Episode 6, Loose Ends
|Marja-Lewis Ryan||…||(developed by)|
|Ilene Chaiken||…||(created by) and|
|Kathy Greenberg||…||(created by) &|
|Michele Abbott||…||(created by)|
|Nancy C. Mejia||…||(written by) (as Nancy C. Mejía)|
|Francesca Butler||…||(executive story editor)|
|Thomas Page McBee||…||(story editor)|
|Allie Romano||…||(staff writer)|
Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification
|Jennifer Beals||…||Bette Porter|
|Katherine Moennig||…||Shane McCutcheon|
|Leisha Hailey||…||Alice Pieszecki|
|Arienne Mandi||…||Dani Nunez|
|Leo Sheng||…||Micah Lee|
|Jacqueline Toboni||…||Sarah Finley|
|Rosanny Zayas||…||Sophie Suarez|
|Stephanie Allynne||…||Natalie ‘Nat’ Bailey|
|Jamie Clayton||…||Tess Van De Berg|
|Brian Michael Smith||…||Pierce Williams|
|Lex Scott Davis||…||Quiara Thompson|
|Laurel Holloman||…||Tina Kennard|
|Jordan Hull||…||Angelica Porter-Kennard|
|Salome Azizi||…||Darcie Lewis (as Salomé Azizi)|
|Courtney Friel||…||Reporter #1|
|Danielle Nottingham||…||Reporter #2|
|Kirk Hawkins||…||Reporter #3|
HUGE THANKS to @BAT2012 for this awesome summary!
Loose Ends aired 1/12/2020
Episode opens with reporters and news crews camped outside Bette’s house the morning after she allegedly assaulted Tyler Adams (Felicity’s husband) by pushing him down the stairs at the theatre.
Dani and Pierce are inside the house on the phone in crisis mode trying to calm the situation and get Bette’s side of the story out there which is that Tyler is the one that assaulted Angie by pushing her down and Bette was simply protecting her daughter.
Alice and Shane arrive at the house dodging reporter’s questions of Alice’s culpability in Bette’s indiscretions. She’d continued seeing Felicity in secret after going on Alice’s talk show and publicly stating it was over. The fact that Bette broke off the affair with Felicity the day before didn’t hold any weight in absolving her. Not only had she lied to her constituents, she also kept the truth from Alice who is understandably even more pissed off when she finds out that Shane knew.
Alice was completely blind-sided by her ‘friends’ and wants no part of trying to fix things. Bette’s feeble apology falls on deaf ears as Alice storms out of the house. She’d put herself on the line to defend a friend that she trusted, and now she had to deal with the fall-out.
Always the loyal friend Shane sticks around and tells Bette that Alice will come around. She just needed time to cool off. Shane is being super supportive and just wants to know what Bette needs, and how she can help. She asks about Angie and Bette tells her that she spent the night at Jordi’s. The events of the previous night had shaken them both. In the meantime, Bette gets an alert on her phone reminding her that Angie has an appointment at the DMV to take her driving test.
Shane reminds Bette that she can’t take Angie because of all the reporters that would be following her around, then suggests that Shane and Quiara can take her. Bette is grateful for her loyal and ever supportive friend. But her emotions are raw, and she breaks down and cries in Shane’s arms then goes into panic mode and decides the only thing she can do is drop out of the race.
Shane being Shane totally supports her, and says she can drop out whenever she wants, but Dani has other ideas. She intercepts Bette’s rush to the front door to face the reporters telling her not to quit and to just give them a few more minutes to fix things. Dani is forceful telling Bette that she can’t go outside, but Bette is even more forceful saying ‘you cannot tell me what to fucking do” and almost tears the door off its hinges.
On the other side of the door she’s stunned to find not reporters on her doorstep, but none other than her ex-wife Tina Kennard. Without any warning Angie had called her other mother to come help them get through this crisis.
