Kat calls her mom again. Gives another "I gotta go for it" speech in a sit-down. She gets on a plane to San Diego but not before we see lots of shots of Kat looking lovely and lonely, stomping through the terminal with all of her luggage.
Back in the U.S., Kat is greeted warmly by her NYU teammates who have missed her and can't wait to hug her in front of MTV's cameras. She sees her old coach, who is happy to see her. She talks about his coaching style in a sit-down, but it's really not very interesting, especially since we won't see him ever again after this episode. More "I gotta go for it" stuff.
Mike still hasn't gotten the money. Mike begs Graham for more time. Graham is still cool about waiting since it means being on-camera longer. Sean and Mike decide to ask Mike's dad for a loan against a future sponsorship deal. Mike explains in a sit-down that a part of him wants to do this on his own, "But another part of [him] says, 'no one really gets anywhere without someone helping them.'" Mike stares at his computer screen. He's drawn a racing car in MacDraw. How illuminating.
Back in San Diego, Kat claims in a voice-over to be a bitch when she fences, which is why none of her family comes to watch her fence. I guess, to Kat, being a bitch means shaking her head a lot when she loses. And she does lose so it's time to get back to London. Lots more people who want to be on TV hug her goodbye. Coach tells her she did her best and that there's always senior circuit. She flies back to London. That was fast.
Mike has a talk with his father. Father tells him that Sean called about a loan, but Mike's father can't float a loan because he just bought a new house. What? They finally decide to ask Mike's father for money, and Mike has Sean do it? Okay, whatever. Mike doesn't know what his options are. Mike's dad tells Mike what he told Sean: Mike should be "peddling" for sponsors himself. Never thought I'd say this but, "Word, Mike's father!" Mike tells his father that he doesn't want to be without a car for six months. Mike's father tells him that he can race cars if he comes home. Mike is pissed that his father wants him to fail. He goes and complains to Lars. Lars asks him if his father is worried because he can't get sponsors. No, says Mike: "He opened up another bottle of champagne when I told him this." In a sit-down, Mike decides that maybe he's supposed to learn from this failure. Maybe so, Mike, but "failure" usually implies TRYING and THEN failing.