Texas. Ted is proudly showing "Sutton" the campus, including Greek row. Emma wants to see the library, which strikes Ted as strange. Regardless, she can see how giddily nostalgic the place makes Ted. She can't help but mention Ted's glorious four years at college were the only time Ted was away from Alec. She admits that Alec scares her sometimes. Ted gets ultra-defensive and wonders if someone's been putting ideas in her head. Like Dan, Ted feels deeply indebted to Alec for all the things he's done for the family.
That night, Emma and Ethan compare notes on their respective Alec-centric conversations over Skype. They agree that Alec has a hold on everyone. Emma points out how strange it is that she's a thousand miles away but promises not to make a habit of it. Drunk on possibility, she begins to spin a fairy tale about the truth coming out and her finally getting acceptance from Ted and the college in her true identity. She catches herself, knowing it's probably only a fantasy, but Ethan encourages her that she has a bright future ahead (though he's less guidance counselor-y than I made it sound). Emma tells Ethan she can't imagine being in Texas without him. At that point, Dan staggers up to interrupt and trash talk Ethan's chances of getting into college at all. He wraps his arms and his beer cloud around Ethan and butts in on the lovebirds' conversation, telling "Sutton" not to blow her interview because she was up all night talking with Ethan. Emma abruptly ends the conversation, and Ethan angrily tells Dan, "Don't ever compare [yourself to me]. I still some have some hope -- something you gave up when you became Alec's bitch." There went Dan's buzz.
Cut to a really cheesy dream sequence when Emma chases Sutton into a sorority house. she opens the door to find a tombstone: "Sutton Mercer, Age 17." Even the tombstones are lame in Emma's dreams. She is roused by Ted, who says she overslept.
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.