Claire congratulates Alan on the press coverage acknowledging James as a Spaulding. Claire notes that Alan’s love for the new baby makes him vulnerable and that she only became close to Michelle when she backed away. Alan claims that their family situations are different and changes the subject by inviting Claire to Spaulding’s party for Richard and Cassie. Claire accepts. Buzz blasts Phillip when he expresses concern for Beth over the picture in the paper. Harley accuses Buzz of being unsupportive, but recoils from Phillip’s attempt to apologize for his insensitivity. Beth is surprised when Jim reacts calmly to the newspaper picture and praises him for his tolerance. Later, Phillip warns Alan against interfering in his life. Meanwhile, Edmund babysits James while Beth confronts Alan. Beth is amused by Edmund’s domestic efforts. Danny is hurt after Ross brings him the divorce papers from Michelle. May kisses Danny in an attempt to comfort him, but he gently rejects her, claiming he still feels married to Michelle. A disparaging Vicky hires Ruth to work as a waitress at Cassie and Richard’s party.