Recap: Kelly tells the scruffy looking guy who's sitting in the waiting room of the clinic that the doctor will be with him asap, and he gushingly thanks her for all she does at the clinic. Brandon drops by to invite Kelly out for a quick bite...and when she declines, the guy in the waiting room snarkishly directs Brandon to the door. Brandon's all, "Excuse me, bro?" - but eventually slinks out when Kelly repeatedly refuses to talk to him. Jeff comes out to call his next patient and goes, "Hey, Andrew!" and later tells Kelly that the waiting room guy is Andrew Turner, an ex-con who's just been released from prison. Kelly's surprised to learn that the friendly fellow is an ex-con, and says there's something very sweet about him. Jeff concurs and then nonchalantly replies, "You wouldn't think he could murder a man." LOL.
Beach house. Noah is ooohing and aaahing over photos of Donna as a fugly child. A few seconds later, Papa Martin comes over to inform Donna that her grandmother has an aneurysm and is in an LA hospital awaiting surgery. He tells her she may want to be at the hospital in case the worst happens.
The Walsh house. David is grumbling to Valerie about the humiliation of having to crash in her bedroom when Steve happens to wander by. He suggests to David that he take over the lease for Hilary Swank's apartment since there's still four months left on it - and David perks up at the idea. Valerie gets annoyed at him for wanting to move out and live his life as an independent adult, and the two bicker until she snaps, "Fine!" and storms out.
The Peach Pit. Steve enters the diner and barks at Nat to make him a coffee STAT! 'cause he's double parked outside. He sits next to a pretty blonde named Madeline at the counter, and the two start chatting it up. For some reason, Steve gabbles about the man he lives with and works with...and naturally Madeline makes the reasonable assumption that they're a gay couple, and suggests that he and his "friend" get together with her and her girlfriend for a friendly foursome.
The Beverly Beat. Kelly drops by the newsroom to tell Brandon about Andrew Turner - specifically how desperately the ex-con needs a second chance in life so he can get a job and earn a living. She hands him Andrew's phone number and urges him to set up a meeting and perhaps write a story in the Beat about the poor man's plight.
After Dark. Valerie drops by the bar and asks Noah if she can get her old job back. Noah's like, "No way in hell", but when Valerie promises to work very hard, not ask for a raise or do anything illegal, he gives in and asks her if she can start tonight. She woots excitedly and tells him that Jasper's Legend is scheduled to play tonight, and that they've just finished recording their first album. Oh joy.
Wyatt Clinic. Kelly tells Jeff that she spoke to Brandon about possibly doing a story on Andrew...then needlessly tells him she's mostly interested in his situation 'cause her dad is currently serving a prison term for committing a high finance scam.
Donna and Noah arrive at the hospital and head straight for grandma's room. Donna introduces her beloved Nana to Noah...but the introduction doesn't take, and Nana starts babbling about fine china, tea parties, and how much she adores David. Donna drops the bomb that she and David broke up, but grandma insists that she and David are meant for each other and says, "You'll see" ... and Noah looks less than thrilled by her pro-David rambling.
The Beverly Beat. Valerie drops by the newsroom to apologize to David for her bitchitude earlier. She then tells him she just got a call from Q5 Records, and arranged for a rep to watch Jasper's Legend perform at the After Dark. David's thrilled with what he hopes will be his big break, and Valerie gets giddy at the prospect of hearing the love song he wrote for her. David shifts uncomfortably and says it's up to Jasper to decide which song they'll play for the Q5 rep...then abruptly excuses himself to head over to the hospital to visit Donna's grandma.
David gets a friendly reception at the hospital from Papa Martin and Felice. Donna then gives him a super tight hug, while Noah irritably shakes his hand. Donna's parents urge him to spend some quality time visiting with grandma...and when he enters her room, she lights up and says she's very happy to see him. She wryly says the doctors want to operate on her aneurysm, then tells him he's going to need to take care of Donna in case things don't go well. David mulls that over as he stares mutely into space.
