Recap: Kelly and Alison have been admitted to the hospital and are being treated in the burn unit. Donna and David are sitting in the waiting room, and a grim looking Brandon ambles over to them. Donna assures him that Kelly's going to be OK, but Brandon tells her he really needs to hear that from a doctor. Elsewhere in the waiting room, Alison's girlfriend (Dana) is sitting by herself, silently weeping.
Lawyer's office. Rush Sanders is discussing the fallout from the rave fire with his lawyer, while Steve's on the phone looking shell-shocked. He hangs up and mumbles that there's no change (in Kelly's condition, I will assume). The lawyer tells Rush the city is demanding that someone pay for the cost of the fire trucks, EMT and ER services...and adds that if Steve and Griffin plead guilty to disturbing the peace, they'll just be sentenced to community service. Rush seems happy 'bout that, but says they still have to deal with the "personal injury thing". Ah yes...those pesky burn victims.
Hospital. A nurse is bandaging Kelly's charred hand, and it looks like she also has a nasty burn on the right side of her neck. She regains consciousness, sees the nurse, and croaks, "Where's Alison?" The nurse tells her she's right down the hall and that when she's feeling better she can visit her. In the hallway, Jackie tells Brandon that Kelly fared a lot better than poor Alison, who will need several skin grafts...and even then it's likely that her face will be hideously scarred for life. Brandon tip-toes into Kelly's room, leans over to kiss her forehead, and assures her she's going to be fine. He says he hates to see her in pain, so she tells him she can't really feel much of anything with all the meds she's been given. Brandon says this wouldn't have happened to her if he'd been at the rave...and when Kelly looks momentarily confused and asks him where he was, he sheepishly reminds her that he was at the, um, airport. She asks him if Emily got on her connecting flight OK - but before he can respond, the nurse interrupts and tells Brandon that Kelly needs to rest.
KEG house. Eduardo (the hapless Mexican caterer of the rave) tells Steve he needs to get paid. Steve snaps that he has "impeccable timing" and starts railing about how his close friend is in the hospital, and that he has a lot more important shit to deal with without a caterer breathing down his neck. Eduardo whines that he had to buy all the food, so Steve angrily thrusts a bunch of bills at him...and then Eduardo gets offended and snaps, "I don't need it that bad!" and storms out. Griffin enters the room at that moment and derisively asks what his problem is...but Steve doesn't reply and mumbles that he needs to take a shower. Griffin cheerily urges him to chillax about the fire [that came pretty close to killing a bunch of people], and assures him that his rich daddy is going to take care of everything and get them both off the hook.
Hospital. Kelly's just been released, but she's stressed out about going home and tells her mom she doesn't think she's ready. She's worried that one of the bandages might slip off and gross her out, but Jackie assures her that she'll be around to help with stuff like that. Dana suddenly appears in the doorway, and Kelly asks her how Alison's doing. Dana says she's finally stabilized and has been asking to see her (Kelly). As Dana wheels her over, she warns Kelly about how grisly Alison looks right now, but adds that her sunny, positive attitude is what doctors believe pulled her through. They enter her room, and - yikes! - Alison's entire body is mummified in white bandages. It's a little funny that she and Kelly were in the same fiery room, rescued at the exact same time...but somehow Kelly only suffered minor burn marks on her arm and neck. Alison tells Kelly she looks great...but is also fully aware of how ghastly she looks in her mummifying bandages, and says she's just happy to be alive. Kelly tells her she probably wouldn't be alive if it hadn't been for her, but Alison tells her that it was really God who saved her.
Hanukkah celebration. Ahn-drea and her brood are celebrating the Jewish holiday at a campus party, and for some reason Brandon is also there. Bo-ring.
