She tells him he wouldn't even believe it, and he waves an agitated hand and says shortly, "You were great." He leans against the truck with his arms folded. "You were something," he adds, thinking, "something of a big-mouth." Lily looks bewildered and asks, "What?" Rick says he thinks it was "difficult for the kids to hear themselves being discussed like that." "'Discussed'?" Lily parrots, as if she's never head the term before. She thinks for a second and then says, "Oh." Rick says he doesn't know what she was thinking, and she tries to tell him there wasn't time to think. He starts to say something about "next time," but she interrupts him to let him know there won't be a next time. Her brain skips back a track, and she asks, "Why, what did I say?" Rick reminds her that she talked about him, Grace, and Zoe not getting along at first, and that she talked about Jessie going on a date when he hasn't even decided if she can go yet. Lily snaps that Jessie thinks she's going on the date -- it's all she's talked about and she's even borrowing Grace's necklace. Rick pointedly asks whose idea that was. "What difference does that make?" Lily shrills. He asks why they're even arguing about it. I wonder that, too. What makes her such a parenting guru that she's entitled to tell him and Karen how they should be raising their kids? I'm sure she'd just love it if Rick started pointing out everything she does wrong with her own kids, darling little angels that they are. Lily storms away, and Rick trails after her, saying, "Ever since that kid called, we've been at odds." Lily yells, "Because you keep acting like you're not going to let [Jessie] go!" Rick asks her why it's so important to her. "Oh, Rick. She's blossoming! Before your eyes she's changing, and growing, and blooming!" Which reminds me: I need to water my plants. Lily adds that Jessie needs Rick to tell her it's okay. She turns to go inside while Rick guppy-faces all over the front stoop as he realizes for the eight hundredth time this season that Lily is a wise, wise woman who's a better parent to his kids than he and Karen are. Lily stops and pouts that he "never even asked what it was like being on the radio." The sad guitars let us know that we should feel really sorry for Lily. Feeling like the wretched human being that he is, Rick asks how it was. She says it was indescribable, and then marches inside like a martyr. Rick's mascara is in serious jeopardy, as he stares after her like a whipped puppy.
Once and Again
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Once and Again