Brandon arrives at the run-down Mustang Motel to meet with Andrew Turner. Brandon tells him he has some questions about the night of the murder, and Andrew gets irked and says he thought they were going to discuss him writing an article about an ex-con not getting a fair shake. He then sighs and confesses that he shot his mother's abusive boyfriend 'cause, quite frankly, the guy needed killin'. He says he'd think twice about shooting the monster again, 'cause all he got out of it was a long prison sentence and a shitty motel room in which to start rebuilding his shattered life. Brandon furrows his furry brows and invites Andrew out for dinner, and Andrew perks up at the offer and says, "Sounds good."
After Dark. Jasper's Legend takes the stage and performs a slow, dull song that goes, "Baby, it's you girrrrrl.." and everyone in the club pretends to be all into it as they bob their heads to the beat. I dunno what the hell is up with Jasper's judgement - not choosing something with a tad more oomph to perform in front of a record company rep. Valerie beams at what she deludedly thinks is David's expression of love for her, while Donna purses her giant lips together in a smug smirk. Noah ambles over to Donna and snarks, "Guess he wrote this for you, huh?" and she breezily says it's an old song. Noah bitterly says it's being sung with feeling - LOL - then comes right out and tells her how annoyed he is that grandma favors David over him as her boyfriend.
Restaurant. Brandon and Steve are out with Madeline and her equally-as-gorgeous friend Libby. Brandon and Steve gabble about their living situation in Brandon's parents' house...and Steve acts all touchy feely with Brandon to keep the scripted illusion going that and he and Brandon are a gay couple. Brandon, who isn't feeling this foursome, pulls Steve aside and tells him he'd literally rather be anywhere else, then abruptly walks out. A miffed Steve returns to the table and tells the ladies that Brandon is soooo uptight about work these days. Madeline suggests that perhaps he just needs to chillax, and invites the two of them to hers/Libby's place for dinner and a sexy soak in their private hot tub.
Hospital. Donna tells Kelly that grandma is stable after her operation, and that she feels bad that Noah never got a chance to get to know the old girl...which is sooo different from the hero's welcome David received when he arrived at the hospital. Kelly says it's like that with Brandon too, and Donna urges her to consider taking him back and assures her that no one would think less of her if she resumed her relationship with the shameless cheater. Papa Martin emerges from grandma's room and tells Donna that her unfortunate Nana is in multi-organ failure...so she should probably start saying her goodbyes.
The Beverly Beat. Andrew storms into the newsroom and rails at Brandon for mentioning the name of his murder victim's son in the article. Brandon reminds him that the son was also a victim and insists that he did his best to be fair in telling the story. Andrew whines about how the murder defines him...and Brandon somehow makes it all about himself and stonily says, "I get that" and asks Andrew how he's supposed to live with the sexual misdeed he recently committed. Andrew - who refrains from going huh?? and pointing out that cheating on one's girlfriend can't possibly compare to violently ending a person's life - replies, "You just do."
Donna is crying as she exits grandma's room...and falls into the loving arms of her parents, and then Kelly and Noah.
Valerie is helping David move into Hilary Swank's old apartment. She giddily remarks on the beautiful love song that he wrote for her...and David assures her he definitely cares about her and everything - but the song Jasper's Legend performed the other night wasn't actually written for her. Valerie turns beet red and mumbles, "Oh my God" and calls herself an idiot...which, well, d'yuh. She correctly guesses that he wrote the blechy song for a certain ginormous headed ex-girlfriend, and David explains that he happened to be humming it in Jasper's presence, and Jasper went crazy for the melody and offered to buy the rights so his band could add it to their repertoire ... 'cause, yeah, that's totally plausible.
