"I'm not goin' back," Nate tells Claire, up in his bedroom. Claire tells him that David "cannot deal." Nate suggests that they hire someone, and Claire responds that having some stranger come in isn't going to solve the personnel crisis at Fisher & Diaz. Nate volleys, "Well, it would have been nice if Mom hadn't fucked our only intern." And...cursing-in-front-of-the-kid continuity hits an all-time low. Nate calls up to God, "I finally got a life I can stand," but Claire levels him with the one line, "He would do it for you."
And back downstairs we go, to find Nate resuited and ready to go, standing next to a relieved-looking David.
Is this book written in Hebrew? Because George seems to be reading it in reverse. He sits at the kitchen table with his copy of Perfectly Legal, and Ruth asks, "Are you available for chopping?" He tells her, "If you so wish," and she's mad already, asking, "What does that mean?" He stands to tower over her, telling her that she'd appreciate it if she'd just ask him directly if he'd help her. She tells George he's been mean to her all day, and he tells her, "I have not been mean to you. I've been upset with you." Ruth asks what she did wrong, and George complains that Ruth embarrassed him in front of her whole family instead of just telling him what she's mad about. Ruth says that she did confront him, but that she felt like he had no interest in being confronted. They fight further about George pretending he didn't remember something that happened less than a year ago, and he raises his voice, "You forget things that happened yesterday." He pulls back a bit and tells her, "The past is not important to me. I just want to be here. In the present. With you." But Ruth isn't done, barking that the woman at the party went from being in the present to being in the past without even realizing it, and she wants to know, "Why would you leave so many --" and he screams the words, "Because they asked too many fucking questions! That's why!" Ruth storms out and George looks worried that his acting exercise of the final scene of Barton Fink didn't go as well as it should have. Just kidding. I actually thought that scene was great. But, y'know, "without pity" and all that.
"'A very outgoing girl named Sophie,' she said," Vanessa tells Rico in their kitchen, fully primed to not believe a damn word he says. "Oh, Sophia!" Rico shoots back. "She's a young mother from church that I'm helping." Vanessa repeats the words back to Rico in basically drawing a diagram that reads, "Shitty Lie, Figure 1-1" in the textbook of lies in the house of lies he's insisted on turning his own house into. She stands over him, quizzing him on why she wouldn't have known about this at all, and he tells her, "It was between me and the Father." She sits down and doesn't believe him, asking exactly what kind of "help" Rico is giving, and he tells her that he's giving them food, clothes, "toys and stuff, like from the Fishers." Ooooh, cheater check. Vanessa busts him that he's giving her stuff from the Fishers but that Ruth doesn't know about it, and Rico catches himself by saying that she didn't know that "Sophia was the young mother in need." Vanessa is confused that she didn't know anything about it, and he tells her that he started doing it "when [Vanessa wasn't] that easy to tell things to." She's concerned that he would start helping somebody else when his own family needed him the most, and he guilt-trips her season-long guilt trip with the almost-snark, "Sometimes it helps to make your own problems seem less bad when you help someone even worse off than you." She stands up and storms out, because that's what hysterical women do.