Paul explains he'd never gotten around to repainting the window, and now it's all he can do. Marlene nods, leaning against the arch to the den. "When Eddie was sick, I just kept making banana bread. Turns out Eddie hated bananas. I wasn't doing it for him, I was doing it for me. One day he took a whole banana bread, just threw it against the wall."
Paul agrees: Cancer makes people very cranky. Marlene asks if he can honestly blame them, and Paul says that he has found a way. For the whole summer only Marlene has known, about Cathy: Only Marlene has been allowed to help. Marlene tries to explain again. Since the banana bread story didn't sink in -- that everything converges but not everything is necessary; that she could have baked Eddie's favorite cakes instead -- Marlene tries an alternate route. One that will make even less sense.
"Ever occur to you she doesn't want to feel like a burden?"
But Paul doesn't know what that feels like.
"No one likes to feel helpless."
He's not familiar with that feeling either.
"It's still her own journey. Don't hog the road." She stares him down, hoping that one will get through, and leaves.
Twenty bees later -- "and the realization that the Bee Man's probably a lunatic" -- Cathy and Todd are drinking gin at three in the afternoon. Todd wanted to be more supportive, bake more banana bread, but gin will suffice. Everything that rises. "Hey, at least I got away with a parting gift!" She points at her jar of honey; he points at her bravery.
"I was desperate." She smiles: A Tarot reader, down the bar. "I've been to a psychic or two in my day, as well. I'm not ashamed to admit it." He makes fun of her but she says she's only open. "You get older and you just don't want to hear the bad things, so you just stop going. But hey, now I know the bad stuff! I am full of Canadian venom and I'm going to have my cards done."
Cathy calls the woman over, and as she's choosing her cards the Bee Man appears. He flirts with Cathy, seeming drunk already. He sticks his face in Todd's face, adorably, and Cathy wants him to admit that the Bee Man is sexy. Todd refuses.
"You're surrounded with love!" the woman says. It's true.
Cathy tells her not to worry about starting with the good stuff, and she goes on. The next card indicates Cathy and Todd are very happy together. It's true, too, in its way; Cathy laughs and Todd's eyes go wide. They're not a couple, they swear. Like a pair of freaks.