Ruth's Chris Steak House. Bunny gives his name to the hostess. At first, Namond and the other kids are amused by the trappings of fancy dining, mimicking Bunny announcing that they're a "party of four" and stuff, but when a coat-check girl comes over to take their coats, Namond and Darnell get suspicious and say they'll keep theirs. She moves on with Zenobia's and Bunny's, and then the hostess leads them to their table (past dozens and dozens of white people), pulling out a chair for the lady of the group. However, Zenobia sits elsewhere, so the hostess stays beside it, waiting for Darnell; he misunderstands, thinking it's where the hostess is going to sit, but Bunny tells him it's Darnell's, and he awkwardly sits. The hostess brightly says that the waitress will be right over to tell them all about the specials, and once she's gone, Darnell anxiously asks who that was, if not the waitress. Bunny, smiling gently, explains who she is. Namond tells Bunny not to worry that Namond will run up his bill, promising to get whatever's on special, but Zenobia impatiently tells him that it's not like a blue plate special; it just means they cook something different. She then orders Darnell to take his napkin out of his collar, asking whether he sees anyone else in there looking "all Fred Flintstone and shit." In Darnell's defense, there have certainly been times when I should have had a napkin on my chest; my shirts tend to have a magnetic attraction to food. Anyway, at the "Fred Flintstone" crack, Namond throws back his head and laughs -- not that loudly, but loudly enough for Darnell to hiss at him to shut up so that people aren't looking at them. This is when the waitress comes over, running down the specials, full of scary, unfamiliar words like "chanterelle" and "aioli." When she gets to the end, Namond scowls that he thought they'd have steak, but she assures him that they do, in the menu. She asks their drink orders, and Bunny smiles encouragingly at his charges, but they're too overwhelmed to risk embarrassing themselves, and Bunny rescues them by ordering four Cokes. The waitress takes off to get them, and Bunny smiles harder, already realizing that for these kids, the dinner is not so much a prize as a penalty.
What I had thought was Daniels's bachelor apartment but is apparently actually Rhonda's. In the kitchen, Daniels is eating dinner while Rhonda washes dishes. After a moment, she turns around and asks whether he minds if she comes tomorrow. "'Mind'?" he asks. She clears her throat, all awkward, and asks if he wouldn't be embarrassed. Daniels warmly assures her that he would be proud for her to be there. She chuckles sexily, and Daniels says it's funny how it works out: he spent so many years being careful and covering his ass, but as soon as he let out some of what he actually thought, he got promoted to colonel. And Rhonda was all terrified about her subpoenas, and they ended up getting her promoted, too. Daniels tells Rhonda that Marla once said to him, "You cannot lose if you do not play," but here they are. Rhonda takes Daniels's face in her hands and gives him a big kiss. Daniels muses that "maybe it's changing," and things aren't going to be as fucked up in the city as they have been. Rhonda chuckles again, raising her eyebrows like, "Anything's possible, I guess." Daniels raises his glass: "To Carcetti." "To us," says Rhonda. To enjoying the good times, because God knows they come along seldom enough. Clink.
Steak house. Dinner is over, and the kids come trudging out, Bunny reminding Zenobia that she had wanted to take a picture of the restaurant. Zenobia sadly says it's okay, but Bunny insists, and Zenobia finally hands over the camera from her pocket. Bunny tells the kids they can get in the picture, but none of them wants to, so Bunny is left alone to take a picture of the restaurant awning with Zenobia's sad little disposable camera. They head back to the car, Darnell asking if they can stop at McDonald's. Zenobia bleats at him, but Darnell complains that he doesn't like fish. Zenobia asks why he ordered it, then, and as they bicker in the back seat, Namond turns the radio on to a hip-hop station. Bunny tersely tells him to turn it down, and Namond sasses, "Turn it up? All right!" Darnell and Zenobia bicker some more in the back seat, and the scene breaks your heart like someone sitting on your chest.