Douglas is waiting for his mother in the hallway. The story about Thomas's suicide attempt is out. Elaine's voice reads out the details as we see her in flashback, finding an unconscious Thomas in his car as the garage fills with carbon monoxide. The story is up on the Washington Globe's website, as penned by blogger Georgia Gibbons. Elaine turns her anger on Susan as Douglas departs in search of his brother. Susan swears she had nothing to do with the story, but Elaine doesn't care. "To you people, my son has always been just another drug-addicted cautionary tale, responsible for all of his own misfortunes, but he was the first openly gay child of a president." Elaine breaks into tears. "You will never know the vitriol -- the evil -- he suffered when he came out -- against his will -- as a boy in the White House, and yet you trade on his pain and suffering to coerce me into this story." She screams at Susan to get out, which she does and wisely without another word in her own defense. Elaine picks up the phone and calls someone. "I need to see you right away."
Meanwhile, Thomas is at his dealer's house, laying in to a supply of fresh coke. The two of them watch the latest news report. Omar offers his sympathies and then asks for an autographed picture of Thomas's hot, hot mama. In the middle of this, Douglas calls and Thomas lies that he's just fine and hanging out with his sponsor. Douglas knows it's a lie and his next order of business is to call their mother and tell her just that. He's going to put off the rest of his plans for the day in order to track down his brother. "You're a good brother and a good son," Elaine tells him.
While one son is dutifully tracking down her other son, Elaine has a Secret Service agent take her to a little no-name motel. There, waiting for her, is Bud Hammond. While one son self-destructs and the other is on a mission to save him, these Parents of the Year are about to seek comfort on a lumpy motel mattress. Elaine says she's having a terrible day and needs Bud to make her feel like everything is going to be okay. I hope bed bugs eat them both alive.