Indeed, they're on their way -- at 9:52 p.m. Teresa sees the step and repeat and wonders if they have to take a picture. Well, Tre, given the absence of photographers -- since you're two hours late -- I'd say no. They saunter in and say their hellos as Kathy watches from the sidelines. Rich encourages her not to approach Teresa, but Kathy insists on it -- on the ground the she's "a good Christian." Because schmoozing is a virtue. Kathy makes her way over, where Teresa and Juicy give her the most awkward reception possible. Not one to leave well enough alone, Kathy insists on trying to smooth things over in the middle of a party, even though Teresa is clearly not receptive. She makes an under-her-breath comment of "Now it's nice to see me?" They both walk off angrily thinking the other person has displayed "typical" behavior.
Kathy goes to her awesomely butch sister Rosie to talk trash about Teresa. Rosie is pretty chill about it, but Kathy just gets even more riled up. She takes Rich aside to cry on his shoulder and express how frustrated she is that Teresa has made her look like an asshole. Instead of holding her back, Rich tells his "good Christian" wife to tear Teresa a new asshole. He adds, "Fuck Teresa. Fuck Joe. And if you want I'll burn this whole fuckin' place down." Whoa there, tiger! What happened to easygoing Rich? Somebody took his grumpy pills before coming tonight.
Back outside, Juicy wonders what's wrong with Kathy, and Teresa urges him to stay out of it. If only she had had the chance to say that to Melissa. Alas, Kathy has already cornered her to talk yet more trash about behavior. She insists that her heart is pure and that Teresa "better wrap a sweater around that heart of [hers] -- that icy heart -- because [she's] gonna catch a nasty cold." To Melissa's credit, she holds true to her unsteady peace with Teresa and comforts Kathy without bashing Teresa. She insists the two of them will work it out and encourages Kathy not to waste her tears on Christmas.
Just when you think things have subsided, another Joey (Melissa's brother-in-law) abandons all tact and calls out Juicy for owing him a thousand dollars. Juicy decides to take the higher road, telling Joey to call him and starts making his way toward the door. On the way, they see Melissa and tell her what just went down. Melissa urges him to stay and heads over to confront her brother-in-law and tells him to tone it down. Teresa brags on Juicy for not decking the drunk skunk. Joey continues to claim he didn't say anything wrong, but you can tell even his family members are embarrassed.