Recap: Camille arrives at Now Wear This carrying a large package of wool that Donna ordered and kisses David hello...and Donna watches their PDA with a pouty expression on her face. After that awkwardness, the three get into a conversation about how Donna buys a lot of her boutique supplies online, and Camille gushes, "She saves a fortune on sales tax!" David looks intrigued by Donna's utilization of the World Wide Web...and even more intrigued when Donna tells him she's thinking of creating a website for her boutique: DonnaMartinOriginals.com. David tells her he knows a great web designer, then jots down the guy's contact info. After Camille ambles off to run an errand, Donna asks David if everything is OK with them, and he's like, "Yeah, sorta" and explains that he's been keeping his distance 'cause Camille tends to get jealous whenever they hang out a lot.
Beach house. Kelly asks Matt why he's been so distant lately...then assumes it's 'cause she borrowed his car and damaged it when she accidentally side-swiped another car. Matt looks relieved that she hasn't twigged onto the real reason he's been acting so guilt-ridden, and breezily tells her he's just stressed out about the usual: his failing law practice and subsequent cash shortage. Kelly assures him that somehow everything is going to work out just fine...and when it looks like he wants to confess something, she shuts him up with a smooch.
Steve, Janet, and Maddy are visiting their next door neighbors, the Gundersons. Janet has brought along her Doberman, Georgia, and explains to the Gundersons that she and Steve are dog-sitting for her parents. The Gunderson's young daughter shows off her pet rabbit Fluffy, and Georgia stares hungrily at her and lets out a few barks. The Gundersons ask Steve what he does for a living, and he unashamedly tells them that he and Janet run The Beverly Beat, and that his latest project is an exposé on celebrity nose jobs. The unimpressed Gundersons stare at them disdainfully and promptly cut the visit short.
Casa David. Noah finds Ellen slumped on the bathroom floor wailing, "I can't dooooo this!" and says she's already convinced herself that her new boss is going to hate her. Noah assures her he won't (assuming she has the sense to knock off the whining, self-piteous routine while she's at work), and that everyone has jitters when they start a new job. Ellen says she feels pressured to not let him down, and Noah promises it'll all be OK, then offers to give her a lift to the office.
The Peach Pit. Kelly tells Matt she wants to start planning their wedding, then jokes about wanting to be safely wed to him before he realizes he could do a lot better. Dylan slouches over to their table and asks whassup, and Kelly smugly tells him that they were just talking about their wedding, which will likely take place in a church. Dylan gets all fake enthusiastic and says a church is a great idea...then reminds Matt that churches have "all that religious stuff", such as confessionals. He mumbles, "I'm sure you'll be very happy" as Matt shoots him the stink-eye.
Now Wear This. David's web designer friend, Mitch , is showing Donna and Camille various website prototypes, and gabbles about online purchases, promotion, and advertising. Donna says she's concerned that a website could bring more business than she can handle, so Camille says that that's what investors are for. Donna shakes her head and sanctimoniously says if she can't/won't invest in her own company, she can't expect others to. She then turn to Mitch and primly says, "The Internet revolution will have to go on without me" and Camille scrunches her face in befuddlement.
The Walsh house. Janet tells Steve she thinks the Gundersons are obnoxious snoots - but Steve says he doesn't want to alienate them 'cause the husband, Booth, is on the board of a great private school he wants Maddy to one day attend. The two suddenly gasp in horror when Georgia trots into the kitchen with Fluffy in her mouth...and by Fluffy, I mean a stuffed rabbit toy that the props people lamely tried to pass off as the Gunderson's deceased pet. Steve and Janet are all, "OMG, Georgia! Nooooo!!"
After Dark. Matt is sitting at the bar in the middle of the day, drowning his sorrows in a glass of ice water. I'm getting the sense that he's completely thrown in the towel on even attempting to revive his defunct law practice. Camille arrives unannounced to meet with Dylan, and tells him that she (meaning Donna) has a business proposition regarding an Internet company that she (meaning Donna) is thinking of starting. Dylan tells her he'll meet her in his office shortly, then slouches over to where Matt's sitting to ask him whassup. Matt bitchily accuses Dylan of enjoying watching him squirm after he unwittingly cheated on Kelly, and grumbles that she'll leave him if she ever finds out. Dylan says he doesn't know that for sure, but then back pedals and says, "Yeah, she probably would." Matt asks what he should do, and Dylan says if he were in his shoes, he'd keep his mouth shut about doinking Amy.
Matt gets all irritable as he and Kelly visit various churches and meet with ministers. Kelly asks him whassup with his chronic grumpiness...and when he pretends it's still the stress of work and money, she snaps, "Deal with it!" and stalks off.
