In this next to last episode, the opening scene sets the stage for the next Fisher-Diaz Funeral. An unrepentant murderer is given a lethal injection in Texas while his adult children look on. According to his daughter, he may have killed some women but he was really a "good dad" to her even if he beat up her brother.
Meanwhile, Claire tells no one about her pregnancy and arranges for an abortion. She needs a ride but is afraid to confide in any of her family members.
Looks like time's up for Keith and David. They are constantly arguing and there is no longer any joy in their relationship. Keith is resentful that David tried to support him in San Diego, and David goes to his men's choir and seeks solace with a friend. He finally stands up to Keith and tells him that he is ready to break it off. He will find a place and get his stuff out. Keith seems very surprised as if he didn't see this coming.
A Dr. Pepper can mysteriously appears in the fridge and Claire says it belongs to Lisa. Nate doesn't believe this, but it's definitely strange that there was an empty Dr. P. can in the car as well. Nate has many fantasies about Lisa's disappearance. He is so haunted by it, that he constantly has scenarios in his head. In one, she runs off with a past boyfriend, in another she meets the executed murderer Carl Williman, in yet another one she just takes off her clothes and walks into the Ocean. He is so distraught that he even calls the murderer's daughter and has a romp with her and then coldly casts her aside.
Brenda can't get through to Nate. She finally waits for him at the house but cannot penetrate the wall that he has built up around himself. It's a good thing she is there, however, because Claire asks for a ride to the Clinic and Brenda is willing to do that as well as take Claire to her apartment afterwards and care for her.
Ruth has quickly moved into an intimate relationship with George and they are talking marriage. When she tries to break it to David by saying "When I'm with him life is full of possibilities," he reminds her that she's only known George several weeks. She tells George that they should slow down and he is willing to wait because he also feels that this is his last chance for happiness and whatever she wants to do is fine.
The family has come to accept that Lisa is most likely dead and is trying to deal with it all except for Nate for whom the fact of Lisa's death is something he simply cannot come to grips with. He sees her everywhere and dreams about her during his restless nights.
Claire tries to tell Nate that Brenda really cares about him and to cut her some slack, but Nate has shut down to everything but his deepest, darkest thoughts.
Rico and Vanessa still have their problems to contend with and all we see is the sister-in-law badgering him while Vanessa is asleep on the sofa in front of the huge screen TV which they couldn't afford in the first place. This family is in serious trouble.
The only one who ended up happier than they were last week is Ruth. Everyone else is still in a state of flux.
This episode was directed by Kathy Bates.
We get a glimpse of the final show and it looks like we have an upcoming tragedy. Could it be Russell who was just suicidal as DD had suggested in a past post? I think that is highly likely.