At the Bellow(s)es, Henry is dressing up for the party when Tom "Oral Fixation" Bellow(s) wanders in (again without knocking) to help Henry with his tie and to make a desperate grab for a subplot. He succeeds when Henry asks him to give him a lift to the party. Henry asks if they're ever going to talk about "her." For God's sake, stop with the mystery pronoun! We know you mean your mother. That ambiguity, at least, has been resolved. Tom is predictably pissy and doesn't want to talk about Mom. Henry wonders if there's a possibility that there's a reason that she left them. Tom says he's wondered for the last fifteen years where she's been. He's decided that he doesn't want to wonder anymore, so he's come to the conclusion that their mother must be dead. Tom obviously hasn't watched soap operas before.
Cut to Lily and Jennie, standing on the porch of a pretty white house. It's the Parker residence. Lily is afraid to knock. She's afraid nobody will talk to her when they find out who she is. Finally, she works up the will to ring the doorbell. Phillip Parker's mother answers. As Lily explains who she is and her relationship to Catherine, the woman's smile fades from her face. Lily wants to ask some questions about Phillip. Mom's not really interested: "Do you want to know how his life was destroyed by your family? Do you want to know how they set him up to ruin his reputation?" Lily says she wants to know what happened to Meredith. Mom says she's asking the wrong person; she needs to go ask Catherine. Then Mom shuts the door in the girls' faces. Well, that didn't progress the plot much at all, did it? Raise your hand if you didn't already realize that Catherine was the key to Meredith's disappearance. Yeah, that's what I thought.
Party night at the McMansion. Catherine was right to be pissed about the short notice; there are around seventy people in attendance. People mingle and congratulate George. Catherine's hair has been teased so much that it's considering a harassment suit. If you watch carefully, her hair gets larger and wilder as her evening gets progressively worse. She greets Lily and Jennie as they come down the stairs and asks where Lily's been. Lily non-answers that Catherine "wouldn't want to know." I'm surprised Lily doesn't confront her right there. It's not like she's shown any concern about timing in the past. Catherine tells her that Henry's arrived; Lily's surprised to see him there, since she didn't invite him. Way to be discreet and secretive, guys.