Abby! Tucker pretends it's a nice surprise. And pretending she doesn't hate him, Abby barges in - to hug her Mom and gnash her teeth about the film (and who's behind it). It's been 24 hours - no word from Ronan. Abby'd give anything to know what he knows.
Ronan's minding his own business at G-worm's bar when Jessica Rabbit pours herself into the neighbouring stool. Why if it isn't GC's finest, Phyllis purrs in a a cartoonishly seductive voice. What brings you here? Ronan finally manages to drag his eyes upwards to her face. Fate, she replies coyly.
Oh, Heather's still on - and at CL's chatting with Ricky (who gives his infamous sideways 'I'm sinister' look when his sister goes to buy him a coffee.
Having spent the day with Lily, Devon's now at Neil's. No, he didn't see Cane - but woulda hugged him if he did (for saving Lily from the explosion). Asked about new fatherhood, Neil lists the usual reasons a new parent gets no sleep - but oh, how he loves that baby boy. And Sophia? We're finding our way.
Opening her front door, Lily gazes adoringly at her hero - then throws herself lips first at Cane (whom she sticks to like a well cooked noodle to a wall).
Phyllis is decompressing too. From reporting? No - from that craziness at the warehouse. Maybe we can decompress ... together. The innuendo is obvious, the message clear - as eyes on Ronan, Phyllis purses her lips and sucks on her straw.
All we have to do is stay united - as a family - not be intimidated - it'll all work out, Ashley chirps. Yeah - we're totally united, Abby surprises Tucker (leading him to believe he has a chance with Devon). Abby hates to burst his bubble - but Devon's already GOT an incredible family. Gushing about what a great guy Devon is, Abby suddenly realizes how much she likes him - and hurries out (to call Devon). Yeah - he'll meet her at CL's.
Neil finds Devon and Abby's friendship most interesting. Oh we're not so different, Devon claims she's been great through this Tucker thing. Impressed, Neil knows it can't be easy; keeping a level head while being courted by Tucker and Kay. Moses is lucky - Devon sure will be a better brother than Neil's been. No - no word from Malcolm. Sophia waddles in - equally tired but thrilled. Oh how she loves Moses.
The Ashby's sure make beautiful babies. Cane then explains why he wasn't over last night. Lily's been dying to see him. Hearing that Cane's going to see Collin before he's deported, Lily wants to come along.
Neil and Sophia are getting along just great - since she's feeding Neil's child, he's more than happy to feed her. The joking and laughing comes to a halt - when a letter's delivered; Sophia's officially divorced.
Digging into a shared mountainous piece of chocolate cake, Heather gets around to the subject of his client; Sharon. Ricky's just hoping this case will open doors for him. He's on his own - and had to fight for every opportunity he's gotten. Indignant, Heather didn't have a picture perfect childhood either ya know. You wanna compare sob stories? Ricky snarls at his 'Sis'. On cue, Paul interrupts - with his smile and aluminum briefcase - thrilled to see his kids chatting over cake. We're 'great', Ricky's not exactly Tony the Tiger (as he gives Heather the 'shut up or else' stink eye).
On the patio, Devon rises to hug his pal Abby; who wastes no time sharing that she's had a revelation. Taking a seat, she stammers and giggles - hoping that Devon thinks her revelation is a good thing too.
Noticing that Ashley's distracted, Tucker worries that the film changed her perception of him - actually seeing the way he went after Diane.
In an interrogation room, Collin didn't expect to see Lily - though he knew Cane would show up. Couldn't let you go without one last word, Cane sneers.
Now seated at a table, Ronan admits that Phyllis is an expert on baseball. She now turns it up a notch. Ronan must be under a lot of pressure - must be hard - drinking stale coffee - alone with his evidence board. And if he DOES get 'lonely'? Phyllis is willing to talk to Ronan. Leaning forward, Phyllis promises discretion. Also leaning forward, Ronan could really open up to her - IF he didn't know what Phyllis was really after.
Ronan knows the only thing Phyllis is pumping him for - is info on Adam (that Nick wasn't able to get). THAT'S why Phyllis is 'all over him'. Claiming not to care about Adam, Phyllis doesn't see why they should be enemies - when they can be so much more.
Back on the CL's patio, Abby's just about to share her big revelation - when 'surprise!' - it's Roxy ~hug~ Thanked for being such a good friend to Devon (who suddenly remembers Abby was going to tell him something) - Abby decides it's time to leave 'the lovebirds' alone (and scurries out).
Inside, Paul's bummed that the three of them haven't spent more time together. Ricky's sure he and Heather WILL get to know each other - eventually. He's 'in' for spending the holidays together. Squirming, Heather agrees - if she isn't with Mom in New York.
Ashley feels that Diane pushed them both to the brink. 'Losing it' that way isn't like her - or Tucker (who's proven his love). Now let's pick a wedding date - soon. Maybe Devon will come. At mention of the D-word, Tucker gets all intense - God I love you ~kiss~
Lily and Cane both glare down at Collin - glad the vicious animal's locked up. Collin hasn't lost yet. But you HAVE lost; a beautiful wife - a son and daughter. Cane feels that Collin betrayed HIM. Finished? Guess so - because without further word, Cane gives his father a look of utter loathing - and exits behind Lily.
Ronan would LOVE to work with Phyllis. In what position? I mean context. The detective thinks there's more to the warehouse gathering. Secrets are such a burden - and Ronan's just the man to help lighten Phyllis' load.
