Nate and Maggie come over to greet Brenda, who frostily says hello. Maggie excuses herself to the funeral. Now that Nate's alone with his wife, he says, "Sort of a bad time, but I can talk for a second. What's up?" Way to cover up your guilt by acting like an officious prick there. ["'There'?" -- Sars] Brenda starts her big speech, about how it's come down to a choice between her marriage and her child and "it seemed reckless to risk my marriage over taking some stupid test." "Great!" says Nate happily. Idiot. First of all, we can all see that there's a giant, pregnant "but" coming, and secondly, nothing about this situation is great. One doesn't celebrate getting one's way in these circumstances, you clod. Brenda's voice rises as she continues that now that she's there, she realizes that "We've been so separate for a long time." Nate looks guilty now, not bothering to deny it. Brenda thought it was her fault, but now she thinks it's Nate. He tries to calm her down. "How can I make you feel better?" Nate says. "What do you want me to do?" Brenda tells him to just do what he wants for once in his life. "Not what you think people want or what you should do. 'Cause I don't give a fuck any more." Nate tells her to wait, but she storms out anyway, having won another glorious victory in her lifelong campaign against silence.
Claire comes into the break room at the office, where Lawyer Ted is reading the paper and totally blocking the coffee machine. He obliviously makes her say "excuse me" so she can get at the java, and he moves about two feet away. Apropos of nothing, Claire admits that she was in fact an artist before she started working there. She explains that she dropped out of art school to spend more time creating, but she's been uninspired. "And now it sort of feels like maybe that's over, which is kind of scary." She says that that's how she's always defined herself, but it's also "freeing in a strange way." She says that's to answer Lawyer Ted's question from last night. Lawyer Ted says he's glad she told him. "Why?" Claire asks. "I don't know," Lawyer Ted says, with a big goofy smile that means "because it means I have a better chance to get into your pants than I thought." On that subject, he brings up Kirsten. "She and I had sex once, and we made out once, and that was that." Ah, disclosure. Very big with lawyers. He pleasantly takes his coffee and his leave. I kind of hope he's actually an undercover narc or something.