At Michael's place, Emmett's just heard the news that Dave asked Mike to move in with him, and he's crying with joy. Emmett asks when it happened, and Mike tells him that it was the week before. Emmett, understandably, wants to know why it took Mike so long to say anything about it. Mike says that he hasn't decided, yet. Emmett shrieks, "Please, what's to decide? The man of your dreams asked you to move in with him!" Mike says that they don't know each other very well and that he doesn't know if they're ready. Do you hear that? "We don't know each other very well, and I don't know if we're ready." Doubt! Reluctance! Clear signs! Emmett answers, "Well, there's plenty of time for that once you move in together!" Did I drop into an alternate universe or something? Mike starts whining about what he'd do with all his stuff; pointing to his big sign of Captain Astro, he asks what the hell he's going to do with it. Good point -- David will eventually get jealous of that, too. Emmett exclaims, "Fuck Captain Astro! You've got Dr. David." Mike says that it's still his home he'd have to leave. Emmett replies, "This dump? You won't look back." Mike tries another tack: if he moves in with David, he might lose touch with the other Boys. Emmett pshaws that, too: "I expect to be invited to fabulous dinner parties at least once a week." Emmett suspects that this is what a "certain someone is going to say, isn't it?" Mike doesn't say anything. Emmett continues, "Well, I say that you deserve to be loved. And don't let any man, queen or Brian take that away from you." That is so not even the issue here.
The back yard of the Taylor Manse. Jennifer's holding forth at Molly's birthday party, helping the little girl blow out the candles on her cake. Molly blows out the candles, and Jennifer smiles, "You're going to get your wish!" And then she gets hers, as Justin walks down into the back yard. Jennifer hugs him, happy that he came, and Justin smiles that he'd never miss Molly's birthday. He asks his mom where Craig is, and is told that his father is hiding upstairs, preparing a lecture on Involved Parenting 101. Molly runs up, gives Justin a hug, and asks, "Whatcha gonna give me?" Nice to see that a sense of entitlement runs in the family. Justin replies, "Permission to live." And then hands her a rolled-up piece of sketch paper, tied with a string. Molly unrolls it, and it's a drawing of her. Yes, Justin gave a little girl a sketch of herself for her birthday. Molly half-heartedly smiles and walks back to her friends. Maybe she was expecting the new Pride March Ken Doll to go with her Fast-Action Blinders Barbie, poor thing. Once Molly has run off, Jennifer asks whether Justin's eating, and then declares that he's staying for dinner. Justin says that it depends on whether Craig wants to see him. Jennifer replies that of course Craig wants to see him: "He's as upset about this as much as you are." Just upset in a different, scorched-earth-must-invade-Poland kind of way. Justin is skeptical, but Jennifer tells him that Craig wants him to come home. Justin says that he wants to come home, too. Jennifer hugs him, again, and is just about to run up and tell her husband the good news when Justin asks, "What about the rules?" Jennifer's face falls as Justin continues, "Not going out, not seeing Brian, not talking about my 'disgusting lifestyle'?" Jennifer futzes, "I don't think he meant it quite that way." Justin and the rest of us ask, "Well, what did he mean?" I, personally, thought he was pretty clear. Jennifer says that Craig just wants everything to be "as it was." Justin says that it can't, because he isn't. Jennifer tells him that she doesn't want him to pretend to be someone he isn't, "but [she] has to consider the needs of the whole family, not just [his] desires." Oh, now she's putting her foot down? Molly calls for Jennifer; she gives Justin one last woeful look before leaving him in the back yard.