On the day of Kate’s graduation from community college, Toby (Chris Sullivan) pulls a total Toby (or Jack?) move and surprises Kate with a graduation party and makeshift ceremony. Better yet, her mom is waiting for her in the living room. Kate already missed one graduation and they don’t want her to miss out on celebrating another.
Back on the East Coast, Randall finds Deja (Lyric Ross) walking through the neighborhood when she’s supposed to be at school. It turns out her teacher published a personal essay she wrote without her consent. It was about living in her mom’s car and now all the kids at school are calling her Pontiac. Randall senses her hurt and confronts her teacher, who tells him she only published it because Deja is exceptionally bright and she’d like to have her skip a grade.
When Randall tells Deja the exciting news, she’s upset because she has stability for the first time in her life and doesn’t want to ruin her routine. He realizes that although Beth finally nailed her dream job of being a ballet teacher and he’s being sworn into office, their girls need them. So, he asks Beth to put her dream on hold and become lead parent again.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s alcoholism has taken ahold and he’s back to his old ways. He lies to Zoe (Melanie Liburd) when she calls, and even though he flew out to Los Angeles to surprise Kate for her graduation and “take meetings,” he hasn’t seen her or done anything other than drink alone in his room.
When it comes time to go to Kate’s graduation party, he’s late and lies about how busy he’s been—until Zoe blows his cover and asks Kate about the spa day they had. Kevin tries to distract them both by proposing a toast, but when he hears a martini shaker he loses his train of thought and makes up a lie about having to go meet with a director immediately. He promises he’ll be back but never returns.
Kate texts him repeatedly and when she hears nothing back she goes to his hotel room. It’s full of booze, so she confronts him and says he has to tell Zoe. He tries to bargain with Kate and says he’ll try A.A. the right way and get a sponsor this time. So, she looks for a nearby meeting for him and insists they go immediately.