Changing gears, Kate challenges Michael about the fact that he seemed to like Amy just fine before. Apparently she really does believe that if you like someone after one or two dates, that's the ball game. I can see why she makes a great matchmaker, as long as the only thing she ever has anything to do with is first dates. Michael says that the early days of hiking-liking were apparently "an aberration." He wanted it to work and he let it go on, but now it's time to get out. Kate chides him that he needs to come clean with Amy, and he acknowledges that he needs to, but protests that breaking up isn't "one of [his] strong suits." I would think it would be pretty sad to be a person where breaking up was one of your strong suits, actually. Kate insists to Michael that Amy is in love with him, and she deserves a straight answer if it's over. Michael looks sad. Oh, Kate Fox. Do pass on your wisdom. And write some of this stuff down or something -- we don't want it to be lost to history if you and the people with whom you've shared it happen to perish in a horrible accident.
Credits. Feet. Heads.
When we return from commercials, Kate is walking into a recording studio right in the middle of a session featuring a guy in a hat. Hat Guy is rapping while two adorable little boys bob their heads happily and watch. Kate gives the kids a familiar squeeze, then she looks meaningfully at Hat Guy and then at her watch. Hat Guy interrupts the take and heads out to talk to her. He opens by scolding the boys for sucking on lollipops -- "sugar on a stick" -- and then Kate asks him what's up. It would seem that he called Jerrold, who's stuck in court, so Kate dropped by to check up on him. The hat-guy/rapper, who we will call B-Plot, takes a moment to continue his nutritional anti-lollipop crusade by getting his friend/hanger-on T-Rex to show the boys where the crudités are. From their dismayed expressions, the boys do apparently know what crudités are.
When the boys are gone, B-Plot complains to Kate that he got hosed on the custody arrangements, because not only did he get stuck with parenting only on weekends, but his ex-wife got all the holidays, too. Kate tries to appease him by reminding him that the judge agreed to revisit custody after a year, but an agitated B-Plot says that he wants half of all the holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving. Yeah, that's a good plan for the kids. Nothing like swapping your angry parents at noon to make it feel like a real holiday. I smell the next great Rankin/Bass special! He warns Kate that if she and her dad can't "fly with that," he'll get some attorneys who can. Kate awkwardly states that of course they can "fly with that," but B-Plot should understand that they're unlikely to be successful. Great job, Kate -- I support all efforts to lower expectations.