Meanwhile in a fashion-forward robe on a porch in another part of the O.C., Gretchen and Slade are discussing their future. Gretchen wants to take Heather's advice and see a therapist to discuss their issues. Gretchen's upset because she doesn't know how to help him, and so why can't she help him help himself, you know? And so after a very sweet handhold the kids hop into the car and speed off to enlightenment.
Enlightenment is a bumpy road it turns out, with Gretchen and Slade bickering through traffic to their appointment and then over if Slade accidently introduced himself as doctor. (Dr. Slade does have a nice ring to it, doesn't it? It sounds very General Hospital to me.)
The pair immediately begins discussing the fiscal issues, and Slade does his best to assure Gretchen that things will get fixed. The reason for the hold up? Slade admits that he can't focus fully on his business because he's bogged down in Gretchen business. She's upset because she doesn't want him to feel that he has to do those things for her, and carves some time out for the business of being Smiley. And so we shall see if 10 am to 2 pm is enough time for him to focus on his business and get them ready for a life together.