Recap: Alison is having a black and white nightmare about being attacked by Keith during the previous episode - just before she's startled awake by the ringing phone. It's Billy, fibbing about having to go out of town for a work assignment. She tells him about her Keith nightmare, and he assures her that Keith is in Seattle and won't be bothering her anymore. After the call, Billy glances at the return address written on one of Keith's pleeeeeease take me back letters to Alison, then climbs into his rental car and drives over to Keith's place. When he finds Keith's house empty, he walks to the back of the house and forces his way in through the back door. The kitchen is a disgusting mess of dirty dishes and takeout boxes, prompting Billy to mutter, "What a pig." He then wanders into the living room, where Keith has a makeshift office set up with papers scattered about...as well as a creepy assortment of framed close-ups of Alison. Billy stares at it for several seconds before muttering, "Oh my God.."
Sydney gabbles at Jane about how she should give Michael a second chance, then chides her for the unrealistic standards she's always holding people to. When she points out that Michael is probably as good a husband as she'll ever be able to snag, an irked Jane tells her to shut it before rushing off to work.
Over at the hospital, Michael tells Kimberly he really doesn't mind the divorce process being dragged out 'cause of how much it's probably torturing Jane. As the two smooch, Matt appears in the hall and awkwardly says hello, then thanks Michael for helping him land his new social services job. He tells Michael he has no reason to feel awkward with him given The Jane Situation - but Michael just shrugs unconcernedly and is like, "Well duh."
One of the D&D bigwigs, Doug Vincent, drops by Amanda's office to request a copy of the proposal that she and her team have been working on, and she remarks that her subordinate was due to hand it in today and offers to bring it by later. When Doug says he needs to see it now, Amanda calls Alison, who's predictably spaced out at her desk, to ask whassup with the proposal she was supposed to have submitted this morning. Alison's all, "Oops, I spaced on that" and says she's going to need until the end of the day to finish it, so Amanda fibs to Doug by telling him that her subordinate is having problems extracting the completed proposal from the computer...and once he's out of earshot, she bitchily summons Alison to her office. She rails about how Doug Vincent is breathing down her neck about the proposal, that she couldn't give a rat's ass about Alison's "traumatic weekend", and snappishly advises her to not make it a habit of repeatedly fucking up at work...even though it's pretty much the way Alison's been functioning at D&D as far back as when she was under Lucy's tutelage.
Keith is giving a small group of people a tour of a construction site when Billy shows up and threatens to kill him if he ever contacts Alison again. Keith disdainfully tells him to get a life, to which Billy responds by grabbing and repeatedly punching him in the face. When one of the women in the tour group cries, "Call the police!", a bloodied Keith says that that won't be necessary, then glares menacingly over at Billy and growls, "I'll be seeing you soon" before continuing on with his tour...despite the distraction of nostril blood smeared across the lower half of his face.
At the beach house, Michael complains to Kimberly that he can't find any clean clothes, then wonders aloud why she hasn't taken it upon herself to launder his clothes. Kimberly replies, "Uh, 'cause I'm a doctor not a maid" and snarks at him to take care of his own damn laundry.
Keith calls Alison to complain that Billy showed up in Seattle to physically assault him and is twisting everything around, making her hate him, and Alison snaps, "I do hate you, Keith. In fact, I wish you were dead" before slamming the phone down. Keith, meanwhile, picks up one of his framed photos of Alison, glares at it hatefully, and throws it against the wall. A few seconds later, Amanda stops by Alison's apartment to see if she can get a ride to work 'cause her Porsche is on the fritz - just as Billy returns home and gets an earful from Alison for sneakily flying to Seattle to pummel Keith. She snarls, "I need support, not lies" before heading off to work.
Jo arrives at D&D to show Amanda the photos of Jake at the motorcycling event. An impressed Amanda says she definitely wants to hire her to shoot the upcoming campaign, then says she's going to need her to return to the track this evening to get some night shots. Jo's like, "Kewl!" and scampers off while Amanda picks up the phone and places a call to Jake.
Sydney drops by the beach house to bring Michael some of her homemade lasagne and check out his new digs. When she sees his laundry piled in the middle of the bedroom floor, she says she'd be more than happy to wash it for him. He half-heartedly protests and points out that Jane probably wouldn't like that, but she tells him she really doesn't give a shit what her sister thinks and rushes out of the beach house clutching his dirty clothes.
Amanda invites Jake out to dinner to inform him that she hired Jo to shoot the Sage Brush Beer campaign...and that because he's so sexy and photogenic, she's tapping him (heh) to be the Sage Brush Beer man. Jake blushingly says that being a male model isn't really his thing, but agrees to mull it over.
Billy explains to Alison that he felt compelled to go to Seattle to give Keith the what for in the interest of seeking justice, and Alison pours herself a glass of hard liquor and laments the bitchy way she antagonized Keith during their phone call. She says she's having problems concentrating at work, has zero desire to confide any of this in Amanda, then snappishly says she's going to have to spend the evening finishing the D&D proposal she was supposed to have finished days ago.
