Cut to the kitchen at Manning Manor, where Lily's dutifully cutting up veggies for dinner. Does she even work at the radio station anymore? And now that I'm thinking about it, what the hell happened with that weekly show she was supposed to get? I'm sure Chicago would love to hear about all the problems the kids are having these days. Anyway, Eli comes in the back door and immediately heads for the fridge. It must be expensive to have an Eli. "Hello," Lily says. Eli notes that she must "hate" him, too, or she would have said "hi." Lily wipes her hands and promises that she doesn't "hate him at all." He mutters that everyone else does, and a tear splashes onto my keyboard. Lily says, "They don't. You've just been a very, very, very bad boy." She steps behind him at the fridge and grabs his shoulders to move him aside. She chuckles that she doesn't know what to say to him; she's "never had a son." He grumbles, "Well, you're lucky you didn't have me, except indirectly." Lily tells him "it's not so indirect." He aimlessly opens the fridge again, asking what Rick said. Lily says she doesn't think she should say. Eli chuckles ruefully and figures it must be bad, then. He stands in front of the open fridge, not even looking inside. Lily finally puts down her knife, takes him by the shoulders, and positions him in front of the butcher's block, saying, "Here. Make yourself useful." She hands him a cucumber to slice. Eli asks if she thinks Karen meant it when she kicked him out. Lily figures that Karen means it right now. She asks if Eli was upset, and he says he was; not so much about being kicked out as he was about the shouting. He asks whether Lily ever shouted at her mother. "No comment," she replies with a telling sigh.
Over at Fields, Karen's charging through the racks of clothing looking for something Jessie will love. Jessie plods along behind, protesting at the sight of an embroidered peasant blouse. Karen argues that it's "adorable," which makes Jessie groan, "I hate that word. I don't want to be 'adorable.' It makes me sound like a pixie." Karen says that Jessie's not a pixie (in case there were actually some doubt), but she is a "lovely" young girl, and it's a "lovely" blouse. Which is even better than "adorable." Jessie says, "Mom, don't you know that clothes are armor?" Karen doesn't think she's heard correctly. Jessie regurgitates Katie's theory on clothing and identity. Karen asks what Jessie wants to hide. Jessie automatically says she doesn't want to hide anything. "But you just said --" "Mom! You take me so literally." Karen wheels around to the other side of Jessie, yanking the camera with her. My stomach churns. Karen, a little short of breath, says she's just not sure what Jessie wants. Jessie says she doesn't want the blouse, and tells Karen not to take it personally. Karen's too busy watching the store and all the racks spin round and round in front of her to worry about the blouse, though.