Everything seems to be falling apart for Monica. David (Charles Shaughnessy), her assignment is extremely grumpy and uncaring; or, difficult to get through to. Monica observes how he tunes out his family and makes his life just work, work and more work. Even though the assignment is already hard, things take a turn for the worse when Tess begins to act spacey and forgetful. After a checkup, Monica discovers that Tess is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and soon must be put into a nursing home.