This episode jumps right into the explosiveness the promos have been hyping, when Dell and Heather have angry silences, then he leaves her and Betsey to go to work and the house blows up. Turns out, of course, she was cooking meth. And it's sort of annoying and easy, but also... a meth addict, so it's not entirely unrealistic or anything. Dell spends the episode in agony, while Betsey is unconscious (and then not) and Heather's badly burned and dying. When he finds out she was cooking meth, he tells her he hopes she dies a miserable, agonizing death for doing this to their daughter, and then he won't let Betsey see her, even though they both want to. In his defense, he doesn't want Betsey's last memories of her mother to be that unrecognizable, burned mess, and you can't blame him. Pete tries to take her to Heather when Dell's gone, and Dell punches him. Pete yells at Violet, because everything is always about them, and then Violet finally talks Dell into showing Heather some mercy. He's a little too late, though, as Pete's just filled in for him before letting Heather go on his behalf. Chris Lowell really brings it in this episode, and makes me wish they'd use him more often and better. Maybe they will now.
Meanwhile, Addison's part of the gang who shows up in support of Dell, but she quickly disappears into her own misery when she finds out her mother's been having a lesbian affair for twenty years. She literally sleeps in Sam's bed the entire episode, and even tries to hook up with him at one point. Because, you know, they're all cheaters and it's totally her parents' fault or something. Sam finally sends her family away so that Addison can go back to being her WASPy self again, and she brings it in the end, because after advising Dell to tell Betsey the truth, even though it will hurt (and he does), she meets her parents at the airport and speaks WASP to them again instead of saying anything that matters. But her mother thinks that makes everything right again, and I guess it does. Because she's Addison Adrian Forbes Montgomery, so she always does the right thing in the end. God, I don't know. Watching a grown-ass woman mope around about her parents' relationship when the wife and daughter of a friend and colleague were in the hospital, one of them dying, all in one episode was tough to take.
Even Charlotte and Cooper still whining about their relationship wasn't so distracting, because it was in context. Coop kept it all about Dell, except to (try to) sleep with Charlotte for comfort (the impotence gets in the way), but he still won't forgive her for lying about being married. I don't get how she thinks she was protecting him by lying, but I also don't get how it's such a big deal that she was formerly married and didn't disclose it. I mean, they started out very kinky and sex-only, so it's not like it exactly came up beforehand. And then it would get more and more difficult to say something the longer you waited, so ... Cooper, as much as I adore him, needs to let this one go.
Oceanside Wellness is a pretty messed up place. See why we'd never make an appointment.
Instead of picking up where we left off in the first hour, slow sad music plays as we see Addison in jeans, a Yale sweatshirt, and flip-flops in the work elevator. That's right; she left the house looking less than perfect. Her face also looks bad, and her hair's not even combed. What could have possibly caused this? The elevator door closes. And then we're at Dell's house, where he's leaving for work. He and Heather glare at each other, and then Dell tells Betsey he has to deliver a baby tonight, but Mom will tuck her in. Betsey says she does it wrong. He tells her to go to bed, but he promises to tuck her in when he's home. He leaves as Heather's cooking. She looks after him ominously, then turns and leaves the stove. Dell looks like he's crying as he gets into the car. And then the house explodes behind him. Sunny title card. Did we really need that in the second of a two-part episode? It's so jarring anyway, but it's especially weird to go from explosion to sun.
Addison, looking perfect, arrives at an airport "7 hours earlier." The Captain's there and is surprised she came, but she says she was summoned. He tries to help her with her crossword, "14 down: 'Future hunters,' " but she won't let him tell her. She says he can tell her why Bizzy's coming if he wants to tell her something. He sees the plane arrive and leaves, saying to ask Bizzy. Addison's confused, but greets Bizzy (who's also Rita's mom). I cannot see a way in which these two people would have begat someone who looks like Addison, but I imagine it's hard to cast Kate Walsh's parents, so I'll let it go. Bizzy notices Addison cuts her hair, but not in a good way. Bizzy says the flight was dreadful and she's going to make a complaint to Wilson. Addison says she's surprised Bizzy came to visit. Bizzy: "Addison, don't push. You know, short hair isn't for everyone. Some people look older with it."
Sam and Addison are on her balcony watching Bizzy and the Captain chat about geraniums and drink martinis. Sam says it seems tense, but they look happy and are chatting about flowers. Addison: "Trust me, they are not chatting about flowers. They are speaking WASP. We learn it at an early age." She usually knows what they're saying, but this time she has no idea, which is weird. She says maybe everything is fine, which would be creepy because nothing ever is. Bizzy comes out and asks about Addison's cat. Addison says she decided to give up men and get a cat. Bizzy says not to say that or people will believe her. She tells Addison she'll have to lock it up or something if her father and her are going to be staying here. Addison, "Stay here?" Sam refills her drink, and then his phone rings. It's Dell.