Now Wear This. David asks Donna what she thought of Mitch, and she tells him she's terrified of the power of the Internet. She says she likes dealing solely with in-person shoppers, and doesn't want to screw with the boutique's (implausible) success. Camille enters the store with Dylan, and he excitedly announces to Donna that he'd like to invest in her online store, and that Camille's pitch convinced him that it'd be a good investment. Donna says she's not comfortable with bringing in investors yet, so Dylan suggests they all talk it out over dinner tonight. David chides Camille for blowing off their lunch date, so she explains she was so busy persuading Dylan to shell out money for DonnaMartinOriginals.com that she lost track of time.
The Walsh house. Janet tells Steve they're going to have to 'fess up to the Gundersons about Fluffy's demise, but Steve is still freaked out and suggests they dump Georgia at the nearest dog pound. Janet tells him to chillax, and says there's no way in hell she's giving up her childhood pet just 'cause she may have eaten the neighbor's rabbit. She then reminisces about the day she and her parents picked out Georgia at a pet store when she was just a tiny pup...and suddenly an awful idea begins to hatch in Steve's tiny brain.
Restaurant. Mitch is going over all the advantages of launching an online store with Donna, Camille, David, and Dylan. Camille excitedly gushes, "This could be huge!" but David says he's suddenly not so sure it's a good idea and urges Donna to be cautious. He gets up and wanders off, and a frustrated looking Camille excuses herself to scurry after him. Dylan urges Donna to take a risk, then bids her good night and leaves her alone at the table with Mitch. Donna tells Mitch that his pitch is very effective, and that he's very persuasive...and he gazes at her all smitten-like (because of course he does, it's Donna) and asks her out to dinner. David, meanwhile, admonishes Camille for taking it upon herself to go to Dylan after Donna told her not to...and Camille says she had every right to since she owns a small piece of the store, then gets annoyed at him for always siding with Donna. Dylan slouches over to where they're standing and mumbles, "Donna is thinking about it" then continues slouching in the direction of the exit.
Beverly Royale Hotel. Kelly drops by Dylan's room in the middle of the night to ask him if anything happened with Matt when the two of them went on their dirt biking weekend. Dylan fibs and says that absolutely nothing happened...and she's like, "OK, thanks!" and leaves. LOL. That seemed like an oddly brief conversation.
The Walsh house. Steve has gone to the pet store and bought a replica of Fluffy. He tells Janet he's going to need to add some hair dye to her all white fur so that she'll have the same black spots that the late Fluffy did. Janet implores him to abandon this horrible idea and just tell the Gundersons the truth, but Steve says he'd much prefer to install this changeling rabbit in the Gunderson's yard so they'll be none the wiser about Georgia killing the original. It's really hard for me to get my brain around 1) that a writer came up with this moronic subplot, and 2) whoever was in charge gave it the green light.
Beach house. Camille drops by to apologize to Donna for going to Dylan behind her back and asking him to invest in her online store. Donna tells her that after mulling it over for the last couple of days, she's glad she took the initiative...and the two hug out any bad blood and head to work.
Dylan runs into Matt in the mall courtyard and tells him that Kelly came to see him last night to ask him if anything happened during their weekend trip. He says he told Kelly nothing, but that clearly she senses that something is very wrong. He chides Matt for walking around looking totally guilt-ridden, and warns him that sooner or later the shit is going to hit the fan once Kelly figures out the truth.
The Walsh house. When darkness falls, Steve and Janet launch Operation Replace Fluffy. The two climb the tree that borders the two properties, and Steve jumps into the Gunderson's yard. Janet hands him the cage with Fluffy 2 in it, but Steve stupidly drops it, and the bunny gets loose and starts hopping into the nearby bushes. Steve's all, "Ack!" and chases after it...and in the process gets close enough to an open window to overhear the Gundersons talking shit about him and Janet. Fluffy 2 suddenly gets agreeable and goes willingly into the rabbit hutch - but when a dog (Georgia??) starts barking, the Gundersons peer out the window concernedly. Steve leaps back over to his side of the yard, narrowly escaping being spotted.
After Dark. Donna and Mitch are hanging together at the bar. He announces, "David's next" and says that every radio station nowadays is online, so why not David Silver: Live from the After Dark? 'cause, yeah, why shouldn't he have the opportunity to make an arse of himself internationally? Donna calls Mitch a true believer...and he gazes at her flirtily and schmaltzily replies, "I have a lot to believe in." David, meanwhile, bitches at Dylan for getting all cozy with Camille - but Dylan insists that his contact with her is strictly business. Plus her shorn 'do is a major turn-off. Across the club, a distressed Ellen tells Noah she screwed up royally her first day on the job and wails, "I wasn't ready for this!" She blames Noah for pushing her too hard, then storms off. She's quite the pill, this troubled AA gal.