Beach house. Brandon calls Kelly to let her know that he's been asked to stay at Ahn-drea's Hanukkah party a little longer, then asks her if she needs anything. She tells him that David and Clare are on nursing duty and that Jackie's supervising the entire operation - which is driving her crazy. She tells Brandon to stay at the party as late as he wants, since she's exhausted and will just go to bed anyway. The two exchangeI love yous before hanging up. The phone rings again, and David answers and tells Kelly it's the lawyer who's representing Steve. Jackie immediately orders him to hang up and starts railing about how the lawyer wants Kelly to agree to a settlement before they get a chance to discuss the whole thing with their lawyer. Kelly tells David to take his number and she'll call him tomorrow, then barks at her mother that she just wants a fair settlement without hurting Steve. Jackie concedes, then tells her that the Ellison Agency has expressed an interest in representing her once she's all healed. Kelly snaps that her modelling days are over and yammers something unintelligible about how she wants to take time out to ponder the meaning of life. After that, she complains she has a headache and asks Jackie to help her into bed.
Hanukkah celebration. Ahn-drea brags to Brandon about how Jesse got accepted into a trial advocacy program, which Jesse explains is designed to help people who can't afford representation. Brandon congratulates him, then announces that he's off to visit Kelly...and needlessly explains that he has one stop to make on the way.
Bel Age Hotel. Brandon visits Emily (blech) in her hotel room, and relaxes on the sofa with a soda. He babbles to her about truth, justice, and the American way...then says he feels guilty for being there with her. As well he should. She offers to leave for La Jolla a few days early, but he's like, "No...no." He says he appreciates her sticking around, then confesses that he hasn't told Kelly she's still in town. Emily tells him not to beat himself up about it, since this news would only upset Kelly. Doesn't make it right, Moe.
The Pruit Family Christmas Tree Lot. Ray is acting like a cranky little bitch, complaining to Donna about how his Uncle Virgil didn't hire enough help. He bitterly remarks that he sweats it out while his cunty uncle rakes in the cash. Uncle Virgil appears, the two bicker, and then Ray snaps at Donna about something. Pumpkin Head really needs to be dumped like yesterday.
Ahn-drea's/Jesse's apartment. Jesse is meeting with his first client: a father whose kids were taken away by Social Services after he left them with a neglectful babysitter. Ahn-drea bitches about the legal system, then starts arguing with Jesse about how the guy is being held to a ridiculous standard. Whaddup with Ahn-drea being present for this meeting and Jesse ignoring attorney-client privilege?? Jesse assures his stressed out client that they'll prove to the judge that this incident wasn't a case of child abuse, yadda yadda.
The Walsh house. Steve tells Valerie that he's being charged with malicious mischief, trespassing, and vandalism. Valerie offers to be his alibi and tell the judge whatever he wants her to say - but Steve is unimpressed by her brazen willingness to lie in court and calls her "a piece of work". He storms downstairs and runs into Brandon, and asks him how Kelly's doing. He says he feels horrible about the fire, and that he loves Kelly so much. As for Valerie, he calls her "one weird bird" and tells Brandon that she just offered to lie in court for him, and Brandon nods and says, "Valerie always thought the truth was overrated." Steve says he's come to the conclusion that he can't squirm his way out of this, and that he has to accept full responsibility for what happened. It was his rave, after all. No fucking duh, Steve. He tells Brandon to give his love to Kelly and heads out.
The Pruit Family Christmas Tree Lot. Ray bitches to a customer, then grumps at Donna that Christmas is a phony, commercialized holiday. He whines about how the customer he just bitched out wanted to bargain with him - egads! - and Donna sheepishly tells him that that's probably her fault, since she told the woman they have the lowest Christmas tree prices. He snaps, "Maybe you should have asked me before you opened your mouth" then stomps off. Uncle Virgil, who has overheard the exchange, tells Donna not to take Ray's bad mood personally and says that the cause of it is his chain-smoking lush of a white trash mom.
