Gretchen becomes fascinated by a slightly older, cool couple that appears to have it all. Jimmy employs a punishment-based system to ensure he meets his writing deadline.
Lexi and Rob are a married couple with a daughter, a house, a nanny and a dog. Their lives superficially resemble Jimmy and Gretchen. Gretchen is stalking them, having noticed them in the local coffee bar.
Jimmy leaves her to her own devices for the day, so he can do his quota of writing, though he starts out drinking and playing darts with Edgar. Meanwhile, Gretchen spies on Lexi and Rob in their home, persuades the nanny to let her hold their daughter in a local drugstore, and then "borrows" their dog for a day, taking it around the neighborhood talking about their life as if it were hers.
While doing this, she appears genuinely happy. She returns the dog in person, saying she found it, and is invited in for a drink.
Later, Jimmy joins them and they all seem to get along, but then Rob confides to Gretchen that he misses the old, wild ways, and thinks about getting divorced. Gretchen's euphoric mood is destroyed, and she announces they have to leave.
While Jimmy ridicules the older couple on the way home, Gretchen begins to cry.