Wow, that was great, right? All kinds of things happened. Let's talk about them.
Savannah, well, she is having a tough time. Her house is springing leaks and her refrigerator is empty, and for once I'm fairly sympathetic to her sudden inability to survive even in a basic way: Between Harry's half-assed Mr. Fix-it act and Chef Douchebag territorialism, it makes sense that she doesn't know how to do anything around their house -- because he wouldn't let her. That actually makes sense to me.
So in the grand tradition of Savi, she lets Dominic take her on an all-day hooky expedition to buy baby stuff and food for the house, which ends up making them pretty adorable together for the first time. A sight that is not lost on Harry, who shows up unannounced and puts on quite a pouty show. In the end, Savi chooses Savi and puts the crib together herself, which is pretty much like the most/only triumphant thing we have seen her do.
Joss ditches a sick Alex to take Olivier and some gross jaded New Yorkers to a burlesque club, which impresses them because they are secretly all dorky. Later, he lets her drive him around in his DeLorean (see, dorky), but at the end of the night she refuses his offer of a nightcap. Which means she will be fucking him by next week, guaranteed. Still, I'm enjoying Joss a lot and I like her organic and natural-seeming maturation. I just hope everybody gets out alive.
April is creeped out by Paul stalking Lucy at school, but when she confides in Richard he responds in a way that April characterizes as cro-magnon but I would call TCB, considering she didn't even blink at taking calls from a ghost three years after the guy's death. They kind of break up, which is very sad because Richard is great, but maybe it's just a bump in the road. Their road is pretty bumpy, after all.
April's solution seems dumb at first, but turns out to be genius: In lieu of a father-daughter visit, she brings over some photo albums and walks Paul through Lucy's entire childhood, pointing out how present he was in their lives, and how missed. I still think he's going to kidnap her, but at least April did a semi-sensible thing. It was nice. On the other hand, her stated reason for not calling the cops on him is that Lucy will flip out, even though Lucy is not a person who flips out. I mean, it's gotta be that she will lose all of her money and possibly be involved in insurance fraud, right?
Speaking of insurance fraud, everybody's favorite Superfund Site is at it again: Karen Kim decides that instead of seeking representation in the Widow Grey's wrongful death suit, she's going to harass Savannah, who legally cannot talk to her, until they break up as friends. Sam ends up hiring her a lawyer -- the WONDERFUL Natalie Wade, who I wish was always on this show in every scene forever and ever -- and then offering to be her alibi for the night his father died, which results in Karen's best and worst but mostly best decision of all time: She totally fucks him! Finally. Let me tell you, there was quite a celebration in the Clifton house at that point. It's just been a long time coming.
Next Week: Presumably Paul kidnaps Lucy, Savi finds a reason to fuck things up with Dominic and send the pendulum of dumb back the other way, Joss fucks Olivier and Karen is brutally murdered by the unstable child whose head she can't stop messing with. But in the meantime let's just bask, shall we?
It's been ages! So let's see... Paul is back from the dead and angling to see his daughter Lucy. Joss reconciled with her sister Savi after a disastrous visit from their mother, and entered a lesbian phase. Karen was shocked (of course) by the revelation that Sam is obviously in love with her; Sam was shocked in turn when the Widow Grey then revealed her affair with Sam's father.
WOMEN BEIN' USELESS
Joss: "As merely a neophyte lesbian I have still not received my plumbing badge, so I'm unclear on what we're supposed to be doing here."
Savi: "Ever since my husband moved out, I have been deluged with simple problems any adult should know how to fix. I am a fish without a bicycle!"
Joss: "This is actually my fantasy. Us, living together in a house that is falling down around us, but with a cosmopolitan chicness. Like a Grey Gardens-meets-Sex & The City kind of thing."
Savi: "I dare you to name one difference between those two things. Crazy, untenable costumes? Check. Unending narcissism? Check. Unhealthy sexual fixations on inappropriate partners? Check. Keeping gay men as pets? Check."
They cuddle on the steps of the leaky shower, and Savi is amazing: "Everything is broken and I don't know how to fix it."
Joss: "Literally? Or...?"
Savi: "Starts there. Ends... who knows. Without Harry to tell me, I may never know what is going on with me."
Joss: "As I remember it, you were a person before you got married, correct?"
Savi: "Yes. That is when it happened. You know he wouldn't even let me open the mail, once I fucked up the water bill one time."
Joss: "You're ... kind of gross."
Savi: "No, it was all him. He was like this Australian Ricky Ricardo. It was easier to become pointless than to risk hurting his sensitive male feelings."
Joss: "How weird that you of all people were able to give up all that control! In this show's fantasy that you have ever made a decision or acted on your own behalf, I mean."
Savi: "It was weird at first, but I just pushed those feelings down and now I am pregnant with them."
The shower explodes over their heads, raining down competence and self-reliance on them both.
Lucy: "You know, there are first graders who are allowed to walk by themselves. At least from the curb."