Earlier, Levi had apparently chosen 1968’s Night of the Living Dead—go figure—for a romantic movie night with Taylor. “Oh, look, there’s Obama,” sneers Taylor in reference, no doubt, to the film’s leading man Duane Jones. Lovely, eh? He tries to stir a weak debate over Obama’s domestic policy positions; Levi responds by shoving his tongue down Taylor’s throat.
Their break-up runs parallel to the unraveling of insecure trust-fund baby James, whose tendency to get hammered and then cry is in full flower this episode. He and Phillip get into it with insults, flung drinks and then flailing punches for no clear reason; they are supposed to be friends. Just a couple of episodes back, Phillip was offering patient counsel to James over his inability to commit to anything other than another round of hooch.
The entire group had descended upon Austin for James’ second attempt at party promotion, the first having been notable for drawing more strippers than paying attendees. The Austin nightclub is much larger and appears to have drawn more people but it’s not made clear how many of them would have shown up anyway.
Team Taylor consists of Ashley and Phillip; the former dithers for a bit about spilling the beans to Taylor about having seen Chase and Levi macking on each other. She confronts Levi, who denies the whole thing, leaving her unsure how to proceed. Levi seems like an amiable sort but lots of people walk away from a conversation with him shaking their head and blinking in confusion.
Later, during a lunch with Chase, Ashley gives thanks for the food, asks Jebus to “bless this conversation”—it’s probably a smart move to call in extra help—and orders Chase not to get sassy as she calls him out for messin’ with Levi. He tries to shift blame, but our girl reads him like a menu. Sensing impending defeat, Chase accuses her of taking the side of whomever is crying the loudest (which is true).
But to her credit, she doesn’t take the bait. She calls Chase out for being a homewrecker but he dislikes Taylor so intensely that he can’t bring himself to feel guilty or even embarrassed.
The table is now set for a confrontation on the mean streets of Austin!
NEXT: The breakup and its aftermath