At the diner, Margaret is preparing to lock up as she tells Brennan that her mother didn't just leave that one time - she'd go on a binge and then crawl back, and Margaret's the one that had to fill in for her. "Robbed me of my life." Victim mentality, it's true, especially for someone whose brother set her up as he did, but it's also true that she doesn't have to welcome Mae back into her life, and at least her attitude is consistent. Anyway, when they get outside, Brennan tells her that the best days of her life are still ahead of her, but as if to disagree, a car comes rolling up, and Brennan gets Margaret down to the ground just ahead of a dude shooting several bullets their way, shattering the diner's windows. I'd imagine drive-bys are covered by the standard Bayonne insurance package, though.
When we return, we're at the hospital, and Patrick finds Margaret with a cut-up face getting looked at by an ER nurse, like, I know the situation was dire but did Brennan actually bash her face into the ground in the process of saving her? Speaking of whom, where is he? Probably working on figuring out who shot at them, but you'd think he would have stayed at least until her family got there. And again speaking of whom, when Margaret sees their mother she looks at Patrick like he just stepped on her puppy, like, she knew about the dinner so I don't know why this is the biggest surprise in the world, but I suppose it's an emotional time for her, given that she starts sobbing and then stifles herself so she can yell at Patrick and Stacy Keach to get her out of there. The two guys, however, just stand there like slackjawed yokels, so thank God for Theresa stepping in and kindly escorting Mae out of there, and Stacy Keach then has the nerve to get upset with Margaret before storming away, like FUCK OFF, Stacy Keach. You being this hard up is no one else's problem. Patrick tells Margaret that if anything happened to her, he'd never forgive himself, and then can't resist speculating that Brennan was involved. Margaret of course defends him, but Theresa returns to defer any further fighting by pulling Patrick aside and asking, very reasonably, if it's safe for them to go home. Patrick says they'll put some security on and everything will be fine, so Theresa goes to take the girls and Mae home and leaves Patrick to catch a ride with Johnny, who's probably moving a little slowly considering the seventeen belts of booze he had at "dinner."