Cut to Kate and Mama Fox, having a chat at Mama's club. Mama Fox wants to know whether Kate thinks her purple knit off-the-shoulder outfit is "too slutty" for a fifty-year-old, and Kate thinks it's "just slutty enough." Speaking of outfits, Kate's short-sleeved pleather shirt and elbow-length lace gloves are about three silver studs away from Biker Chick. Alicia will kick your ass, people. Don't give her a reason. Mama Fox starts jabbering about how she's all ready for Thanksgiving, her plans for which appear to involve having laid in about three years' worth of craft supplies. Kate's like, "Mmm, great, but about that," and she goes on to explain that although she's always loved their tradition of making wreaths on Thanksgiving, this year she's thinking she'll make a traditional dinner. You will be not at all surprised to hear that despite what she told Shatner earlier, Mama Fox has not yet agreed to attend this event. A suspicious Mama Fox asks about the guest list, and Kate hedges about friends before admitting that Shatner will also be there. At first, Mama Fox is all "no way." She argues that they always had totally depressing Thanksgivings when Kate was little, where they'd go to all kinds of trouble to prepare and Shatner wouldn't even show up until late and would never say thank you, so why bother? Kate pleads with Mama Fox to reconsider, saying that with her working with Shatner, it would be wrong to leave him out, so won't Mama please come? "You can suck it up for one night," she says plainly. Finally, Mama Fox relents. Then she heads up onstage, and...wow, is her being a bad singer part of the plot? Because this particular song, at least, is really, really bad.
Back in the offices of Jerrold and Friends, he and Kate are on their way to B-Plot's custody hearing, with Shatner reminding Kate that when the hearing is over, he's headed for Vegas. He tells her that because this is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, she can have the rest of the day off after the hearing, too. Wow, that's a very large red flower Kate has festooning her lapel. She warns Shatner not to forget about dinner tomorrow, and after putting her through a moment of pretending he's forgotten, he clarifies that he'll be there, five o'clock. He leaves. Grumpy Temp happens to caution Kate that someone is, by the way, waiting in her office. "Who?" Kate asks. "I didn't get a name," Grumpy Temp says defensively. Heh. I hate demanding bosses. "Okay," Kate allows.
When she gets back to her office, it's Amy who's waiting for her, looking very, very glum. "Hey, what a surprise," Kate says gamely. Amy, wearing a very weird-looking goldenrod suit with much-too-chunky pearls, annoyedly says that Michael cancelled on her for Thanksgiving. Kate tries to look surprised. "Did he give a reason?" she asks. Amy says that he told her he has to stay in town and see his elderly aunt. LAME! Kate says she didn't even know Michael had relatives in town, and Amy complains some more about how disappointing this is. She says that all she wanted was "one weekend with [her] parents thinking that everything was exactly right in [her] life." Wow, that's a good reason to take a guy home with you. If he got that vibe, I can't imagine why he might have felt uncomfortable. She says that now, she'll have to sit through an excruciating conversation with her parents about why he's not coming and so forth. "I can't believe he didn't think this through before he committed to you," Kate says, accurately but disingenuously. "I know -- would you tell him that?" Amy says. Kate is forced now to backpedal, saying that this is really between the two of them, and she doesn't want to be in it. I'm not sure what Amy is hoping it would accomplish to have Kate run interference, since once the guy backs out on you, guilting him into coming with you anyway isn't exactly going to make you happier in the long run, but Amy persists in this request that Kate jump in and intervene on her behalf. Kate continues to resist, and throws back in Amy's face the fact that she seemed to want Kate out of the picture not too long ago. Amy cries the lonely wail of the serial apologizer, saying that she doesn't understand how Kate can say that after she already said she was sorry. Amy argues that she's "a friend in need," and Kate sticks to her story that Amy will have to talk to Michael herself. "I wish there was more I could do," Kate says. "Sure you do," Amy snots. She certainly does have trouble making up her mind on the issue of whether she can run her life herself, doesn't she?