Charles Cioffi as James Warren; Betsy Blair as Marjorie Ann Warren; Hayley Carr as young Ellyn
Ellyn's parents get divorced.
Ellyn's Dad calls and wants to go to lunch, which makes her intensely suspicious as he's a high-powered stockbroker type. They have a very interesting, distant relationship. After their lunch, as they are leaving, her father drops the news that he and her mother are getting a divorce. Ellyn goes to visit her mother and, as leaving the house, has a flashback to a scene from childhood in which her father was extremely intent with her, coaching her on a speech, and then distant as soon as it was over.
Michael runs into Ellyn as she's returning a video and they talk about parental divorce while sitting in the car. Ellyn and Woodman have an interesting conversation while at dinner at Hope and Michael's about her inability to take a compliment. Later, while going through her old things in her room with Hope, Ellyn and her mother have a tense exchange about how her father taught her to ride a bike and let her fall over.
Ellyn goes to meet her father for their dinner date at his hotel and discovers it's actually a cocktail party for his business associates. She stays for a while, but finally has it out with him on the patio and tells him how wrong he was to use her to make him look like a good family man. He comes by her apartment later and somehow it comes out that it was actually her mother's idea to get a divorce. Ellyn goes to see her mother and talk about why she married her father. Ellyn ends up crying as her mother sits a few inches away.
Upon return to the apartment. Woodman is making a casserole for her and somehow in the process the oven catches on fire, the extinguisher misfires, they get into a fight, Ellyn throws the extinguisher at him, and they eventually make up.
Michael specifically states that his father left when he was 16 which directly contradicts prior statements that he left at 19.
--"Will you and Michael be my parents?" --Ellyn
--"Aren't we already?" --Hope
"We got Alien the other night and fell asleep before the thing came out of its stomach." --Michael