Back at the Mercer homestead, Emma overhears as Laurel explains (read: lies) that she stole Sutton's laptop out of jealousy. Kristin's heart goes to Ethan. Ted assures her that the charges have been dropped, Ethan's suspension has been lifted, and he's been re-hired at the club. Laurel plays the repentant soul pitch-perfectly as Ted tells her she's grounded until further notice. She leaves, and Emma catches up with her to check that she's fine. Laurel adopts a shit-eating grin as she pats herself on the back for an Oscar-worthy performance. She says it was to return the favor for Emma setting her up with Justin. Emma points out that Laurel won't be able to see Justin anymore because of her little theatrical act, but Laurel is sure Ted and Kristin will soften up and set her free inside of a week. In the meanwhile, Sutton has a handy escape route through her room. Emma smiles, "You are evil." Says Laurel, "I learned from the master."
Back in L.A., Thayer is using some super-high-tech photo tool to fill in the pixels of the picture of Emma and her mom. Alas, the tool does nothing for the fact that it looks like a damn mannequin is holding a real-life baby. They zoom in on a water tower in the background of the picture and make out the words "FILLMORE, CA." Thayer proposes a road trip, and Sutton excitedly leaps onto him in a bear hug. He is hesitant at first, but then gets really into it, like clinging-desperately into it. They cut to the next scene just before Sutton asks, "Thayer, is that a pencil in your pocket?"
That night, Emma is studying "twintuition" when the doorbell rings. She answers it to find Ethan and is confused because they were set to meet later at the lookout. He's not here to see her, however. Ted has called him over so Laurel can personally apologize for nearly ruining his life. As he heads upstairs to get her, Kristin with her own sympathy-apology by way of a huge hug that clearly makes Ethan uncomfortable. After Laurel dutifully doles out another teary "I'm sorry" performance, Ted dismisses her, turns to Ethan, and is basically, like, "So we're done with you now?" Ethan thanks him for acknowledging how this all went down. Ted tells him point-blank, "It was my wife's idea, son." Seriously cold, man.