Whatever, the pillow wall comes down during the night and when Baze wakes up, Cate is snuggled right up to him. A small freakout ensues and Baze decides it'd be better if he left but Lux won't allow it (trashed bar) and the three truck over to Cate's dad's house. There is a sweet but awkward reunion and then Cate and Lux go to the store to get some food for dinner and Baze stays and has an intensely uncomfortable conversation with Gary (that's the dad's name) wherein Baze keeps telling him how he can relate to the weirdness of having a kid show up on your doorstep all these years later but how great it is and Gary's all "yeah...kids are...awful." I mean, I'm paraphrasing based on the tone he used but both Baze and I were like "oooh...kay."
Everyone sits down to dinner then and Cate puts all her cards on the table and asks Gary to come to the wedding. He accepts but in that way that people do when they clearly just can't think of a nice way to say no and Baze can see the whole tragic thing playing out and is not happy.
When Baze confides to Lux that he recognizes something shitty in Gary that used to exist in him back when he was the kind of guy who'd tell a girl he knocked up to eff off. Lux cautions Baze that if he tells Cate this, even if he's right, she will only get angry at Baze. He knows Lux is right but when he walks into the hotel room later that night to hear her telling Ryan how she's going to have Gary walk her down the isle, he can't help himself. She takes it exactly as well as Lux told him she would and Baze bolts back to Portland leaving his girls to catch a ride with Gary the next day. Oh, before he goes he's all apologetic to Lux because he knows how much this time together means to her but he promises he'll make it up to her and that's when she's all "um, well...the truth is I just needed to get you away from the bar so Bug could try and clean it up." Baze's little heart is crushed. Kris Polaha was so adorably sweet in this episode.
The next morning the girls wait on the steps for Gary to come but he never does. He then calls the B&B and asks the desk to tell them that "something" came up. So Cate shoves Lux in a taxi and hauls ass out to Gary's place to confront him about how she doesn't need him to be perfect, she just needs him to be in her life. But he kind of comes clean that when he left all those years ago, it wasn't because he didn't want to be married, it was because he had no interest in kids and he just didn't want that to be part of his life. And those stupid birthday cards, as Baze so astutely pointed out, were nothing more than a way to alleviate his own guilt.
Cate is heartbroken and turns to leave when she sees that Baze has come back for them and she breaks down in his arms. He holds her and comforts her. It's beautiful. And sad because I swear, I really like Ryan and really want her to marry him but I also really like Baze and now that they've made him this great guy and made him fall in love with her, I sort of want them to be together. It's infuriating!
In the end, Cate tells Baze that she's sorry she's spent all this time taking out all her abandonment issues on him because she does see that he's changed and she's glad that he's in her life. Then she gives Ryan a big kiss and Baze's heart breaks some more. Lux goes home with him to help clean the bar but really it's so they can have a private moment to ask him how long he's been in love with Cate. He fesses up that it's been since she came back and that he kept thinking if he ignored it, it'd go away but now he doesn't want it to go away. Then Lux drags him back to Cate's to tell them both that she loves them and wants them to adopt her.
Next week, the season (we hope - please renew this show, Ms. Ostroff!) finale and the wedding.