A little later, "Sutton" is chatting up the tennis coach at team practice. The coach is quite clear that Sutton's Mean Girl reputation precedes her. Emma insists, "I'm a totally different person now," and the coach takes it at face value. Up in the bleachers, Ted asks the scout if he thinks Sutton is up to the challenge of university athletics. Randy questions whether Sutton has the heart for it since she was the only recruit who didn't respond to the initial recruitment package they sent her.
Back in Arizona, Laurel spots Justin across the quad at school and wonders why he missed their latte date during free period. He makes a weak excuse about oversleeping and basically blows her off to talk to one of his golf buddies. The friend senses the tension and excuses himself. Laurel asks if everything's okay, and Justin insinuates that Laurel has turned controlling. When Laurel asks him why his attitude has suddenly changed, Justin throws everything back on her repeatedly, ultimately suggesting they take a break. She struggles to hold back the tears before throwing the lattes at his feet and stomping off.
Texas. Ted walks Sutton into her interview. He gives her the sweetest dad talk ever, which is completely bittersweet for Emma since all the wonderful things he's saying aren't really about her. Ted's phone rings. It's Alec. Emma excuses herself, and Ted can't help mentioning that "Sutton" has been freaked out by Alec's intensity. He tells him to take it down a notch. Alec's other line rings, so he says goodbye to Ted and switches over. Dan tells him they had "company" during their trailer altercation.
Mercer house. Kristin is attempting the impossible task of consoling a bawling Laurel.
College interview. The admissions officer says the uptick in Sutton's grades has made a huge difference in her chances for getting in. Before this semester, she was a long shot even with her athletic ability and legacy status. She wonders what changed, asking, "Who is Sutton Mercer, and how did she get to where she is today?" Emma sums up Sutton's spoiled, solipsistic existence up to that point, then segues into her own story about getting a second chance and embracing it to the fullest. She says she feels like she's living a dream and promises to do anything to hang on to it.
That night, Ted and "Sutton" return home, triumphant about the day. Ted wonders where Laurel is, and Kristin breaks the news about her split with Justin. Emma runs in to check up on Laurel while Kristin brings Ted up to speed that Laurel is most upset because she thinks Justin's keeping something from her. In Laurel's room, she's saying much the same to "Sutton." She adds that she thinks it might have something to do with Ted. "Sutton" insists that Laurel find a private place to talk with Justin so she can hear his side of the story. She thinks he owes Laurel that much. Laurel still feels terrible but appreciates "Sutton's" support.