The Tedmobile is in front of a more rural rear projection now, to go along with the Dixie Chicks' remake of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" currently playing on his mix CD. This is neither here nor there, but take a moment to think about the fact that Smashing Pumpkins also recorded that song, and I can't think of three other bands that are more equidistant from one another. Claire asks Lawyer Ted why he doesn't like his sister, and he tells her about how his older sister Caroline is just mean, even though she helps refugees. "To the world at large, she's a saint," he explains. "But if you're an actual person in her life, she's just a bitch." As an example, he says Caroline only came by twice in the three years that his little sister was going through chemo. Claire asks if the little sister is okay now, and Ted says she is. Apparently the subject of siblings facing death has reminded Claire what she's supposed to be doing today, so she suddenly sits up and says she has to go back. Ted says okay, and starts looking for a place to turn around, which is kind of a shame. I think a nicely executed bootlegger's turn would lighten the mood considerably.
Keith shows up at the funeral home, having put his tie on along the way. He finds David still in the office, pouting. He must have started a new page on his list of things to do, because the first sheet didn't have room for him to add "sulk." "Thanks for making it," David says flatly. Keith asks if the boys are okay. "They're upstairs in a state of bliss. Roger bought them iPods." Keith takes David into a hug. David lets him, but we can see over his shoulder that he's still pissed. Watch your ear, Keith.
Also pissed? Ruth, who's done quizzing her family about the reasons behind her son's death and is now standing in the funeral home chapel, looking for some answers from Father Jack. All dressed up in her funereal finery, she wants to know what kind of message God was sending by taking Nate at the one time she couldn't be there. "I don't think it's helpful to see it as a message to you," Father Jack suggests. "Then why would it happen that way?" Ruth demands. "Especially in a universe that revolves around me?" I might have imagined that last part. The priest tries to talk her down, suggesting she see God as a light through this time instead of the cause. "God is an asshole!" Ruth snaps at him. "Yes, God is a huge asshole, and I fucking hate him for this," agrees Ruth's sister Sarah, who has just arrived. I think it would be funny if Sarah turned out to be talking about something completely different, like a parking ticket. As Sarah goes in for a hug, Father Jack steps out of the way so as not to be struck by lightning himself. Sarah assures Ruth that they'll get her through it. "You're not alone. You're not alone." Sarah, I know you just got here, but maybe you could glance up at the episode title at the top of the page before you start spouting off.