Episode 106 Recap: "Game Night"
The following morning, Alex wakes up to find that Brad has let her sleep in. The kids are safely off to school, and he says he'll take care of the shopping and dry-cleaning. Reluctant to take a break but in need of rest, Alex thanks her husband and climbs back into bed.
On his way out to work, Brad stops by Marcie and Randal's house to invite them over for a couples game night. Randal is hesitant, but Marcie convinces him that they need a night of fun with their friends.
Natalie cuts the call short when her boss walks in. The two talk shop until Jackie, Natalie's co-worker and good friend, lets drop that Natalie's son Joey needs a job. Natalie is furious and says Joey can find his own job, but their boss seems interested in rehiring Joey, who had worked at Burger Fast one summer. She recalls that he was an excellent employee. Natalie says she'll think about it.
"I understand that I was stupid," she says. "I was stupid because I thought you loved me. I thought that I was building a home for us."
Travis tells Kelly that he didn't want this to happen, but Kelly is through with excuses. She tells him that she never wants to see him again and storms back into the bank.
Eddie takes a break when Lushion walks in for his interview. Before he goes to sit down with the captain, Eddie tells him that he made the reference for a specific purpose: He needs a "brother" as a partner. Lushion is clearly insulted but decides to brush off the comment.
As Lushion talks with the captain, Eddie notices that Julius has snuck in and is watching him from the hallway. Eddie strides over and physically escorts his rival farther down the hall. When Eddie asks whether he shot up his house, Julius denies it, but he tells Eddie that he made enemies with the wrong people.
"You brought hell to your house, to your front door, to your wife," he says quietly. "When I'm done having fun with you, when I feel that we're even, you will die."
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That evening, Brad, Alex, Marcie and Randal are gathered in Brad and Alex's living room, playing a game that Randal brought over. To Alex's chagrin, Marcie and Randal have been exhibiting some very public displays of affection, and the game itself sets her even more on edge. It's a game of truth that Randal's psychologist colleague made for couples in need of a relationship jolt. Alex refuses to play when it's her turn and Brad reads off a game card: "If you were attracted to someone else, would you tell your spouse?"
Marcie pushes her to be a sport, pointing out that she and Randal were honest about their sex life, but she only succeeds in making Alex snap.
"If your sex life is that amazing, why is it that you feel the need to announce it to everyone?" she says through a clenched smile. "And do it on the counter in the middle of the day with the blinds wide open!"
With that, Alex tells the group that she's not feeling well and goes up to bed, leaving Brad to apologize to his friends.
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Mattaline is offended. "Why would you go there?" she asks. "You just pointed out to me the very things that you have issues with yourself."
She says that she only cares about her son and the fact that he dropped out of school and gave up on his life when he fell in love with Kelly. She goes on to say that her son is too young and immature to be with Kelly and that, one day, Kelly will see that Mattaline saved her a lot of grief. She explains that marrying a young man who is so unsure of himself will only result in deceit, infidelity and pain.
"I thank you," Kelly says. "Thank you for pointing out the issues that you have with yourself."
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As they argue, Julius pulls up, gets out of the car and walks toward them. Esperanza tries to make peace, but Eddie pushes her aside as Julius lands the first punch. The two fight on the front lawn with Esperanza screaming for them to stop.