So we start off with a bunch of inane "previously on" scenes, which never fail to annoy me, like, give the audience some credit to remember your tired plots from week to week, especially when you know the dialogue is going to be written in such a way as to remind viewers again what happened last week, no matter how forced it sounds. I mean, case in point right here: why waste time with those stupid scenes when you're just going to have Victoria and Kate traipsing around in the Hollywood Hills rehashing everything that happened last week? Victoria calls the fact that Jerrold forbid Kate to see Michael "Shakespearean," like, nice try, never mind that Jerrold did no such thing, and Kate whines about it for a while, but not too much, since she grudgingly admits that if she were Lauren she'd probably do the same thing, and Victoria calls Lauren a "puppet master" who has Kate and Michael "dangling," and Kate says they weren't exactly "dangling" at her place last night, which doesn't even make any sense, but that doesn't stop Victoria from running with the puppet theme and adopting this weird English-style accent to say, "Well, she can't help what the puppets do alone in the trunk togethah," like, it's only a minute into the show and already I have my Mad Face on, and some dingus walking by wearing a Santa hat does nothing to cheer me up, especially since I'm a Canadian who grew up in the North (and by "North" I mean the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, which are so far north that even other Canadians think we lived in igloos), so Southern California with its weird snow-less Christmases really freaks me out. And Kate whines about how she's stuck since Lauren is a really big client for the firm, so Victoria asks if Kate and Michael are going to sneak around, and Kate says she doesn't know and then she smiles this weird smile that has nothing to do with anything and she's just waiting for her next cue anyway.
And that cue is someone screeching, "Katie?" from behind the two of them, and it's Charisma Carpenter, who comes up babbling about how she thought this was part of Kate's Saturday morning routine, which is news to the rest of us, and I for one love to see Charisma Carpenter return as Serena, because I managed to score a clause in my TWoP contract for Miss Match that states I get a bonus every time some poster hits the boards and starts a post with some variation on the theme, "I only watched this show because Charisma Carpenter was on it " and my bonus is doubled when the same poster complains that the show sucks because no demons get killed. You all are making me very rich. And Serena introduces herself to Victoria, much to the amusement of Victoria and Kate, who reminds Serena that she's talked to Victoria many times, and Serena pretends to remember. And Serena babbles on about how she hopes Kate's not still mad at her and that she's tried to call and apologize several times but she didn't know what to say and then she got busy. And Kate has this smile plastered on as she tells Serena not to worry about it since she didn't lose any sleep over it, and Serena burbles that she didn't either! And how weird that NBC just spent all this time rehashing the episode that just happened last week but can't be bothered to explain at all why Serena's apologizing to Kate. Then Serena asks Kate to guess what she's been up to, and Kate's reluctant to guess. "I'm having a baby!" screeches Serena. Kate and Victoria are surprised. "Who's the father?" says Kate. "I don't know," says Serena, wrinkling her nose like it was a dumb question. "Sounds like you've been very busy," says Victoria. Ha!