Joan visits Paul to see her room where she stayed with her uncle through the Summer. She wants to share what’s on her mind about Christine Abbott. Cliff visits as Joan leaves to talk about the romance that’s splitting the family apart. Over at Claudia’s, Hazel tsalks with her about their families, and news from Nick as he’s delayed on business.
Back home, Joan blows off the steam that has really been bothering her. She unloads on Claudia and Hazel about the stuffy nature of grandpa Henry, and how the family seems to be turning their backs on Paul. Claudia may feel for her daughter, but her cool feelings for Rexford Frome and his sister are rooted deep, and not part of Henry’s cantankerous reasons.
At Jack’s house, he and Betty talk as their daughters slip off to sleep. Paul had had a close friendship with their nurse for the kids, Nicolette. Why can’t he get along better with her? Hazel enters from Claudia’s to talk about some of the family drama with Henry and Paul. Even Fannie pops in to talk about Henry’s way of feeling the family is desserting him if he’s left alone for more than a short time.
Can Hazel go to cheer up her dad? She may not be against her dad, but she tries to at least get him to want to know Mrs Abbott better before totally rejecting her. Clifford takes his chances at softening Henry’s attitude over the blonde widow who is after his middle aged son. Cliff has had enough of being talked down to, as if he was only 14. Isn’t it time Henry starts treating his adult children like aduls? He at least shares a reason, how ever irrational, on why he’s afraid of Paul making a shameful mistake. Cliff makes his stand, but it could force a decision to tear the family apart.