Beach house. Out on the patio, Matt tells Kelly that a couple of things happened in the desert last weekend, namely that he unwittingly drank punch that had been spiked with acid. Kelly snarls, "You dropped acid??" and he corrects her by saying he accidentally consumed it when he drank some punch. She absorbs that tidbit, then snaps, "What else?" and says the alleged acid story doesn't match up with his weird behavior. Matt loses his nerve about coming clean about his doink with Amy and says that this is all he's willing to confess to at this time...then bitches about how there's no winning with her, even when he tries to be honest. He angrily stalks off, and Kelly stares after him with a quizzical expression on her face.
Casa David. Noah tells Ellen that he talked to her boss, Ben, and he assured him that mixups happen all the time...and that it's cool with him if she's a little late for work this morning. Ellen snaps that she doesn't want to go back there and hates all the pressure he's putting on her. She snarls at him to stop trying to give her a normal life, a job, and trying so hard to be her boyfriend. Noah says he can't stop doing those things if they're going to be together, and she bitchily retorts, "Then I guess we're not going to be together." Noah holds up both hands and walks out of the room. Please let this be the end of their unpleasant hookup.
Dylan slouches into Matt's office to tell him that the celebration party for Donna's impending online store is about to get underway. Matt snappishly predicts that the minute he and Kelly break up, he'll probably just slip right in. Dylan mumbles, "She's yours to lose" and adds that if he does lose her, he'll have no one to blame but himself.
Now Wear This. David tells Donna he hates that Camille and the others are pressuring her to launch an online store, and Donna says she doesn't want to be the cause of problems between him and Camille. Dylan enters the store carrying a bottle of champagne...then opens it, pours some for everyone, and makes a toast. Camille gets in on that action and squeals, "Look out, America!" and Mitch assures Donna that her online store is going to do great, then leans in to give her a cheek kiss. Dylan tells a mopish looking David he should be happy for Donna, then slouches over to Camille, calls her a crazy kook, and gives her a celebratory hug. David shoots him a hateful glare.
The Walsh house. Steve tells Janet he now agrees with her that Booth Gunderson is a pompous windbag, and that he's willing to come clean about Fluffy's fate. When they arrive at the Gundersons for an Easter gathering, a small group of kids are clustered around Fluffy 2 while Booth mutters unintelligibly. Janet asks him if anything is wrong, so he explains that Fluffy died on Friday after choking on a carrot - but yet here she is, alive and well! He adds that when Fluffy died, they buried her in a nearby flower bed...and when Janet and Steve amble over to the flower bed and see the open, empty grave, they put two and two together and deduce that Georgia must have dug up Fluffy's corpse. Steve suddenly gets a brilliant idea for the next Beat headline: Easter Bunny Rises From the Grave!
The Peach Pit. Donna joins Noah at the counter and tells him about her new Internet venture. He's like, "That's nice" and tells her how bummed he is about screwing things up with Ellen...then remembers that when he was going through his binge-drinking phase, he expected Donna to save him. Eventually he realized he had to save himself, and hopes that Ellen will come to the same conclusion asap. Donna tells him he's done all he can for Ellen, and that at some point she's going to have to stop her endless complaining and sort out her life like a mature adult. Noah wails, "What if she caaaan't?" and Donna just shrugs disinterestedly and makes a half-hearted attempt to comfort him.
Casa David. Camille notices that David is mopier than usual and asks him whassup. He tells her he's annoyed at Dylan 'cause he thinks he's into her, and Camille denies that anything resembling hanky panky is going on and says she doesn't deserve this kind of accusation. She reminds him that he expects her to accept his friendship with Donna...but yet he's getting his panties in a twist about accepting her non-existent relationship with Dylan. David says she's not aware of Dylan's sordid history, including the way he overstepped with his most recent ex-girlfriend (Gina), and she snaps, "That's your problem" and heads off to bed.
The Walsh house. Kelly apologizes to Matt for acting so snarky the other night when he confessed drinking acid. She admits that she can be a harsh, judgey bitch even at the best of times...and Matt quickly forgives her and gives her a hug. She tells him she wants to put all the unpleasantness of the dirt biking/acid dropping weekend behind them, and he's like, "Sounds great!" and the two share another hug.
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