Chapter 7, Part 2, Episode 25
David and Dorian stopped at the coffee shop for a bite to eat after having dinner at Nora and Bo's loft. Dorian criticized Nora's cooking and matchmaking skills. It was obvious to Dorian that the dinner was only an attempt to get Matthew and Destiny together. David gave his little brother props. He thought that Matthew had been trying his best and would eventually get back together with Destiny.
David declared that having kids always connected parents, but his statement left Dorian quiet and feeling sad. She noted that she and David would never have a child together. David assured her that their material possessions would suffice, and he would never leave her for a younger woman. He added that he wouldn't know what to do with a child anyway.
Matthew made plans to visit with Michelle in Toronto because her parents had her on lockdown after her brother's death. He found her house online, and it appeared to be a mansion. He informed Dani and Jeffrey that Michelle's father worked in pharmaceuticals. Jeffrey surprised the others when he tuned into Nora's first broadcast as the Nightbird.
Awkwardly, Nora began her first broadcast. She spoke of fear and her own experience with that emotion. When she finally received her first phone call, she was surprised but ready to give advice. The young woman, a newlywed, wanted help on ridding her residence of a houseguest who happened to be her husband's cousin.
"Families are like pets. They need to be trained," Nora said. She made suggestions, and the woman was satisfied. Nora couldn't believe that her second caller sounded like Matthew. He told her that his parents were too into his business, and he felt as though he were attached to them with "puppet strings."
Nora stated that his parents were trying to save him from mistakes and pain, and they cared very much. Matthew felt as though they didn't trust him. She advised him to tell his parents to "butt out," and to stop treating him like a baby. She hoped they would get his message to accept him on his own terms.
Matthew softened, and he confessed to the Nightbird that he didn't want to lose his parents. Before he ended the call, Matthew told the Nightbird that her kids were lucky to have her for a mother.
After the show was finished, and Nora had signed off, Bo was ecstatic over the apparent success of the show. Nora was upset over the advice that she'd given to Matthew, though she admitted she had been in the moment and really believed what she had told him. Bo agreed it had been the right advice, and they had to treat Matthew as an adult. Bo voiced his pride in Nora's debut.
Dani and Jeffrey felt that Matthew had handled his mom gently and kindly. Jeffrey confessed that he'd recorded the podcast, and he thought that Matthew was ready to visit Michelle. In fact, Jeffrey said, he thought that Matthew should drive up to Toronto immediately and ditch his plans to fly. It would show Matthew's spontaneity and daring to show up with flowers and latte in hand at Michelle's door.
After dodging bullets outside of the club, Blair and Todd slowly rose from the pavement. Blair saw the bullet hole in the newly painted façade of the club and dashed inside to call the police as Todd tried to stop her. Blair pulled Cutter aside and told him what had happened. Cutter was relieved that it hadn't happened to any of their customers.
Cutter was loath to call the police and preferred that the club's own security handle the issue. He and Blair argued about it, but Blair insisted on closing the club. Later, a cop arrived. Someone had reported the sound of gunshots.
Todd took Blair to his secure room and revealed all of the monitors hooked up in order to view family movements. "You've been spying on us?" she asked. She was appalled and sickened at the thought of Todd watching their every move. "I wouldn't call it spying," Todd replied. He insisted that it was for everyone's protection, and he wanted her to listen to what he had to say.
Todd explained that the cops might have been in on the shooting, and that had been why he hadn't wanted her to call them. He showed her the note card with the distinctive logo on the front and the names of his loved ones listed inside. He believed that Dani's overdose, the cutting of the club's wiring, and the shooting were connected. Someone was out to get his loved ones.
Todd pointed out that the bullets had not been for him though, as his own name was not on the list. He showed Blair the other note he'd received, advising him to finish the job with Victor. Todd noted that Victor had the same tattoo as the design on the stationary, as did the man whose body had been found in Llanview.
"I kill him, or I lose everyone that I love," Todd said. He had to kill Victor, and he thought that Téa knew more than she'd been letting on. He wouldn't be able to question Téa because "she hates my guts." "I'll handle that," Blair replied. She was convinced that Todd's theory might be right.