Sophia knew Malcolm was going to divorce her - but this fast? Reminiscing about happier times, she feels guilty for hurting him. Unsympathetic, Neil says when things get tough Malcolm runs. Removing her ring, Sophia declares herself a single mother. With a father who's not going anywhere, Neil promises with a hug.
What? Nobody else is coming to tell Collin what a low life he is? Just me, Genevieve appears in the doorway.
Now home, Lily expresses her long standing fear of Collin. And now, after fighting so long (for them) Cane's made things right. I should go, he responds. Why? Lily initiates a passionate kiss.
When Ricky excuses himself, Paul updates Heather (that Chance is back in town - and has been working with Ronan on the Atkinson case).
Meanwhile, as Devon opens a gift from Roxy, Ricky joins a pouting Abby. Hey! Haven't I seen you naked? Unimpressed with his pathetic pick up lines, Abby thinks Ricky full of himself. Back on the patio, Devon loves his monogrammed lyric notebook. To Roxy, he's Devon WINTERS - not Hamilton - not McCall ~kiss~ Yeah - Harmony left (as promised) - and Devon has no need to contact her. I missed you too honey ~kiss~
Sexy sax plays - as the Ashby's slowly make their way to the bed - to um ... reconnect.
Having nothing to tell Ronan, Phyllis wishes she could help him. Too bad - Ronan would have liked their evening to continue. Then don't end it - yet, Phyllis is back to working her straw and purring.
The guard leaves Genevieve alone with Collin - to joke about a conjugal visit. Sitting, Gen talks about an old friend from back home - Marty (who might pay Collin a visit in prison). That brightens Collin's spirits. But why'd she 'do it'? Pity - old times sake - a moment of insanity. Collin's always made Genevieve crazy. And with that, she hurries out.
Is Phyllis seducing Ronan? Does he really have to ask? Getting a call, Ronan uh huh's and hmm's (distracted by Phyllis' legs). Gotta go, he ends the call. Where we goin'? Phyllis wonders. Ronan's going back to the station (but pauses to sniff at Phyllis hair - we should talk again soon).
And that brings us to today's musical montage - . Ronan pauses to smile at Phyllis ... Abby turns and leaves Ricky to grin like an idiot (giving him a priceless look as she too pauses before exiting). His smile vanishes - and he looks envious when watching Paul hug Heather .... Devon and Roxy exit the patio arm in arm ... The happy McCall's pick a wedding date ... Sophia puts her wedding ring atop the divorce papers - but instantly perks up when Neil hands her Moses ..... Ronan walks beside Collin (who's being lead out of the station in shackles) ... In bed, the Ashby's bathe in the afterglow.
Next: I have tried to be supportive - for Noah and Faith's sake. You think I deserve to be here! Sharon's angered by Nick .... You're the best thing that has ever happened to me - will you marry me Kevin? (he looks stunned) ... Avery tells Adam - I would feel sorry for you - if you weren't so willing to take this out on my client.
My Thoughts: Sounds like Genevieve's already arranged for Collin's escape (proving that she really IS crazy). So's the guard - for leaving a soon to be deported crime lord alone with the woman he tried to have killed ... Mini blooper alert. Clearly Genevieve forgot she was supposed to proceed into the interrogation room (but by golly, the guard was gonna follow HIS script) ... When inviting his kids to spend the holidays with him, is Paul gonna cook a turkey - or is he just expecting to add them onto Kay's guest list? ... I'm really enjoying the portrayal (if not the character) of Abby. Great recast! Her facial expressions are spot on .... Ronan's a fine one to talk about keeping secrets (since he hasn't explained his departure to anyone) - and Neil's a fine one to talk about 'running' - wasn't he missing for years (lost in the bottle until Dru returned from Paris to snap him out of it)? He even grew the obligatory beard .... CL's chocolate cake can't be all that good - as neither Heather nor Ricky seem to enjoy it .... ... Aw how cute - Abby's crushin on Devon. Good thing Roxy doesn't know - she'd kick her skinny @ss. Guess Abby doesn't know Devon took a break from being Mr Integrity - to be Mr Hey My Pseudo Aunt Looks Hot Enough To Shag' .... Of course Devon's gonna be a better brother than Neil was - and since Devon's got a good 20 years on Moses, you'd THINK the chances of them sleeping with the same woman - or WOMEN would be slim. But - given that Moses will one day undergo the rapid-aging syndrome - putting him at 20 in about 8 years - and GC will likely not be any more racially diverse in 2020 - there's a good chance they will be vying for the same woman. Devon agrees - that 'on the surface' he and Abby are very different (is that like Neil and Vikki not being compatible because they're from 'different worlds'? Meaning - TPTB buckled under the pressure of viewer hate mail) .... Neil's been 'juggling' so hard (juggling NOT being a euphuism for working. Clearly he has no plans to find another job) .... Sophia told Malcolm that she loved him on their 3rd date? .... Nice to see Sophia actually LOOKS (and walks) like a woman who just gave birth (and given the size of Moses - never mind the size of Neil, poor woman may never walk right again). And it sounds like she's breast feeding (which is good since Neil's unemployed - and Sophia's got an abundance of nourishment).... Ashley's in the most unflattering dress today. The Holly Hobby, Victorian style curtain dress manages to make her look chunky. If anything, Tucker should be relieved that the film didn't include Diane throwing him around like a rag doll - cause that mighta changed Ashley's perception of her he-man too..... Phyllis does have a smokin' body - but isn't she a bit old for Ronan? To her credit, her breasts look real and spectacular today ... I could go on all day about the sexual double entendres between Ronan and Phyllis - but I'll just pick one. Seems Ronan's the one who's 'load' is gonna be lightened.