In the car, Madeline is in tears because she had no idea what Perry had done to Celeste. Although Madeline is confident that she’ll win, Celeste isn’t so sure. While the video hurt Perry’s image, it didn’t do anything to help her case.
“I mean, how could I let them live in that house?” Celeste says. “How could I let them see those things? And they saw so much more than I ever knew. Maybe I’m not a good mother.”
Madeline reminds her that she’s not perfect—no one is.
At home, Max and Josh are delighted to hear the trial went well. “Did you beat her up?” Max asks, referring to Mary Louise.
Although Celeste firmly tells him “no,” her lecture is interrupted by Mary Louise at the front door. Mary Louise demands to know why Celeste lied during the trial, claiming she never did anything bad to Perry.
“You lost your boys. You don’t get to take mine,” Celeste says before slamming the door in her face.
Later that night, Celeste meets up with Madeline, who is struggling with “the lie.” Madeline feels responsible for their “unraveling” lives because it was her idea. Nevertheless, Celeste assures her that there would be no friendship without “the lie.”
“The Monterey Five—whatever we call ourselves—the lie is the friendship,” Celeste says.
The next day, Madeline approaches Ed and demands to know where his head is at. When he brings up Madeline’s dress-up incident in last week’s episode, Ed admits that their wedding day was “joyous” but “delusional.” Since they were different people when they first exchanged vows, he suggests a redo.
“We need to renew our vows,” he says. “This time, committing to live up to them. Do you think you can do that?”
Madeline happily agrees. When she suggests throwing a big party, Ed firmly tells her that it will be family only.
Meanwhile, Celeste is driving to court with the twins, who are nervous as hell. When they arrive, the judge admits that she’s reached a decision. Just then, Mary Louise interrupts and demands to address the court.
She apologizes to Celeste before revealing that she “simply had no idea” about Perry’s behavior. When Mary Louise suggests that Celeste is at fault for letting it happen, Celeste fires back, saying that Perry was a result of her caregiving.
“It’s one thing to turn my kids over, but it’s another to give them to her,” Celeste says.
After Celeste promises to raise them to be “good men,” the judge grants full custody to Celeste.