A worried Susan and Bruce are now multitasking: driving around looking for Laurie and playing the blame game.
So let's leave them squabbling and join the most excruciating dinner party this show has given us. Tom and Trina are staring in horror at the giant, metallic tangle of daisies that's been given pride of place over the mantel. And before they've had time to recover, out comes Janet bearing a big ball of cheese. Now, I have nothing against a good cheese ball -- my brother and I usually go get one for our annual Black Friday movie marathon and eat it while marveling at modern science's ability to simulate dairy products -- but oh my gosh, is it not well-received here. Trina strains to find something to say about the mantel thing -- "It's unique!" and Tom grins, "Just like Jan." Ol' Jan holds on a little tighter to one cheese ball lest she inadvertently launch herself at the other one. After a few awkward pauses, Janet invents a pretext for Tom to join her in the kitchen.
Once he's in there, Janet is determined to follow through on Dr. Gardiner's advice: "Tom, I like you. I really do. But the attention you're showing me is making me uncomfortable." Tom goes to apologize and Janet plows ahead with "It's making me uncomfortable because you're not alone. I feel things too." We cut to Tom looking vaguely horrified, yet intrigued. Almost against his will, he nods, "Uh-huh" as Janet natters on, "You live in a world where you could have any woman you want. And I'm flattered that you think I can be a part of it, but I can't." The look of panic on Tom's face is absolutely priceless. But he recovers nicely with "I appreciate you bringing this up before things got out of hand. So thank you." Janet is relieved, and Tom moves on to surer footing: "You're pretty brave. You see something that needs to get done, and you do it. Why, I admire that -- as a friend!" This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.