones kissing another girl (after she full-out rejected him not five minutes before, mind you). Ryan picks up Lux, and they take shelter in the radio station because the storm has knocked out the power and forced road closure. Lux shares her life story (Too! Many! Flashbacks!), and Ryan diagnoses her almost crippling fear of rejection -- he's seen plenty of it in her mom! Speaking of, the fit hits the shan at the loft when Cate and Abby have it out and Cate lets it slip that she never really wanted Abby as her MoH in the place. Baze kicks Abby when she's down by breaking up with her via the first -- and worst -- lie he can muster. He tells Abby he can't date her because he has feelings for Cate. Of course Cate hears this and freaks out. It's her go-to response. Baze ultimately comes clean to both sisters, though Abby suggests there may be more to his fib than he lets on. For her part, she admits that she may have been bedding Baze as a way to get to Cate. Long story short, she felt pushed out when Cate got knocked up and started distancing herself from everyone. With all this mess out on the table, the whole gang gathers together for an unnaturally joyous liquid brunch, in which Cate and Ryan announce their nuptials will take place in two weeks. Everyone's invited. So bring it, suckas.
Previously: The family endured an intense therapy session that simultaneously ripped them apart and brought them closer together. Lux, too, was torn between Bug and Jones. And Baze tore it up in the bedroom with Cate's sister Abby before deciding to give monogamy a shot. Now there are pieces aplenty to pick up on all fronts.
It's a particularly dreary morning in Portland, and a storm seems to be a-brewin'. Luckily, Cate and Ryan are uncharacteristically lying in bed, happy as clams, and listening to a repeat of their show in the background. Across town, Baze wakes up to find Abby moving some of her stuff into his sock drawer. Premature much? He pulls her back into bed, mainly to avoid getting girly panties mixed up with his boxers. Meanwhile, Cate brings Ryan breakfast in bed. Or, should I say, a proposal in bed. He agrees to marry her. Again.
Westmonte. Jones is giving Lux the silent treatment after the dance debacle. He's pretty worthless at it, though, because it only takes about two sentences from her before he's inviting her over to a party he's throwing that night, since his parents have left town. He snarks that she should bring her boyfriend, because it's been too long. Honestly, he's being a pretty good sport about the whole thing.
Back at the house, Cate and Ryan look at a website that espouses to simplify the wedding planning process with an easy (250-item) checklist. Ryan is surprised that Cate's getting into the whole bride thing. She says she's turned over a new leaf, and it's a sign of her commitment. She scans down the list to see the check for "Choose Maid of Honor." She wonders if Lux will say yes. I wonder what her floozy of a sister will think getting snubbed for the newbie like that. That afternoon, Cate's dolled up in the dress from the wedding expo as she asks Lux to be her MoH. Lux is honored by the request. Cate moves on to whether her dress might have bad mojo.
Before Lux answers, the phone rings. On the other end is Abby, bitching that Cate has kept her out of the loop with her many engagements, un-engagements, and re-engagements. Honestly, I'm barely in the loop, and I write this crap down. So don't feel so bad, sister who only shows up to make horrible decisions and give dreadfully awkward sex talks. Abby whines that she heard the news in a voicemail from their mother and that it's like they're not even sisters. Cate says she heard Abby's been "shacking up with some mystery man" of late. Lux takes that as her cue to exit as fast as humanly possible. Cate extends the offers that mystery man can be Abby's plus-one, and Abby sidesteps that disaster-in-wait by saying she'll probably be too busy with her Maid of Honor duties. Cate grimaces as Abby starts planning the bridal shower.