Beach house. Kelly's in her room, looking harassed and upset. Brandon enters and asks her if she's ready for her appointment with the plastic surgeon, but she stubbornly tells him she doesn't want to go and listen to a doctor tell her how much better he can make her look. Brandon's like, "OK, whatever" and encourages her to blow off the appointment if that's what she wants. Kelly gets teary and says she'd just rather talk about something else, so she asks him what he's been up to, and he's like, "Uh, the usual." He tells her that Emily sends her regards...then comes clean and confesses that Emily had a change of plans and has been staying in L.A. for the last few days. Kelly instantly twigs onto the fact that Brandon's been spending cozy, private time with Emily since the night of the fire...and when he tells her not to worry, she snipes that maybe she appears worried because she's in constant pain - and doesn't need him coming over, telling her how worried she looks. Brandon asks her what she needs from him and she's like, "I dunno" and bitchily tells him to go kill time with Emily, then starts crying and says it's not a good time and that she'd rather be alone. He gets up to leave and coldly says, "If that's what you want." He promises to call her later, she snarks that he doesn't have to, and he tells her will anyway and orders her to get some rest.
Rehab. Kelly calls Dylan to cheer her up, which he manages to do. Someone knocks on Dylan's door to tell him that Brandon has arrived for a visit, so Dylan tells this to Kelly. She asks him to keep mum about their call, but Dylan says he doesn't want to keep secrets from anyone anymore. In the next scene, Dylan and Brandon are taking a walk and chatting. Dylan tells him that Kelly's having a very hard time dealing with her new disfigurement, and Brandon remarks on her self image problem and says that she refuses to show him the full extent of the damage as though she doesn't trust him. Dylan's like, "Dude, she doesn't trust you" and explains that the re-emergence of Emily has thrown Kelly for a loop. Brandon insists that there's nothing going on between him and Emily, but Dylan doesn't buy it.
The Pruit Family Christmas Tree Lot. Ray's doing paperwork when Donna brings him some food. He asks her where she got it, so she tells him his aunt made it, and he barks that her cooking tastes like dog food. She offers to get him something else, but he snaps that he doesn't want her buying him dinner. She finally gets fed up with his stupid bitchitude and starts to storm off, but he stops her and explains away his bad mood by claiming he's tired. She insists it must be something more, so he admits that he's all messed up because of his lush of a mother. Apparently, LuAnn always gets drunk on Christmas Day and makes a big ugly scene - in fact, he left the house earlier with her ranting and raving at him after he poured out all of her alcohol. He explains that his abusive, deadbeat father left her on Christmas Day, twenty years ago, after pushing her down the stairs and causing her to have a miscarriage...and so every December she falls off the wagon. Donna exclaims, "That's so amazing!" and Ray gives her a strange look and is like, "Wuh?" so she tells him that the day his father abandoned his family was the very day she was born. Um...so?? Not all roads lead back to you, Donna. Ray mumbles that maybe things will be different now that she's in his life.
Court house. Steve's lawyer advises him to plead "no contest" to the charge of disturbing the peace. The DA has agreed to dismiss the rest of the charges...but he'll still be required to do a hundred hours of community service.
Bel Age Hotel. Brandon tells Emily about his argument with Kelly, and she says he shouldn't worry about it and that it was probably just the last straw for Kelly on top of everything else. Brandon wonders if maybe Kelly could tell he's conflicted because of his feelings for Emily, but Emily says Kelly will feel a whole lot better once she leaves town. Brandon asks, "Am I a lone, vile creature for wanting you to stay?" Um, yes...and you're also a giant asshole for continuing to cheat on your burned girlfriend. Emily asks him if he wants her to stay in town, and after some nonsensical nattering he tells her it's probably best if she goes on her merry way. Emily says she understands, and they both agree that timing is everything. He moans, "But I still loooove you" and she says it back to him, and the two indulge in one last, forbidden, vomit-inducing smooch.
