Ruth's on the tai chi bus home, talking to the group leader while Courtney translates. It's more of the same as Ruth bitches about being single and about her unfortunate romantic history. The punch line? "All men are crazy," the leader says through Courtney. "Stick with the devil you know." Ah, sweet, sweet Chinese translating scenes. They recap so quickly, especially when they have no point.
Now it's just the Fisher siblings in Nate's room as David asks the universe, "Where the fuck could she be?" He apologizes to Chuck for his language, who says from the other side of the curtain, "That's okay. I'm a Buddhist. We don't care about that shit." I think that's the closest the whole Chuck thing is ever going to come to paying off. Claire says she's just pissed at Ruth now. "That's really irresponsible of her." Wow, getting called irresponsible by Claire has to hurt. Nate says Ruth wouldn't have been able to handle it anyway. "She'd get all upset, flap around and squawk, we'd have to take care of her." David agrees, "Poor Mom. She's so out there." Nate says, "All that stuff with George really did a job on her." Claire cracks, "She could still show up for her own son's coma." The dancers laugh. Claire stretches and gets up, saying she's going to go home for a shower. "I was gonna say," Nate says. It's the little moments like that that I like about this show, more than all the big, crazy drama. Now that it's too late to do anything about it. Claire says she'll be back, and Nate says there's nothing for her to do but "watch the nurses wake me up every ten minutes." Claire kisses his hand and smiles, then kisses David and Nate's cheeks. "Goodbye, Chuck!" she calls, and he answers in kind. Nate tells David he should leave too. David says, "maybe later, I'll keep you company." Nate confesses that he's tired. David suggests they watch TV. He turns his chair to face the tube, positions Claire's empty chair to put his feet up, and calls to Chuck to turn it up. On the screen, a flock of birds dives into the ocean. The camera zooms past David's head and in on Nate's to the sound of seagulls and the crashing surf. And if there's one thing we've learned from this show, it's not to trust anything that goes on in Nate's head when people have been rooting around in it, so any interpretations I have about what follows are my own, and may be entirely wrong. Nate's eyes fly open for the last time.