David mumbles something to Janet about how amazing it is that Stephen hit Irene. Janet says that they didn't see it happen, and that Nathan just walked away when they found out, because "it would have gotten ugly." David dramatically says, "It's gonna get uglier. I mean, I wasn't there; I got no beef. But you just don't hit girls." Okay, so this is Drama David with his macho posturing bullshit act, but you know what? There's something really cool about it at the same time. I know intellectually that I should be bothered by David's casual sexism and ridiculous faux chivalry, but at the same time, it's nice to see someone in the house actually taking this act of violence seriously. Plus, you know how I love David when he gets all dramatic, and we haven't seen any good Drama David since Kira left. David stands up and says, "I mean, she might have been out of line. That's cool. But like, he hit her in the face? You never touch a woman. You just don't do that." ["Well, you shouldn't hit anyone, really. But whatever." -- Wing Chun] Janet nods. Lindsay considers how she might sneak out of the house and into the hotel down the street to avoid the whole thing.
You know this is a serious episode, because they aren't even wasting time on Space Needle shots. Rebecca walks out of the house, early in the morning. In an interview, Rebecca says she's sad that Irene is gone. And it's transportation time! This week's modes of transportation montage includes trains, streetcars, boats, cars, people walking, and a guy riding a bike. Rebecca goes to a pay phone and calls a florist or something, because she's dictating what she wants the card to say: "Irene, I miss you. Give me a call soon. Make a wish on a star. Love, Rebecca."
Back at the house, Rebecca asks David what's up with Stephen. David says that when you hit another human being, that's assault. Well, David would know. David says that it "shows a lot about someone's character," and that he knows Rebecca isn't that naïve. I just realized why David feels that what Stephen did was assault, and why what he did wasn't -- David hit a guy, not a girl. Yeah, that's annoying. Rebecca protests that she's not being naïve, and says that she didn't even know about the incident until she got a page today. Rebecca says that Stephen claimed he slapped Irene on the back of the head, and Irene started laughing (which she did, but as we discussed in the forums, I think that was just a nervous reaction). Rebecca says that if Irene really did get hit, it's "mortifying." David agrees.