By the time Elaine makes her way down the stairs, all the guests have arrived. Elaine is seriously overdressed. Bud is appreciative though, casting a lecherous glance in her direction, even with new girlfriend Eva at his side. He remembers the dress from a 1997 state dinner. As the mingling begins, Susan makes her way over to Margaret Barrish, who lobs insults like grenades before casually walking away. Things don't really get much better at the dinner table. Eva tries to join in the conversation, but sounds like a shallow nitwit. The Japanese Ambassador tries to speak Japanese with Anne's parents, but there's a communication breakdown. "My parents were born here," Anne says, "as was I." The talk turns to the coming engagement party, to be held as a fund-raiser at the zoo. The whole time, Anne looks slightly uncomfortable, and becomes more so as Elaine goes on about how perfect she is. Anne promptly takes her perfect self to the bathroom, sticks her perfect fingers down her throat and throws up her dinner. Perfectly. In a show with only six episodes, is there really time to cover her problems, too?
She rejoins the party in time for Bud's speech. He's surprised it wasn't his son Douglas who turned out to be the homosexual of the family. "Boy was as gay as a spring dress," he says. "Clothes had to be perfect, hair had to be perfect." Thomas giggles delightedly. Then he finishes up by saying Douglas found himself the perfect wife-to-be. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Anne is never going to stop throwing up now. With everyone feeling pretty good, Thomas decides now is the time to hit his folks up for the money. They do this away from the rest of the party, which is good because it goes to hell pretty quickly. Bud outright refuses to front the money. "I'm not doin' it and neither is your mama." Way to speak for your ex-wife, asshole. Elaine doesn't stand up for herself. Bud rattles off a list of his son's failings -- starting with his multitude of boarding schools and his no longer playing the piano -- and ends with "the stunt" Thomas pulled last December. When it's later revealed what really happened, Bud refers to it this way makes him even more reprehensible. Thomas is hurt. Elaine and Douglas look sad, but nobody speaks up for him. "I hate this family," he says. "How am I ever supposed to do something important if nobody ever helps me?" If his family were less awful, I'd call him a big baby who needs to grow up. For now, I'm feeling sympathetic. It's only after Thomas leaves the room that Douglas defends him and calls their father a joke.