Speaking of, he runs into his kids at the club after a tennis match. Says Thayer, "Win at all costs, right Dad?" I don't think he's being snide. I think he's been bought and paid for faster than you can say "Angry Birds." Appropriately, Alec asks the status on Thayer and the venture capitalists. They have a meeting Monday, his son reports. Alec's phone rings, and he excuses himself. Thayer asks if Mads has wished Sutton a happy birthday Mads plans to later that day. She idly asks if "Sutton" was acting strange at dinner the other night, like she was fishing for information. Thayer plays it casual but acknowledges he did notice it.
Across the club, Dan Whitehorse reports to Alec that Alec's plan worked, and Derek's been brought in. Alec says he'll be there ASAP.
On the driving range, Laurel comes over to give Justin a big kiss and invite him to come decorate the ballroom for Sutton's birthday. It was Kristin's idea, she brags. Justin's more concerned about how Ted is acting, though he admits he doesn't know what he's worried about. He wonders if she would hold it against him for skipping the party. She says she wouldn't, but wonders why. He gives her a big kiss and says, "You've just gotta trust me, Laurel. I'm never going to let anything come between us." Scaaaary. That was a line delivery straight out of No One Would Tell.
Inside, Ted and Kristin prepare everything for the party as Emma comes in to tell them the truth. The Mercers are too distracted by keeping things from her (such as a cake in a box that's -- appropriately-- about as big as a coffin) that they take a while to notice that she's obviously keeping something from them. Finally Kristin senses something is up. Emma begins to choke out the words. She backs into her revelation by thanking Kristin for all the memories they've made together over the last few weeks. "I know you value honesty," she says. "It's really everything isn't it?" agrees Kristin. "These last few weeks... it's like we've found it again. I look into your eyes, Sutton -- it's the same eyes I looked into when you were two days old: Filled with such trust. You finally got that back, and I am so grateful." Emma begins to cry, thinking aloud, "This is really hard." Kristin only makes it worse by telling her, "The key to love is trust." Emma backs down again, instead running into Kristin's arms. When Ted walks by some idle ribbing, she practically pounces on him in a hug. Of course he wonders why she's acting so weird. She forgives him in her heart, saying she knows everything he's done was for his family. Then she abruptly leaves.