Cut to Ava, wondering to her roommates if Karen was crazy, since Red and his wife are the parents, and she's just "the fun aunt from California." Susannah points out that Ava has loved those children from the day they were born. Oh, she loves them? Well, she's bound to be a great parent, then! Ava realizes that this is really happening, and wonders if she should take the kids to California during the school year. Susannah says that there are only a few days of school left. Ava doesn't think she should uproot the kids, so she has to move back to Kansas, even if that means screwing over Susannah. Johnny says that Ava needs to think about making money. Isn't she unemployed? So in that sense, Kansas and California are about equal at the moment. Ava insists that she can get a job in Kansas. Everyone rolls his or her eyes. Ava thinks she should ask the kids what they want to do. Her roommates stop her, and Jay explains that the kids need a grown-up to tell them what will happen next. Ava says that she wants that too. Her roommates promise to help. Ava walks off to tell the kids about their future.
Ava walks into Nikki's room, but she hears someone crying outside. She looks out the window, and sees Red talking to a sobbing Bradin. Red advises Bradin to "show [his] steel" (dirty!), because Bradin's the man of the family now. Bradin stands up and walks away. I guess that was supposed to let us know that Karen made the right choice in the parenting lottery, because Red is like Robert Duvall in The Great Santini. Ava walks through the wake and overhears Jay talking theology to the priest. Outside, she spots Johnny talking to the littlest kid. Why haven't they told us his name yet? We know the first and last name of Ava's former boss, but we don't know one of the main character's name? Weak. I'm just going to tell you that Youngest Son's name is Derrick, and he's one of those "wise beyond his years" types, except when he's not. Derrick talks about how most people's parents don't seem to love each other all that much, but his parents "were like going steady all the time," so it might be good that they went to heaven at the same time. Some woman comes along and collects Derrick. Ava watches as Johnny wipes away a tear. Johnny and Ava stare at each other for, like, ten minutes.
Ava walks inside and tells her roommates, "Home." Johnny thinks that she means that she's staying in Kansas, and how could he misunderstand such a clear statement? I mean, she said, "Home." What is there to misunderstand? Except everything. Ava clarifies that she wants to take the kids to California and get a new apartment. Johnny thinks she should stay in the beach house. Ava doesn't think that will work, and Jay agrees. He says that he lived in the beach house with another family before his current roommates lived in, and that there was no privacy. Johnny pointedly clears his throat, and Jay says that he's sure they can make it work. Susannah agrees, because they're "lousy with space." She quickly details where everyone would sleep to prove her point. ["How these four apparently marginally employed people shared a house with two dens, an entirely vacant top floor, and a boathouse is a mystery to me." -- Wing Chun] Johnny adds that Ava can't move out when she needs this much help. Ava asks if they're sure they want to do this, and implores them really to think about it. In the next two minutes. Susannah says it doesn't matter if they are sure, because it's not like there are damaged children's psyches and lives at stake. Johnny advises Ava to go tell the kids. Ava sees the three kids sitting alone on the couch, and stops. Johnny gives her a "buck up little camper" shoulder rub, and Ava gains the strength to go and tell the kids that, on top of their parents dying, they now have to move to another state. Like, tomorrow.