They walk together to the gallery. His name is outside on a big brass plaque. They step inside. He bites his lips; she smiles brightly and reassuringly. In a clean, art-free hall, a group of people gaze into a red-lit room. When they see Alek, they begin to applaud. The curator screams, "Genius! Genius!" Alek sighs, relieved. Carrie is happy too. But then, Alek lets go of her hand to shake the curator's, and Carrie's face falls. Alek walks toward the applauding group and leaves her, alone, alone. There isn't even Sad Piano to keep her company. Hey, Carrie? You chose to support him. That means "support." Not pout when he has to leave you to do work stuff. He's been leaving you to do work stuff the whole time you've been hanging out. Are you just noticing this now, or did it take this long to finally bother you? If so, this is your final wake-up call. Smell the espresso: this dude puts you second to everything. Le like it or le lump it.
Mir and Char are having tea. Char shows Brady a train in a book. Then Maaaa walks in, with her coat on, and says she wants to take little Stevie to the zoo. Mir says Steve is all grown up, and that this is Brady. Maaaa leaves the room suddenly. Char asks how Mir is dealing with all this. Mir just smiles and says she admires Steve, since he comes home from the bar late and deals with his Maaaa all day. Char says she thinks Mir is amazing. Mir returns the compliment. Steve's Maaaa hollers about getting ready to go to the zoo. Mir says that Brady is amazing. Then she listens to the silence and wonders why Maaaa had her coat on. They go downstairs, and see the door standing wide open. Maaaa is gone. Mir says, "Shit! Shit, shit! Shit! Stay with the baby, I'm going to go look for her." Wow, this just got all Lifetime Movie of the Week on us.
Carrie sits, alone, alone, but Sad Piano is there to score the scene. Alek walks, flanked by his crowd. Carrie, for whatever reasons -- jealousy? Insecurity? Resentment? -- sits at the other end of the gallery, separate from his throng. She takes out a cigarette. Sorry, mademoiselle. Ne fumar pas! She says, the one place in Paris where you can't smoke. She pokes through her purse and discovers a hole in the lining. She pokes around some more, and voila: her Carrie necklace, she is found. The Happy Harpsichord starts up as Carrie kvells and grins hugely. She goes to tell Alek, but everyone's paying attention to him and laughing at something. So she tells the guard to tell him she left, and runs out of there.