Shane’s Bar – Dana’s
Tess and Finley wake up from their alcoholic stupor, half naked and tangled up on the couch at the bar. Finley is parched and Tess is mortified that she blew her sobriety. She is pulling on her skimpy outfit and mumbles that she needs to call her sponsor and go to a meeting. Finley, ever so clueless fixes them both mimosas and proceeds to drink it, when Shane walks in.
Although she has grounds to fire Tess, Shane shows compassion when Tess admits to falling off the wagon. Shane simply tells Tess to clean up the place and walks out. Finley doesn’t comprehend the seriousness of the situation until it dawns on her that Tess is a recovering alcoholic. She tries to apologize but Tess doesn’t allow her to take any blame. Tess is taking responsibility for her own actions, but Finley feels bad for her part in it.
Bette and Tina are in what might be Bette’s study sitting at a conference room table. Tina is finishing up a phone call giving instructions as she apparently dropped everything to come to Los Angeles. We don’t know where she lives but she is still in the movie business.
Tina spots the program from Jordi’s play on the table and asks Bette how the play was. Bette says Jordi did great in the play but admits she doesn’t know how she feels about her relationship with Angie. She says Jordi makes her nervous, but Tina brushes it off saying anyone that likes their daughter would make them nervous.
Bette contemplates that then wonders if they’ve had sex yet. Tina apparently is up to date on Angie’s crush and tells Bette that they haven’t even kissed which brings Bette some relief. In a self-deprecating tone Bette says at least she’d done something right, but Tina doesn’t allow her to wallow. She puts her hand on Bette’s arm and they gaze into each other’s eyes; you can see the connection that they still share. Bette seems to want to linger in the moment, but Tina gets them back to the issue at hand by asking Bette to explain what happened the night before.
In an emotional retelling Bette explains how she could hear Tyler calling her name before she saw him. He was screaming Bette’s name. She tried to get Angie and Jordi to safety by handing Angie the car keys and telling them to go to the car, but before they could move Tyler charges up the stairs coming for Bette. Angie stepped in the way and he pushed her to the ground.
Tina is visibly upset too as she hears of the violent actions of a drunken jilted husband. In an act of self-defense Bette admits to pushing Tyler and that’s when he fell backwards down the stairs. She pauses; she doesn’t say it, but you can surmise that she thought she might have killed him.
After Bette finishes Tina asks if Tyler is pressing charges and Bette responds that she doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Her laugh is bordering on hysteria quickly sobers when Tina’s phone buzzes. Tina appears to be exasperated at the interruption, but she takes the call. As Bette hears some of the conversation as Tina walks out the room her facial expression is of incredulity. She’s on the verge of tears as she listens to her ex-wife likely talking to her current lover; she’s scared and really has no idea what is going to happen.
Sophie as usual is pissed at Dani and she’s taking out her frustration on lunch meat while making sandwiches for herself and Finley. She’s still whining that Dani won’t talk to her, shuts her out, processes everything by herself and is always asking for space. Finley appears to be using humor to lighten the mood. After lunch they go to the pool. Sophie is on a lounger and Finley is swimming topless. Finley tells Sophie about her night, and how screwed up everything is. She misses Rebecca and wonders if she’s too broken to have healthy relationships. Sophie assures her that she isn’t damaged. They decide that instead of wallowing in their misery they would have a night out of drinking and dancing.
Dani and Pierce are still trying to manage the fallout. Dani is optimistic that she can fix everything, but Pierce is doubtful. Donors are losing trust and as campaign promoter he can’t convince them otherwise because he no longer trusts Bette. He confronts Dani about when she found out about Bette still sleeping with Felicity. Like Alice Pierce was also kept in the dark and had only found out that morning. He is incensed at being lied to, and especially with Dani’s response that he should be used to it since he’s in politics.
Dani further goes on to say that she is sorry that Bette disappointed Pierce not realizing the magnitude of the trust and belief he’d put in Bette to make a difference, to open doors, and to incite change for the greater LGBTQ community. As a transman seeing someone like Bette become mayor meant that people like him might have a better life and provide opportunities to move into higher positions. He’s aware that her opponents just need a reason to keep her down, and unfortunately Bette is her worst enemy.
