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UnREAL recap: Fly

Mary gets a “Family Date” — which ends up including her ex-husband.

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Shiri Appleby
Marti Noxon

And then there were five. … Too soon? Sorry blame it on the show. Blame everything on the show! Mary was a sweet, kind woman who was destroyed by Everlasting. Everyone seemed to be against her from the start.

Chet definitely wasn’t on Team Mary, especially this week. He says no guy wants “that” when he could have Grace. Chet is such a nice guy: He tells the whole control room, “Sad old momma is going down.” But Rachel and Quinn tell him he’s an idiot—as anyone in her right mind would agree—and bet him $50 that she’ll stay through the week.

The only problem is this week’s date is The Family Date, which Shia set up. Quinn says it’s a “Grade-A boner killer” (she is nothing if not a poet), so she tells Rachel she has to co-produce the date with Shia. Of course this makes Shia lose it. It really isn’t fair to her since she set up the date and has been coaching Mary from the beginning, but Shia also switched out the lady’s mood stabilizers for powdered nothing, so I don’t have too much sympathy.

From the start you can see the effects no pills+all the alcohol is having on Mary: She’s freer and chattier. When the black SUV pulls up with her daughter, Lilybell, her sister, Louise, and her niece and nephew, she immediately toasts to them with a mimosa. Her sister raises an eyebrow, but Mary swears it’s a virgin. It doesn’t take long for the sister to realize all the drinks a-flowing are most definitely not mocktails. Louise is concerned, but as a fan of the show, she’s loving being part of this Family Date probably a little too much to fully see what’s going on. But she’s not loving the Family Date nearly as much as Mary, who is loosening up more by the minute. She’s kneading pizza dough with Adam, Ghost style. No one does that Mary. Stop it.

But Chet wants to stir things up and ensure that he wins the $50, so he sends Anna in with a bunny. Sweet-as-sugar Anna says she just caught it and thought the kids might like to see it. Then Mary goes nuts and attacks her: “Everybody here might be blind as a bat, but I have eyes. I can see you.”

That’s when Louise finally sees there could be a problem. So instead of talking to her sister, she goes to Shia… you know the lady who is the reason Mary is like this. Louise asks how long she’s been drinking and then casually mentions she’s bipolar (which I don’t think we knew before?). And this causes me to seriously question why Dr. Wagerstein is allowed to have a medical license.

Quinn and Rachel decide they need to up the ante after Mary’s confrontation with Anna. Somehow the ex-husband comes up, and in their deluded minds, they decide it will be healthy for Mary to confront him on reality television. Rachel once read an article about how a woman confronting her abuser changed her life, so it’s settled: The ex is coming.

And with that, Quinn leaves Rachel in charge. She needs to go with Chet to pitch the next season of Everlasting to the network. Now that she’s a partner, she gets to be more involved in things like this. At the pitch, they play off each other perfectly. Quinn gives the stats; Chet gives the jokes; they have a perfect rapport from years of being a couple. And when they get back to the house, they almost fall into the same rut: They start making out in excitement of the pitch going so well, but are interrupted by a call from Cynthia. She’s calling to tell Chet he’s going to have a baby boy. That’ll kill the mood.

NEXT: Speaking of fathers…