Cards on the table, time to ante up. We are in media res, having just learned Nancy is pregnant with Esteban’s son. Cesar is over it, and doesn’t agree with Esteban’s assessment that this changes everything. Nancy wriggles free for the moment, begging off Cesar’s offer of a ride home, and stops to ponder this latest brush with death over an iced coffee at the mall. She requires a refreshing beverage to collect herself before cleaning the stray blood of Cesar’s coworkers off her bag.
At the house in Ren-Mar, Silas and Doug are gobbling down the munchie spoils of that Terrifically Gift Basket, plotting to grow a new harvest in a national park. Andy is in mourning, heartsick as everyone waits at the house for Nancy to return. She does, only to find her sons debating who will take her room in the inevitable event of her demise. Andy goes on to plead with her, suggesting that the family flee to Denmark. Apparently her bathtub confession omitted her trump card: her baby boy. A shellshocked Andy flees to ponder the news.
Shane sports a new ‘do and an earring, complements of his streetwise girlfriends. His weed-dealing business hits a rough patch when their English teacher, Mr. Sandusky, shakes him down for free product. Shane is becoming a victim of outrageous circumstance, armed with the privilege and education of the middle class, smarter than everyone around him, but with no means to achieve anything positive despite this potential.
Celia continues to be held captive by her estranged daughter Quinn and her Mexican revolutionary boyfriend Rodolfo, who is tasked with calling everyone in Celia’s phone to demand ransom. Dean is unconcerned with Celia’s plight, more invested in his gin game with Isabelle. “It’s too early for this. We’re really not friends,” Nancy offers. Captain Till is focused on interrogating Sanjay, annoyed that the call isn’t a lead in his quest to avenge his lover’s death. There is still no love lost between Celia and Doug, who dismisses the kidnapper with congenial hostility. Andy offers that everyone is going to die eventually and babbles about Nancy’s pregnancy, incidentally sharing the news with Silas and Doug.
Nancy is summoned to a too-brightly-lit Mexican gynecologist’s office, where they are all hands and no English. Here she is the helpless and vulnerable Senora Gonzales, a far cry from the confident, in-control Lacey LaPlante, meekly suggesting they compromise and have things checked out at a doctor they can both understand. Cesar bristles, and now she is Lazarus, risen from the dead, and required to cooperate unless she’d like to take that ride with Cesar.
Quinn begins to realize that her man isn’t living up to her expectations, much the same realization Celia came to with Dean. As things deteroiorate, Celia tries to build a rapport with Rodolfo. Her pitiful attempts at amends–a spa vacation–go over about as well with Quinn as they did with Isabelle. Noting the failure of their ransom demands, Quinn decides instead to harvest and sell her mother’s organs. When Rodolfo discovers that she had chemotherapy during her cancer treatment and announces that her organs aren’t viable, Quinn snaps and leaves her mother and boyfriend behind, the stench of disappointment in her wake.
As Shane and Silas contemplate the prospect of a new sibling, Andy goes on a heartbreak-fueled baking frenzy, whipping up batches of banana bread. He wants to be okay with this turn of events and focus on his unrequited feelings, but Nancy wouldn’t ever make that easy. “You ruin everything you touch!” he yells when she drops a scalding pan of his fresh bread. Not to mention everyone.
Nancy’s reactivated maternal instincts prompt her to dispatch Andy to deliver Shane to her sister Jill upstate. Apparently Nancy learned nothing from Celia’s experience with sending Quinn away to boarding school. Her sons are both horrified to learn she plans to keep the baby, which Andy praises as new life, the only thing sustaining them all. Despite their protests, Andy and Shane head off to Jill’s, while Silas and Doug set out for Cleveland National Forest.
Nancy, left alone, ventures out for coffee and witnesses a flash mob on the town square. It’s a rare moment of peace and levity amid her precarious predicament. And it ends just as suddenly as it began. On the other side of the square, staring her down, is Cesar, and he is still over it.
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