Mercer house. Kristin and Ted read "Sutton" the riot act. She insists she could never watch Ethan kill her best friend's ex-boyfriend and leaves. Like Alec, Ted and Kristin are perplexed that Ethan could leave "Sutton" on the hook like this. Ted vows not to let Ethan step foot in the house ever again. The doorbell rings. Mads and Thayer have come over to check on "Sutton," but Kristin shuts that notion down. Emma overhears them updating Ted and Kristin about what they've heard on Alec's end. She has enough and heads back to her room, where Laurel is waiting. She gives "Sutton" a huge hug and promises to be there for her. Emma says she knows, which surprises Laurel a bit considering how distant "Sutton" has been. She insists her big sister must be very strong not to be bawling her eyes out. "Sutton" says she can't give in to all the emotions she's feeling right now. Laurel tells her, "You can with me," and they hug.
Back at the ranch, Ethan and Sutton return home after a shopping excursion. She thanks him for backing her up and apologizes for being a horrible girlfriend. He says it wasn't all bad and apologizes that there weren't more high fashion options on the reservation. Sutton insists she can be down-to-earth and points back to a school camping trip when she wore hiking boots. Hiking boots! Give that girl a medal. Ethan reminds her that she took down the entire trip's power when she plugged in her flat iron. "But," she says coyly, "do you remember what we did after the power went out?" He sees what's happening and tells her she'll be sleeping in the guest bedroom. Speaking of bedrooms, Emma is in Sutton's crying quietly while she looks at pictures of Ethan. Outside the window, Thayer stares at her like a creep. Like his father.
The next morning, Sutton finds Ethan exercising the horses and trying to figure out what could have happened to Derek. She tries to keep things light, but Ethan is once again, like, "They think I killed someone, you dumb skag." Still, he takes time from his living hell to teach her how to ride a horse. Because Sutton has a leap list and his troubles aren't that important. Clearly. She gets up in the saddle and immediately the horse takes off in a gallop. Some D-grade stunt people are shown from the back as "Ethan" rescues "Sutton." I'm pretty sure this may have been footage ripped straight from A Taste of Romance or Honeymoon for One... name your Hallmark Channel movie, and you've seen these "wacky" shenanigans before.