New York. Marin proudly takes her turkey out of the oven, throws the dove a promise to get her home, and then opens the door to Liza, who mopes that she and Rob broke up. Marin invites Liza to have dinner with her and Jane, and tells Liza to get her a cup of water for the gravy. Liza goes to run the tap, which explodes, spraying water everywhere. Oh no, the TV dinner's ruined! Well, the odds were against it all along.
Later, Marin wanly sponges up a puddle of water as Miss Frankel emerges from the back with the super. Whatever Marin did to "fix" the shower head contrived the pipes. (I promise, it's not important.) Marin has to pay for the damage to the downstairs apartment as well, and as Miss Frankel leaves, Marin bleats that she thinks her apartment is breaking up with her; she's lost her sanctuary. Please: someone put her in a shoebox. Liza asks what they're going to do for dinner, and Jane says that there won't be a table available anywhere in town. Marin hopefully says that they have to be able to find something.
Cut to: our three ladies, looking at their menus in a diner. Liza says that it's the most depressing Thanksgiving ever, while Marin notes that there isn't even a turkey burger on the menu, like, as if. New York diners put every damn thing on the menu. You'll be flipping through looking for grilled cheese and stumble past rigatoni, vichysoisse, and vegetarian chili. Anyway, Jane's phone rings, and of course, it's Sam. She reports that she's at the corner of "Greasy and Depressing." Marin defensively says that the diner has the best burgers in New York, so it's not that depressing, but right on cue, Liza notices a woman at an adjacent table, dining in her bathrobe.
Celia's/Jack's. Both Celia and Jack are in the office; he calls her out for avoiding the Buzzes, and she tartly replies that it takes one (avoider) to know one. He pleads work, but she says that no one likes to be alone on Thanksgiving. He claims he's fine with it (and he probably is; Thanksgiving isn't that big a deal to CANADIANS), but Celia says that Jack is in denial about his feelings for Marin. Jack tries to play it off, but Celia says that, as a cop, she's trained to notice things like that. Jack will only allow that he used to like Marin, but now he doesn't, because he can't trust her, but Celia is still in a truth-telling mood, informing Jack that LYNN is the one he can't trust: "Lynn left you, four months ago. You let Marin leave four days ago, because you're a stubborn ass!" Jack, left without a comeback, pouts that if he wanted Celia's advice, he'd ask for it, but Celia tells him that he actually wouldn't. She advises him not to make the same mistake she did: "I loved someone for twenty-six years, and I didn't do or say anything. And now look at me! I'm alone, and he's married, to a woman who makes Jell-O." Hey! It's probably rare for the pre-made cups to show up in stores in Elmo. Jack stares at Celia like he finally might be twigging to the fact that she's right, and she brings it on home: "Make the Jell-O, Jack. Make the Jell-O! Before someone else makes it for you!" Jack doesn't quite follow the analogy she's making, and takes off, flummoxed.
Diner. Jane is picking at her burger when Liza enthuses that when Marin moves back to New York, they can room together. Marin replies that if she moves back to New York, she'll be living alone. Jane asks when her moving back became an "if" proposition. Marin explains that she thought that coming back to New York meant she was coming home, but now she doesn't know what home is. Liza takes the literal meaning, reminding Marin that she was born in New York (which I guess means their parents have moved to Florida or something, since they're nowhere in sight?), but Marin thinks that "home" is the place that makes one feel most like oneself. Neither Jane nor Liza has an answer for that. Marin complains that her stomach hurts. Jane chalks that up to the terrible food, but we're obviously supposed to remember what a stomach ache means for Marin as she says that Elmo made her feel happy and accepted. Liza intuits that Marin misses Jack, but Marin says that she misses Elmo: "Things were quieter there. Slower. I could think. I don't know if I'm ready for the deadlines of a book right now." Jane, a bit harshly, says that publishers won't wait for her forever, and Marin whines back, "How am I supposed to write a new chapter if I don't know what my next chapter is going to be?" Jane doesn't really seem to care much whether Marin's dumb memoir is based on true events, but anyway, she doesn't say anything as Liza suggests that they write a pro/con list for each of Elmo and New York. Marin thinks that's a great idea, and wants to start with Elmo. Here's a con: you apparently have to make your own Jell-O.