Once and Again
A Door, About To Open

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A Door, About To Open

B/W Lily says "I don't know Tiffany. I don't want to know Tiffany. Am I really supposed to just let this other woman become involved with my children?" Sound like anyone we know? Again, I don't think it's the right time to point out the hypocrisy here.

Rick is on the phone with Miles who, to my horror, is sprawled naked in his office (his buttocks are covered by a towel, thankfully) getting a massage. It's been a few days since the episode aired, but I still wake up screaming. Anyway, Rick tells him he got the scotch but he won't be able to work late -- he's already got plans with the woman he's seeing and their kids. When will he learn not to tell Miles anything about his personal life? Miles, of course, just uses the information to make a patronizing and manipulative speech, saying "One door opens, and another closes." It's okay, Rick doesn't get it either. Miles says that he admires what Rick is doing (like hell) -- trying to open his heart to another man's child. Miles says he could never do it. Well, no, since that would entail him actually having a heart to open. Rick yanks the pencils from the mug on his desk and violently unscrews the cap on the scotch. All right, here it comes, Rick's going to get loaded, and he's going to lose the account, and Lily's going to figure out that he's an alcoholic, right? I mean, that's what the previews promised, didn't they? Yeeeah, not quite. Rick the "radical fellow" simply pours himself a nice slug of scotch. Miles keeps blathering on, saying that it's one of life's "sliest tricks" that there are always "children waiting in the wings like little wet blankets. Or cold showers." I love it. Miles then says he doesn't want to wait until Monday to meet with Rick. "People postpone things, and they shouldn't." Sound familiar? Rick still insists that, although he's sorry to put off Miles, he has plans. Miles says plans are made to be altered. Yeah, but only when they're someone else's plans, right?

Cut back to Crusty, who's telling Lily about her stepmother. She says she's a "perfectly nice person, if you like gravy boats," but she tries too hard and is so desperate for Crusty's approval that she works overtime to get it. "Which is certainly a contributing factor to, you know, [Crusty's] hatred of her. It is the curse of the stepmother." She then goes on to say that all her friends hate their stepmothers, too, and she's met some of them -- "they're lovely women, but they're stepmothers. It is their destiny to try too hard and be despised for it." Ah, she's like a breath of fresh air, isn't she? She tells Lily that she has "nothing to fear from this Tiffany person" and then dashes off, having no clue that her words were like a glass of ice water thrown in Lily's face.

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