Courtroom. Steve and Griffin plead "no contest" to disturbing the peace, so the judge sentences each of them to pay a $1,000 fine and perform one hundred hours of community service. Steve acts all smug until the judge adds one other stipulation: they're also prohibited from participating in or profiting from the "dance party business" for two years. Griffin doesn't care, but Steve is all, "Wha-a?" and glares over at his father. After exiting the courtroom, Steve rails at Rush for selling him out...and Rush tells him he should just be happy he got off so lightly, considering he stole the key to the Hancock Hill mansion from Griffin's father's realty office. Well, that was a pretty dicked up thing to do. Steve looks confused and is like, "Huh?" and denies having anything to do with the theft of any key. He says that Griffin supplied the venue and led him to believe it was totally legit. Rush is like, "Whatever" and says he's sick of hearing about Steve's party planning aspirations, but Steve whines that this was going to be his livelihood. It still can be, dumbass - the judge only imposed a two year ban. A fed up Rush snaps that he got off easy (so true), orders him to stop whining (yes please), and says that next time he needs bailing out, he should call his mother (an excellent suggestion).
KEG house. When Griffin arrives home, Steve is waiting for him in his room, glowering. He tells Griffin he can't stand to look at his face anymore and orders him to move out of the KEG house. Griffin's all, "Wuh?" so Steve tells him he knows about how he stole the key to the Hancock Hill mansion, and says that Muntz was a witness to him overloading the circuit, which caused the fire. Steve says he has one day to vacate the KEG house - and to demonstrate how serious he is, he violently shoves Griffin against the wall and threatens to pop his head off. Griffin looks suitably freaked out and agrees to move out.
Beach house. Emily drops in on Kelly to assure her that Brandon is totes in love with her...and specifies that he said this before the fire, so it wasn't just a pity declaration of love 'cause she now has a burned neck. Kelly looks pleased and tells Emily she's changed a lot since her float gassing days of yore.
Ahn-drea's/Jesse's apartment. Ahn-drea is hosting a candle lighting gathering - and Brandon, Donna, David, and Clare are all there. Steve stops by to deliver a gift, but tells Ahn-drea he's not doing so well and can't stay. Ahn-drea urges him to at least talk to Jesse, so Steve stays - and he and Jesse sit outside on the staircase. Steve whines about how the judge banned him from the dance party business for two years, so then Jesse tells him about his shitty day: his immigrant client snatched his kids out of their foster home and absconded with them to Mexico. Steve mumbles that the system is really screwed up, which annoys Jesse, and he snaps back that the system seems to work well for white, rich people. Word. He tells Steve that if he didn't have a rich daddy to bail him out after the rave house fire, he'd probably be sitting in jail right now. Well d'yuh.
Beach house. Brandon comes over to visit Kelly with a beautiful bouquet of red roses. She's in a much better mood (now that Emily and her grisly hair are finally gone), thanks him for the flowers, and tells him she loves him. She admits that her burns are still really painful, but she's glad he came over. He asks what he can do for her, and she asks him to stay with her until she falls asleep.
The Peach Pit. Steve has summoned Eduardo to the diner so he can pay him what he owes him for his catering services. He thanks Eduardo for his hard work and says he really likes his food and will happily recommend him to other people. Eduardo peeks inside the envelop and tells Steve there's too much money inside, but Steve tells him to consider it a bonus and his way of saying thank you.
Dylan's house. Mama Walsh and Valerie are finishing up tidying Dylan's house when Nat brings Dylan home from rehab. The two women yell, "Surprise!" and Dylan's stunned that they've cleaned his house, bought him flowers, and made him a Welcome Home! cake. Valerie tells Dylan she sorted through all of his mail, so he looks through the pile and is perplexed when he sees a letter from Michigan. He opens it, starts reading, and suddenly his face pales...and Mama Walsh remarks that he looks like he's just seen a ghost. Dylan tells them that the letter is from a woman who was recently traveling through LAX and found the note that Erica wrote to Dylan in the bathroom stall, pleading for someone to mail it to his address. Yay! Let the caper begin!