Tara apologizes to Lettie Mae outside the station, for pulling the curtain on Miss Jeanette. "In spite of everything you've done, there's some sick, sick part of me that can't bear to see you suffer," she says. As though compassion is a sickness, she says this. "And I thought if you found out Miss Jeannette was a fraud..." Lettie Mae has it together now, in a big way, and tries to explain again: "There wasn't no fraud. I am living, breathing, thriving proof there wasn't no fraud. I'm still healed. Healed stronger than ever." Tara believes, with tears in her eyes; she's impressed. "The good Lord tested our faith by taking Miss Jeanette away from us." And the inevitable bullshit kicks in: "I stayed true. I wish I could say the same about you, baby." She offers to pray for Tara as her daughter rolls her eyes; we've talked about how offensive that is before so I won't bring it up again, except to say that Lettie Mae is about halfway there, and thank God it's the right half, but damn, avoid her regardless.
"I'm actually doing better than I have in a long time," Tara starts to explain, but Lettie Mae is still in a praying mood. For Miss Jeanette, then, given that there's clearly "something evil" out there that did, in fact, cut her heart out of her body, and Lettie Mae's convinced, quite rightly, that Tara's probably on the list. Tara doesn't hear her mother: she's wrapped in Maryann's arms now, like a soft warm towel. "That's my mother," she says distractedly, and heads to the car. And Maryann gets awesome, sticking her hand out, making Lettie Mae's hand go to her hair, grateful for the attention.
"What a rare opportunity this is! I've always wondered what it would be like to gaze into the eyes of someone so devoid of human compassion that you would abandon your own child when she needed you most." Lettie Mae shakes her head, shocked and honestly confused. "Just as I thought," Maryann nods. "Emptiness. Nothing inside. It's always something Out There that gets all the blame, or all the credit. Whether it's Jesus or gin."