Jane asks Sydney to straighten up the apartment while she's at work, then suggests they hit the town that evening. After she exits the apartment, Sydney pulls out Michael's dirty laundry from under the bed and takes a long whiff of it, which...gross.
When Jake tells Jo that Amanda asked him out to dinner to discuss becoming the Sage Brush Beer man, Jo shakes her head in dismay and calls Amanda manipulative. Jake assures her that the dinner was all business, and that he has no desire to be the Sage Brush Beer guy or to canoodle with another woman.
Sydney is in the laundry room, putting Michael's clothes in the washing machine when Jane pops in to ask Sydney if she wouldn't mind also throwing her laundry into the machine.
Billy enters the kitchen and sees that Alison has been up all night working. Alison checks her watch and is all, "Ack! I have to shower and get to work!" as Billy apologizes for confronting Keith without her knowledge or permission. Alison accepts his apology and instructs him to never speak of Keith again...and the two jump into the shower and enjoy a wet smoochfest.
Sydney returns to the beach house to drop off Michael's freshly laundered clothes and is startled to find Kimberly sunning herself on the deck. Sydney introduces herself as Michael's soon-to-be ex-sister-in-law and fibs that Michael left these newly laundered clothes at Jane's apartment, and Kimberly calls herself Michael's friend and is all, "OK then, off you go now."
Jo runs into Alison at D&D, tells her she's been hired to shoot the new beer campaign, then grumbles about Amanda's private dinner with Jake. Alison urges her to take the job, but warns her to not turn her back on Amanda.
Kimberly stops by the hospital to report to Michael that Sydney came by the beach house with his laundry, and he chuckles and explains that Sydney was only too eager to perform the duties that his female live-in is supposed to be performing. He then chastises Kimberly for tipping Sydney off about the fact that they're shacking up together, and Kimberly complains that she hates sneaking around and can't wait until they don't have to be so secretive about their love or living situation. Michael responds by giving her a big smooch and urging her to chillax.
Amanda is presiding over a D&D campaign meeting when a low level flunky interrupts to tell Alison she has an urgent phone call from Billy. Alison sheepishly rushes out to take the call at her desk...and when she learns it's Keith - and not Billy - on the phone, she threatens to call the police. He mumbles, "Don't bother. I'll be dead" and moans about how wrecked he is by what he's done to her life...and to traumatize her even further, he tells her he's holding a loaded gun and called to say goodbye. Alison urges him to put the gun down and implores him to get help for his various mental health issues - but Keith ignores her pleas, says, "I'll always love you. Forgive me", and proceeds to blow his head off. Alison cries, "Nooooo!!" and drops the phone as the camera shifts into dramatic slo-mo mode.
That evening, Billy tells Alison that the Seattle PD confirmed that Keith did, in fact, kill himself. Alison, who's guzzling vodka, tearfully wails that she should have done more (er, anything) to help him. She recalls snarling at him over the phone about how much she hated him and wished he were dead, then says that nothing is going to change the fact that her psycho ex-boyfriend killed himself because of her.
Michael drops by Melrose Place to ask Sydney to please not say anything to Jane about seeing his "friend" Kimberly at his beach house. Sydney says she'd be more than happy to keep his secret, giddily says she really enjoys doing things for him, and hopes that he liked her homemade lasagne. Michael thanks her for keeping his living situation under wraps and heads to the hospital...and Sydney gazes out the window, grinning stupidly after him.
Amanda and Alison are hosting a business lunch with prospective clients - but Alison is too distracted by Keith's suicide to contribute anything useful and spends the better part of the meeting mutely throwing back cocktails. When the meeting ends and the clients excuse themselves, Amanda shoots Alison an incredulous stare and asks her whaddup with her uselessness and binge-drinking. Alison says she's going through yet another crisis, and a fed up Amanda points out that she's not the only person in the world with a personal life...and that since her problems are preventing her from functioning at even the most basic level, she needs to go home - by cab 'cause she's way too drunk to be behind the wheel.
Alison is at Jo's apartment, guzzling yet more booze as she unburdens her feelings of guilt about Keith's self-inflicted mercy killing. Jo reminds her that her mother killed herself when she was ten, and that it took her a looooong time to get over the feeling that it happened 'cause she was a bad daughter. She urges Alison to stop numbing her feelings with all the boozing she's been doing of late and to just endure the pain, then reminds her that she has a nice [albeit dimwitted] fella waiting at home for her who is more than happy to help her work through this emotional trauma.
Alison returns to her apartment and tells Billy she loves him and vows to not let anything Keith-related to get in the way of their relationship.
Later that night, a restless Alison gets out of bed, tiptoes to the kitchen, and pours herself a glass of vodka. She then settles onto the couch, where she boozes it up while staring mournfully into space.
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