Back at Santa's Village, Santa instructs "barkeep" to get him some water, and Victoria says, "Like that's going to happen." And there are two yuppie moms burbling about how this is the best Santa's Village and that the one in the Beverly Center takes too long. Victoria says that it might be worth the wait, as she wouldn't put her little girl on Santa's lap, if you know what I mean. The women look at Santa, horrified.
Fox & Associates. Cell phone. Michael. "We're on." Kate beams. "Tell me," she says, and she continues to radiate all down the hall as Michael describes the ocean view and in-room massage. And they have a little who-can-wait-the-least contest, and then Michael contrivedly says that he will be in Irvine all day tomorrow so they should just meet at the hotel at six, and I guess Irvine must not have phones or something, but never mind. Kate's smile fades as she strolls into her office and finds Lauren waiting for her. She quickly hangs up on Michael and tells Lauren she'll round up the boys, only to be told by the not-Claire-but-just-as-useless temp that there's someone waiting for her in the conference room. When Kate asks who it is, Thankfully Not Claire, who can't even get off the phone, shrugs and says it's Jessica something. Kate goes to meet her, and Lauren says, "Since I am contrivedly the only person in L.A. who doesn't have a cell phone, can I make a call somewhere?" and Kate offers her her office.
In the conference room, Jessica's all pensively looking out the window, and she brought in some signed papers for Kate or whatever, and Kate says she looks really good. Jessica smiles and says she feels lighter and doesn't have to pee fifteen times a day, which is a relief, but then she says she sometimes misses having the baby inside her, since it made her feel less alone. And let me tell you, I pride myself on crying only when a receiver drops a wide-open touchdown pass and the Vikings fail to cover the spread and cost me $50, but that was sad. Jessica then asks various questions about the baby, like if she's healthy and eating and sleeping well, and fortunately for Kate she doesn't ask if Serena is a self-centered dingbat who abandons the baby for hours at a time. The piano starts tinkling as Jessica haltingly says, "This is so much harder than I thought it would be." She's trying hard not to keep from crying, BUT NOT ME. "But I just want my baby not to struggle like I have." She speaks of wanting her baby to go to a good school and have nice things to wear and a nice house. "Serena can definitely give her all those things," says Kate. Long pause. "Does she love her?" asks Jessica. Kate says, hesitantly, "Yeah, of course she does," and I just want to know HOW KATE SLEEPS AT NIGHT. And Kate gives Jessica one last chance before she files the papers to make sure this is what she wants to do. Jessica heartbreakingly says she can't afford to have a baby, and tells Kate to file the papers.