Wyatt Clinic. Andrew is finishing up another appointment with Jeff when he runs into Kelly. He tells her he hopes the article about him in the Beat will help some other poor sod out there, then credits her bravery for reaching out to an ex-con such as himself. Jeff concurs and wanks Kelly about how brave, strong, and empathetic she is. He then offers to pick her up tomorrow morning so they can attend Donna's grandma's funeral together...and after some annoying hemming and hawing about whether or not they're going to run into Brandon there, blah blah blah...she agrees to be ready when he swings by the beach house.
Steve and Brandon arrive at Madeline's and Libby's place for dinner and a soak...and a clueless Steve giddily tells Brandon, "We're so in!" Madeline tells them that dinner is almost ready - so they have time for a quick soak first. Libby gives Brandon a short tour of their apartment and shows him the bedroom, which she describes as "our room". Brandon finally gets a clue that the beautiful pair are lesbians, and that they had him and Steve pegged as a gay couple. Brandon finally clues Steve in about the various assumptions that were made regarding the foursome's sexual configuration...and though Steve is bummed, he and Brandon agree to stay for dinner.
The Walsh house. Donna drops by to tell David that grandma died, and the two hug tearfully while Valerie stands on the stairs and shoots them the stink-eye. When Donna catches her glare, she ends the hug and quickly gives David the details of the funeral, then whispers, "I probably shouldn't have come here" and beats a hasty retreat. Valerie bitchily remarks that Donna should be crying on Noah's shoulder, then forbids David to attend grandma's funeral. When David argues that he should be able to be part of Donna's life, Valerie cries, "That hurts me!" then asks him who has higher value: Donna or her. David tells her he's loved Donna longer than he's known her and insists on being there for his friend tomorrow. Valerie silently scrunches her face in misery.
Beach house. After the funeral, Noah, Brandon, and Steve poke around the cupboards for something to eat. Brandon says he's going to step into Kelly's room to call his mom - just as Kelly, Jeff, and David arrive at the apartment with trays of food. Kelly goes to her room and overhears Brandon telling Cindy how much he misses her (Kelly), but is getting used to being alone. When he hangs up, Kelly asks him how his parents are doing...and he says they're both well, then thanks her for sending Andrew his way 'cause writing about the sad sack's life made him realize that he needs to take responsibility for cheating on her and acknowledge that he can't ever take it back or make it right. Kelly asks him how she knows it will never happen again, and he says it's a leap she'd have to be willing to take...and that it's not a leap he can take for her.
The Beverly Beat. Andrew arrives at the newsroom after getting a message from Janet to stop by. Apparently, the owner of an auto body shop read about his sad plight and offered him a job. She hands Andrew the shop owner's contact information, and he's thrilled at the opportunity and relieved that he won't have to explain about how he's an ex-con.
Beach house. Noah offers to give Donna and David some alone time to reminisce about grandma, then heads back to the boat. A surprised David says, "That was big of him" and Donna explains that he's been feeling left out 'cause he didn't know grandma. David tells her that grandma gave him something while he sat by her deathbed, then pulls out a pocket watch with a photo of her and her husband - which, hilariously, is a black and white photo of 1940s David and Donna: a shout out to last season's ridiculous episode, A Ripe Young Age. As she tears up, David leans in for a kiss...and the two smooch for a few seconds before Donna pulls away and says, "We can't do this." David tells her that grandma made him promise to take care of her, and she says he'll have to do that as a friend.
Kelly is writing a letter to her dad, telling him how much she misses him, and urges him to write back.
David finds Valerie waiting on his doorstep when he returns home. She tells him that Jasper called with good news: the band got a record contract with Q5 Records. Fantastic.
Donna arrives at the marina and thanks Noah for giving her and David some much needed alone time. She whimpers that she could cry all night about the loss of her Nana, and warns him that she might get frustrated with him 'cause he didn't really know her. That's kind of dickish and unfair. Noah replies, "Tell me all about her" and the two hug and settle onto the couch for a night-long cryfest.
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