Lots of flashback action this week: the robbers decide to trade a hostage for food and cigarettes. Jeremy wants to send Tom the Security Guard, who seems to be doing a lot better. Lizzie volunteers, but Malcolm gives up the information that Felicia is hiding in the back. Randall doesn't want to let Felicia go because it was her phone that called 911. They decide to send Kathryn's mom instead. The cops grab her, and the robbers don't get the food and smokes. Nick talks Kathryn through the whole thing so that she doesn't freak out. Malcolm eventually goes out for the supplies, successfully. Lizzie tells Lucas that she's pregnant when he wonders why she has to pee all the time, and he warns her not to tell Randall about her condition. She promises to keep quiet, and adds that Jeremy doesn't know. In the present day, Nick is getting sick of living with Egan, who decides to throw a poker party since he doesn't know about Nick's gambling problem. Kathryn has a panic attack when Ed nearly proposes to her, and then confesses to her therapist that she can't stop thinking about Nick. She picks a fight with Ed when she finds out that he already told her mother about the engagement, and then goes over to Nick and Egan's poker game, where Malcolm and Felicia join them. Nick gets all serious about betting and ends up taking a bunch of money from Egan, which causes Kathryn to realize that Nick has a problem. She goes back to Ed and agrees to marry him. Nick feels bad about taking Egan's money, and tells Egan he doesn't have to move out just yet. Lizzie wants to talk to Lucas, but he pushes her away, but later allows her to sit with him on his last night in the hospital before returning to jail. Lizzie says that Lucas is the only one who knows what happened in the bank between her and Jeremy, and Lucas advises her not to judge Jeremy by what he did when a gun was pointed at him. Jeremy and Franny go on a date and totally do it. And then at the end, we find out that someone planted a bug in Malcolm's house. Who? Why? Dunno.
Flashback City! In my head, I just sang that to the tune of "Cat Scratch Fever" by Mr. Ted Nugent. You can too, if you want. Anyway, it's hour two of the standoff, 4:27 PM to be exact. The phone inside the bank is ringing, making the robbers nervous. The SWAT guys are closing in outside. Randall is having a nicotine fit and can't find any cigarettes. He wouldn't have any on him? Whatever, plot device. Malcolm is pleased to see that Tom the Security Guard is looking better. Hey, Tom is looking better! He looks fine now! But we know he dies. Interesting.
Lizzie's cell phone starts ringing and she admits that it belongs to her. Lucas stomps over and picks it up. It takes him like two hours to figure out how to make the phone stop ringing, and in the meantime, he looks at who's calling and then gives Lizzie a weird look like he saw something he shouldn't have. Randall is still slamming things around, looking for a smoke, and Kathryn's mom yells at him for throwing a tantrum. Randall moves toward her threateningly, and Kathryn stands up to beg for her mother's life. Nick intercepts Randall and changes the subject to what Randall should be doing â making demands to the negotiators. Nick suggests swapping a hostage for a pack of cigarettes, as a test to see if the negotiators will cooperate. After staring at each other intensely for a few minutes, Randall gives Lucas the nod to make the deal. Lucas picks up the phone and tells the negotiator that they want to trade one hostage for cigarettes and food. Be specific! Ask for a specific brand, and specific food. Right? What if they give you sushi and you hate sushi? That would suck. I mean, more than being held hostage in a bank normally sucks.
Lucas hangs up the phone, and Randall calls out to the hostages to ask who wants to leave. Lucas wonders whether they should discuss it privately first. True -- you don't want hurt feelings! Nick wants to send out Tom, since he's wounded, but Lucas isn't having it. Jeremy convinces Lizzie to put her hand up and volunteer, and then Franny blurts out that Eva should leave, because she has a kid at home. Randall makes a lecherous remark about sisters, and Nick urges him to let both volunteers go. Randall starts taunting Egan, asking him if he wants to go, and Egan says that women should go first, despite the fact that he's probably more emotionally fragile than any of the women, except maybe Kathryn's mom. Malcolm comes to a decision and says that children should leave first, and his daughter is hiding in the back somewhere. Randall and Lucas look confused at this news.