Meanwhile, Alec treats Rebeccannie to a steak dinner, which is code for "Thanks for all the sex and sinister foreplay you've been doing with me." He says Mads mentioned they had lunch earlier. She mentions that "Sutton" was there and calls it "delightful, albeit it a little strange." She tells him they were asking questions about his whereabouts the other night. He clearly bristles at this information but quickly brushes it off and returns to his delicious steak. Rebeccannie senses his shifting moods and thinks, "Why the hell not?" She mentions Ted's outburst. Alec calls her out for teasing and/or taunting Ted -- but does it in such a way that you can tell he thinks it's totally hot and utterly amusing. Rebeccannie plays coy, saying that kind of behavior isn't in her nature. Alec plays along, and I'm pretty sure he's thinking about all the kinky shit they do in the sack that tells him otherwise. Say what you will about Adrian Pasdar and Charisma Carpenter, they really bring the grime and the sex to this show.
Back at the res, Sutton finds Ethan setting up a fire for the cold night ahead. She positions herself to receive Ethan's frustrations about his call to Emma. He takes baby steps, admitting she was right about not calling. Sutton plays the sympathetic figure, insisting Emma loves Ethan and would do anything for him. Mind you, she does self-consciously stroke her hair, showing that she knows it's true and is a little insecure about it. Ethan notes that she was telling the truth for once. She admits that truthfulness and vulnerability scare her, that putting herself out there like he and his dad have the last few days is scary. He says it was worth it and says she should try it sometime.
She musters up her courage and says half-abashedly, "I love you, Ethan. I always have. I know I screwed up, and there's no going back. But I think that's why I fought so hard." He sits back, silent. She natters on about blushing, and he finally speaks up, telling her it must be the fire. It's not an all-business, get-it-together comment like you'd expect from Ethan. It's sympathetic, gentle. He admits, "I'm doing it, too." She reaches out for his cheek, and he doesn't pull back. He actually leans into it, lets it linger, than grabs her hand and allows the urge to kiss her wash over him. They embrace with passion. Ethan may have lit the fire, but that's what Sutton brings. If nothing else, this moment harkens back to the first time Ethan launched himself onto Emma and quickly decided Emma couldn't be Sutton because she didn't kiss the same. Sutton, so cold and shut off in so many ways, is not closed off when it comes to these moments. She throws herself in them. Emma requires more gentleness, more finesse. Ethan is obviously able to accommodate and attracted to both. All of which is to say, man this is messed up.