Outside, someone knocks on the window of Damien's car, startling him. It turns out they're muscle sent by someone named Vincent to take his car as collateral since he owes so much in gambling debt. Central Casting is slipping, man -- these are two of the smallest goons I've ever seen. But the one can punch, and illustrates his talent to Damien. At that moment, Carlos appears and knocks them over with a trash can, and he and Damien jump in the car and speed away.
Laura is in her Sonic Youth t-shirt, watching a newscast from Iraq when Mae/Claire walks in. It turns out Laura is watching a tape of the news -- she pauses it and she and Mae/Claire exchange pleasantries. They actually have a really great rapport -- I like their interaction and like Mae/Claire more than I have the rest of this hour. She's now completely moved in and goes upstairs to bed, and they wish each other goodnight. Once Mae/Claire is gone, Laura goes back to the TV and plays the tape. The newscaster goes live to a reporter in the field named David Morgan, who reports that they are going to be moved somewhere safer. At that moment, the tape goes fuzzy, and they cut back to a startled news anchor who assures the audience that everyone is probably fine. Sadly, it's the same David of "Laura and David," the same David that is Eliza's dad who isn't coming back. Laura has her husband's death essentially on tape. She watches over and over with tears in her eyes, wiping her cheeks as she listens again to his last words, "... seek more adequate cover." She rewinds once more and pauses on his face, right before he's gone again.
Driving home, Damien apologizes to Carlos for what happened. Carlos asks him if he is in trouble and offers to help, but Damien assures him he'll be fine. Carlos takes him at face value, which I guess you do when you've known someone for an hour, but does no one on this show recognize when they're buttoning up their Bad Idea Jeans? I'm starting to get bruises from being whacked with the Obvious Stick so much. He gives Carlos back his own collateral -- his watch -- advises him to ice his face, and apologizes again before Carlos leaves. Once he is alone in the car, he closes his eyes in defeat, hits the steering wheel, and calls his brother.
Whitney is at her office, on the phone with her new BFF, Laura, telling her that she's made a profile at dateblizzard for "Juliette72" who is perfect for Roy. Laura is surrounded by clothes, presumably back on the heartbreaking task of clearing out her late husband's belongings. She assures Whitney that Roy won't show up for the date, and finally declares that she's going along. Whitney can't believe she'd be so nice but she's sure that it won't go badly and they can have a girls' night out, and also, "Trust me, by tonight I'm going to need a drink." They agree to talk later. I know it's lightning-fast and ripe for mocking, but I really like their friendship so I'm going to just go with it. It also might be Hope Davis' fantastic acting, as my favorite scene of Mae's was one where she interacted with Laura as well.