Renee Lawless as Katheryn Cryer and Angela Robinson as Veronica Harrington

Photo: Charles Bergmann

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In the Cryer living room, Katheryn paces and gives Hanna final instructions before her children, Wyatt and Amanda, arrive for their father's party. She asks Hanna if she has children. Hanna says she does—a boy and a girl.

Then, Katheryn's friend Veronica Harrington arrives, walking past Hanna and handing her a coat and hat like she was a coat rack. Veronica is a recovering alcoholic, 20 years sober, who runs a prominent rehab facility on the beach. She is married to a judge friend of Jim's, David Harrington.

Veronica has big news: She has just merged with her competitor. Hanna is told to bring sparkling water for Veronica and Champagne for Katheryn to celebrate.

"You and David will be here tonight for Jim's birthday dinner?" Katheryn asks.

"Of course we will. How often does our good friend turn 50?" Veronica says. "How is he feeling about turning 50, anyway?"

Katheryn says she's waiting for his midlife crisis. "I'm expecting a red sports car in the driveway at any second, and he's probably going to trade me in for a younger version."

"Not if he knows what's good for him," Veronica says. "That's one of the perks of being an heiress."