Jimmy opens up emotionally, which completely freaks Gretchen out.
At breakfast Edgar tries to celebrate Jimmy and Gretchen's "exclusive" status, but they won't cooperate.
Jimmy receives a soccer jersey as a gift from his father. He throws it out and leaves in a funk.
Edgar tells Gretchen that it is now her job to deal with Jimmy's issues instead of him.
Jimmy finds his book has been remaindered by the bookstore and decides to heckle Sandra Bernhard (appearing as herself) when she gives a reading there. Gretchen tries and fails to listen to Jimmy's complaints about his father.
She also cannot handle Lindsay's guilt about her infidelity. Jimmy goes to the bookstore event, but is so affected by the reading that he forgets about heckling. He is thrown out when he tries to get Bernhard to help him get his book back on sale.
Edgar and Lindsay keep trying to set up a meal with Jimmy and Gretchen, but are stood up each time. They begin to wonder if they are merely "sidekicks".
Gretchen and Dana, a friend from her job, visit Jimmy at home and decide to try a threesome. It is a spectacular failure and Dana walks out.
Gretchen bemoans her inability to have women friends, but Jimmy asks her to stop. They each realize they can't handle other people's pain, being "equally dead inside". This actually brings them closer together.