Gloria: "Have you ever stolen anything?"
Jackie: "Yes, many times."
Gloria: "Good. Chapel, half hour. Bring Thor."
Eleanor's bandaging up Lou when Jackie gets back to the beds; my God just seeing him makes me start welling up. I don't know, I mean, they kept saying how awesome he was last week and I guess on some level you take that onboard and love him too -- who are we to argue with the heartfelt attachments of Thor and Zoey Barcow -- but honestly it's just entirely the actor, Michael Cumpsty. I love him on such a basic level that I got startled into crying when he showed up in Eat Pray Love for all of five seconds. He could turn out to be playing a child molester and I would still want to hold his hand. Of all the wonderful casting coups this show poaches from Broadway all the time, this is the most brilliant casting thing I can think of that they've done. His face is the most beautiful thing in the world.
And so, along those lines, goes the latest Lou thing: The hypertension is acting up, and he's falling down a lot more, and this time he broke his wrist and chipped a tooth in that magnificent head of his. Jackie -- happier to see him than she usually shows anybody besides Fiona, even Eleanor -- asks him why he isn't taking his medication, after last time.
The first thing he does is apologize for forgetting her name. He's a salesman, Lou Babiak; knowing names is the thing he does.
Eleanor disappears, as Jackie's getting the whole bastard story from him: Lost his job, COBRA ran out, everything ran out, time is running out, he's humiliated, he's never missed child support in twenty years, his children are going to hate him. He is so slow, and quiet, and noble, and still. A failure?
Jackie: "First of all, nothing could be further from the truth. Second of all, our kids love us blindly. Believe me, I am counting on it."
She's getting him dressed when Eleanor comes back, bearing a crisp white paper bag containing a year's worth of meds. "Come and see me in a year," she says, and he's at a loss for words. "Say nothing," she grins. "I just broke the law."