Yara has been reluctant to leave Mylah for any period of time
Part of that is common sense, part of it is hormones, and part of that is likely an echo of the trauma of her miscarriage back in Ukraine. Still, they have a babysitter whom they can trust -- Gwen Eymard, Jovi's mom.
Grandma Gwen is there
They tell her and Mylah goodbye and head off on their date.
But no funny business
Such a short time after giving birth, Yara is not able to have sex yet safely. Mylah will be four to six weeks old before it is recommended that she have sex again. This leads into a charming tangent about how they think that they may have induced labor by having sex the day before Mylah was born. Hey, it's possible.
But Jovi has bad news to share
His trip has been moved up. COVID-19 has made his out-of-the-country trips longer and shaken things up, and he has to leave in just a few days -- not a few weeks.
Yara is crushed
The two seemed so incompatible when she first showed up in New Orleans, but they really do care about each other. This is so hard for them. (Also, parental leave should be lengthy and universally guaranteed)
Yara isn't just thinking of herself
She is clearly worried about Jovi missing their daughter's milestones. It's a real concern.
If Yara needs help, she can go to Gwen's
But Yara notes that her good relationship with Jovi's mom isn't the same thing as being with him, obviously. Meanwhile, Jovi is worried that his absence is going to make her want to go to Ukraine to be with her family, something that the pandemic made impossible to do for many months.
Kalani Faagata and Asuelu Pulaa
Low very unsubtly asks Kalani to go get coffee with him. His plan is to talk to her about her marriage problems with Asuelu.
Kalani has been considering divorce
In a flashback, we are reminded that Low -- though a better man in every conceivable way -- comes from the same culture as Asuelu and does not really consider divorce to be an option.
Kalani is wearing an amazing shirt
Low encourages her to consider making changes rather than a divorce, but Kalani points out how much more Asuelu needs to change. This isn't a story of incompatible people, it's a story of one man behaving very poorly, again and again and again, and thinking that he can just do this forever. Low thinks that divorce is for "quitters," but ... so? Literally why stay married if it's not making you happy.
Low also spends time with Asuelu
He invites Asuelu to play golf with him, having previously taught him how to play. Asuelu is not very good at it.
Right now, Asuelu is actively trying to be nice
However, as we have seen, he's not very good at it. He offers compliments and kind gestures to Kalani at times, but those aren't a substitute for real change.
Low tells Asuelu how bad things are
He tells Asuelu that Kalani is considering divorce because nothing else has worked.
Asuelu is stunned
Even though Kalani has brought this up with him, he has dismissed it, and didn't really understand (for cultural reasons) that divorce is something that people do over much less than Asuelu's behavior.
Low thinks that Asuelu can and should make changes
"Happy wife, happy life," Low quotes.
Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva
As they prepare to go see Mike's mom Trish for Thanksgiving, Natalie admits that she doesn't know anything about Oklahoma. She then notes that "Ellie" from The Wizard of Oz was from there. Maybe Dorothy's name was changed to Ellie in a Russian translation, but she was definitely from Kansas.
But Natalie has real concerns
She and Trish didn't have actual conflict during Trish's visit, but ... Trish tried twice to sabotage Natalie and Mike's wedding. One of those times, she succeeded. How is Natalie supposed to feel about that?
Hey Natalie, can you summarize 50% of your relationship in five words?
"He simply ignores my feelings," Natalie accurately says of Mike dismissing her worries and telling her that it will be "fine" when they visit his mom.
Trish is waiting for them
Outwardly, she is very welcoming, though things are a bit awkward.
Trish's home is decorated with what appear to be literally hundreds of piggy banks. She has been collecting them for 34 years and it is so much to take in.
Natalie cannot resist commenting
I mean, she's not wrong
On camera, she is more diplomatic
She calls it "cool" instead of noting that it's like something out of a horror film.
Trish drops hints that she wants a grandbaby
Natalie laughs to the camera about the antique crib, noting that Trish apparently decided that she wants grandbabies, "even" if they're Natalie's.
Birthday cake time!
Mike's birthday dinner in Seattle was, well, ruined, but he can have a little cake with his mom and his wife.
Natalie takes a tiny taste and decides that it's not for her. Natalie's disordered eating habits are so extreme that she cannot allow herself to eat french toast, so obviously a cake is out of the question. That is ... so alarming to see.
Natalie worries over her career
She can't really work as a model, journalist, or actress in Sequim, so she has to start over. Trish's suggestion of her doing translation is shot down, because Natalie worries that this would be a miserable job.
Mike and Natalie go to bed
With so many horrible little pig eyes to watch them sleep. Oh boy.
Tiffany Franco and Ronald Smith
Daniel, Tiffany's preteen son who is a major fan favorite, speaks to his dad -- Ronald Smith. Unlike Ronald, Daniel has very realistic ideas about the odds of the family moving to South Africa.
The real plan is for Ronald's visa application to be approved
If not, he thinks that the family can just move to be with him, but Daniel correctly points out that this is not happening.
That's hard for Ronald to hear
He tells the camera that he's not willing to keep this marriage long-distance. It's hard for him.
So a lot is riding on the visa application
Tiffany and Ronald are married, but their future hinges upon its approval. As was noted by the immigration attorney working for Libby and Andrei, it's extra hard at the moment.
Tiffany chats with her sister
Her sister is supportive of her marriage in ways that her mother is not, but Tiffany tells her that there's just no way that she's moving to South Africa. She was afraid for her family's the entire time that she was in Ronald's area. The internet situation sucks. She and her kids would be away from the rest of her family.
But Tiffany is afraid to tell Ronald this
She's afraid to give him a hard "no" on moving to South Africa because she is worried that he will relapse. He is a gambling addict, and about a year before this was filmed, he blew all of his money while relapsing. It's hard to be honest in your marriage when you are concerned that bad news will send your partner into a self-destructive spiral.
Next time ...
Andrei is demolishing a kitchen, leading to a confrontation with Charlie, who doesn't care that Andrei is doing what Chuck told him to do because, well, Charlie just wants a fight.
Julia receives a package
It's obviously green card related, but is it good news? Probably, but we won't find out until next week.
Angela is still Angela, unfortunately
Her inability to care about other people also extends to herself, because she is smoking after her surgery even when everyone who cares about her is begging her not to. It's deranged, but that fits her behavior pattern.