Dani is still 110% behind Bette and is convinced she can still win. She’s not giving up. She’s impassioned that Bette is special, that she’s inspiring, that she can change people like she’s changed Dani. She can see that Pierce is hurt but she thinks Bette is worth the pain. It then dawns on Pierce that Dani is in Bette’s camp and he’s the odd man out. He wishes Dani luck and quits the campaign saying he needs to find his own way to change the world. Everything now rests on Dani’s shoulder.
The DMV / Jordi’s House
Angie aces the driving test, so Shane hands over her car keys and tells her she can drive them anywhere she pleases as her reward. Angie chooses to drive to Jordi’s house then proceeds to have a conversation with Shane and Quiara about knowing when you’re in love.
She is crushing hard on Jordi and she thinks it’s love but naturally she’s scared that Jordi won’t feel the same. Shane and Quiara boost her confidence with their love story of how they met in France. They tell her to go for it, and she does. She confesses her love to Jordi and is thrilled that her feelings are reciprocated. The two young lovers share their first kiss, while Shane and Quiara cheer them on. At the same time Shane decides she’s in. She wants her life with Quiara, and that includes their baby.
Alice, Nat and Gigi
Alice is at a restaurant telling her two lovers about Bette and Shane’s betrayal. They try to comfort her but there is obviously an underlying conversation going on between Nat and Gigi about trust and avoidance. Gigi proceeds to out their trouple relationship to the waitress who recognized Alice from her show. They are both mad at Gigi who appears clueless about what she’s done. Gigi refuses to go back in the ‘closet’ and wants to be out and open about their relationship, to the world and to their kids. Nat has apprehension about the whole thing.
They get home arguing and Gigi leaves in anger. Nat accuses Alice of taking Gigi’s side. They walk into the bedroom and finds cards from the kids for all three moms. Apparently, the kids know what is going on and they seem fine with it. Nat confesses she has all these feelings for Gigi, but she loves Alice and doesn’t want to hurt her. Alice thinks they are strong and doesn’t feel threatened. They start to make out then decide they should call Gigi back to join them.
Tina is fixing tea for both her and Bette when they get a text that Angie passed her driving test. They both joke about their experiences teaching Angie to drive and how horrible it had been for their daughter. Tina says Angie is just like Bette, and Bette says Angie is just like Tina. Bette is glad that Angie passed because she was sure Angie would blame her if she didn’t. Bette is doubting her parenting abilities again saying she hoped she hadn’t screwed up their daughter. Tina reassures Bette that she’s a good mom, and Bette says the same about Tina.
Tina gets that look that says she’s been holding something inside that needs to come out. The thing is Bette’s ability to create space for Angie, when she’d failed to do it for Tina. They have the same old argument about Bette taking up all the space, and Tina making the sacrifices. Bette is unapologetic saying she didn’t ask Tina to do that. Tina retorts that she didn’t have to because everything was always on Bette’s timeline, and Bette’s terms. This is obviously a sensitive issue for Tina that is yet to be resolved even though they are now divorced. Bette says Tina’s assessment isn’t fair, and when Tina responds, ‘of course not because you are never wrong’ Bette’s response is ‘look around you, I am wrong all the fucking time.’
Bette starts to walk away but before she leaves Tina asks if she’s still seeing ‘that woman’. Bette tells her they broke if off the day before but admits she should have done it sooner. Tina’s snippy response gets Bette’s ire up. She tells Tina that Felicity was there for her when Kit died. Apparently, Tina wasn’t and had not attended the funeral. Her excuse being that they were freshly divorced, and it would have been hard and confusing, and she was trying to protect Bette. Bette calls it a bullshit excuse. Ultimately Tina needed her space. Bette told her she should have been there. “I thought you were my family” leaving Tina guilt-ridden.
Shane’s Bar – Dana’s
Sophie and Finley get shitfaced drunk. Tess is bartending and sneaking liquor into her water glass. Sophie is still bitching about Dani. It now appears that Sophie is either jealous or suspects there is something going on between Dani and Bette. Finley and Tess get past their awkward moments of sleeping with a friend; don’t make it weird and it won’t happen again conversation takes place.
