The waiter pops up to ask if they're ready to order, but Lauren says she should be going. Instead of getting Kate and Michael's orders, the waiter nods and LEAVES for some reason, like, nice service. Lauren, sliding out from the booth, knocks her purse to the floor, spilling a few things, so as she and Kate scoop things up, Lauren apologizes. "I'm sorry about all this," she stage-whispers, and she sounds sincere about it, which means her behaviour for the rest of the episode is a bit of a surprise. When she finally stands to go, Kate is the one who finally asks her to stay for dinner, but Lauren says she can't, what with the two of them all dressed up, and she doesn't want to intrude if this is something special. "No, no, it's just dinner," says Michael, a little too casually, and Lauren couldn't have missed the look Kate shoots him (although Michael, naturally, is oblivious). But Kate recovers herself to confirm that this is indeed just dinner, so Lauren sits back down and gets ready for a seven-course meal of stink-eye from Kate.
The next day at the coffee shop, Kate shows up late, and a coffee-buying Victoria is wanting to know where the hell she's been since she was calling her all night for the news, and Kate irritably says that there's no news, and Victoria says, "As in 'no news is good news'?" whatever that's supposed to mean, like, it's pretty clear Kate's pissed off about something, and Kate says Michael brought his ex-girlfriend to dinner. Victoria's all, yeah, that would be defined as bad news, and Kate says the ex-girlfriend also happens to be her new client. Correction: that's bad, bizarre news, says Victoria. So Kate blasts Michael, setting aside the fact that Lauren is Kate's client (which she should realize Michael had no idea about), but she says bringing his ex-girlfriend on a date is incredibly inappropriate. "Kate? Maybe it wasn't a date," says Victoria, who then apologizes for I don't know, stating the obvious? Kate realizes she might be right, but if it wasn't a date, she sure in hell doesn't know what it was. Victoria says Michael has the mixed signals thing down pat. "I hate him," she says supportively. Kate thanks her, but continues to make her Sad Kate face. "Everything I thought, I feel like such an idiot for thinking," she says, prompting Victoria to crank up the supportive girlfriend routine to eleven, pointing out (accurately) that Michael's the one who's confused. Kate unconvincingly says she's done with him.