Back at Julia's, Zeek is getting owned by his youngest kid. "Dad, you and your stupid pride," she screams at him. "You could lose everything. You could lose the house! You could lose Mom! I'm sorry I'm yelling at you, but I don't want to see that happen, because I love you." He tries to assuage her with stupid dad platitudes (daditudes?), but she throws up her hands.
In the car on the way to Gilroy, Haddie finally tells the truth about why she dyed her hair. "I just needed a change," she says. "Just, something had to change. I was really bored with myself. Because everything I did was predictable, and was like this person who everybody thought they knew." Bless her heart. Kristina sighs, but Haddie goes on. She says when Amber came to town, she was struck by how different she was. "She's free! And, I hate her for what she did with Steve, but I want to be more like her." Kristina is overcome. "You're so perfect the way that you are," she says. "It kills me to see you hurt like this." She says when she was Haddie's age she was pressured into many things that she regrets "by my friends, by boys, and people that I thought I trusted, and I don't want that for you." Monica Potter just rips me up every time every time. She says she wants Haddie to talk to her about all this stuff, all the time. "I know you know, already, about Steve," Haddie says, talking about sex. "Well, I'm not ready." Kristina, supportively but firmly, says yeah, she's not ready, and she's proud of Haddie for knowing it. "Sorry for not telling you I was gonna dye my hair," Haddie says, and Kristina smiles. "Honey, I kind of like it," she says. "It's really cute!"
Finally, they arrive at the truck stop where Amber waits nervously inside. It's raining, and for a moment, Haddie and Kristina watch Amber through the window. Haddie tells her mom she wants to go in first, and as freakin' Ray Lamontagne rips my heart right out, Haddie forgives Amber. Sarah and Adam arrive and stand under Kristina's umbrella, Sarah between her brother and his wife, and when everyone finally goes inside, it's clear that all is forgiven, by everyone. Damn this show. They need to rename it "Being a Girl is Hard." Jeez, with the tears. What is it with me lately? Don't get me started about what happens when I hear that one Taylor Swift song on the radio about being 15. Seriously, I have to turn it off AND pull over.