Shane drops by the bar to tell Finley that Quiara is moving home, so Finley has a week to move out. Sophie is excited that now Finley can live with her. They have a goofy time dancing then Finley rides them home on her bike. They confess to being bros and they love each other. Finley beams when Sophie tells her that ‘she’s the best part of her day, and she loves the shit out of her’. That was the ego boost that she needed. Nothing romantic happened between them in this episode. When Dani comes home she finds Finley and Sophie cuddled up on the couch. Sophie isn’t sleeping and the minute she sees Dani she verbally attacks her with the whole why won’t you talk to me bullshit; … blah blah blah. Dani is obviously exhausted; she’s had a tough day and she just wants to be alone. Sophie is drunk and won’t except the rebuff. Dani blows up when Sophie pressures her to talk. “I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY!!”
Bette’s house – Angie and Tina
Angie and Tina are in Angie’s bedroom. The teen is giddy from getting her drivers license, telling Jordi that she loves her and having it returned and of course sharing their first kiss. Tina asks to see the license; glad she was there when it happened then gets sad about missing other milestones.
Angie asks her why she isn’t there more. They have a heart to heart that boils down to finding your way in life. Tina tells Angie that she (Angie) is experiencing it at the appropriate age (as a teenager), but Tina didn’t. She talks about meeting and falling in love with Bette but then she somehow got lost and she didn’t think she could “find herself” unless she left. Her explanation makes sense to Angie in that she needed to be whole for Angie and that was a sacrifice she had to make for both their sakes. Tina assures her daughter that despite being away she is the most important person in her world, and she makes her very happy. She tells Angie that she misses her terribly and Angie confesses the same.
Tina worries that Angie called because she wasn’t OK, but her daughter assures her, she is fine. She’s beyond fine and flashes a beautiful smile. Angie called because she thought Bette needed Tina. With the serious talk out of the way, Angie is bursting to tell Tina about kissing Jordi, but first has her pinky swear that she’ll keep it a secret, and she won’t freak out. Tina is like a kid in her reaction. She’s so excited at her daughter’s first kiss. It’s a beautiful scene between a mother and daughter that obviously share a deep love, affection and trust.
Bette’s House – late at night
Dani finally gets the word that Tyler is not suing Bette, but he wants a public apology. As only Bette would answer “tell him to go fuck himself’. Dani tells her that won’t go over well. She convinces Bette that she has two options. Either get out of the race or pivot and give the speech that only she can give.
“You have the power to change people. You changed me.” Dani’s words convince Bette of the right option. She’s staying in the race. She faces the reporters and gives an emotional speech finally admitting publicly why she is running. Kit died of a heroin overdose, but it was because months earlier she was in a car accident and was carelessly prescribed a very powerful opioid pain killer. Once being an addict made her susceptible, and she became addicted. No one at the hospital or her doctors asked the one question that could have saved her life. “Are you an addict?” Everyone failed Kit, Bette wouldn’t.
During the speech we hear Bette’s voice, but the scenes include Tina, Bette and Angie lying in bed together. Angie told Bette that she didn’t want her to quit. We see Shane and Quiara cuddled up declaring their love. We see Alice, Nat, Gigi and the kids sleeping in the same bed.
Finally, it’s time for Tina to leave. She’s at the door with her luggage. She tells Bette it was a great speech, and that she’s going to make a great mayor. Bette thanks her but doesn’t sound convinced. Her voice is raspy. It’s apparent that the emotional stress of the day has taken its toll.
Tina: If you need anything. I’m here.”
Bette: Thank you.
Tina taking a breath. “I am your family, you know.”
Bette nodding and smiling. “I know.”
Tina: I love you
Bette: I love you
Anyone that knows TiBette knows there is one thing that Tina can say to Bette that breaks down all her defenses.
Tina: “Come Here”
They hug tightly. Tina starts to pull away, but Bette holds on tighter.
Bette: Please don’t go. Please.