Cathy Jamison is a high school teacher played by Laura Linney who discovers she has terminal melanoma and makes drastic changes in her once boring life. In this episode she goes to the bank and cashes out her retirement fund. For twenty years she has been contributing and now she wants her money. Even though the advisor tells her that she will forfeit half of her money, she decides to take the money and run.
She arrives at the rugby field and her husband is playing rugby. She warns him about his bad knee and that he is 45 years old, but he counters by telling her that she can’t kick him out of the house and tell him what to do. She also chastises him for buying their son a hand held video game player and tells him that their son should get a job and buy what he wants. While at the sidelines, she notices a woman known to both of them as “rugby slut” who dated, using the phrase loosely, every guy on the rugby team twenty years ago and she can’t believe she is still at it. Paul tells her that this woman’s name is Dina and she is a fan and it is not a crime to like something and that she should try it sometime. Rugby slut recognizes Cathy and starts talking to her. She tells her that she hasn’t changed a day and so glad to see “Paulie” still at it. Just then her son honks the horn for her to hurry up and the woman asks her how she likes her SUV? Then she tells her that she was thinking about getting one but her sister told her it is a “mom car.”
Back home she is now sitting with Marlene, who knows that she has cancer. She brings over a bottle of expensive champagne and Marlene finds objection to spending lots of money on things that do not last. Just then a flatbed truck drops off a beautiful red convertible right in front of her door. Who shows up at the same time, but her brother Sean who calls her a “gas whore”, remember he is one of those conservationists who takes it to the limit, but today he has a terrible toothache. She tells him that she got everything she wanted in the car and he tells her that he did not know she could drive a stick. She then acts surprised and asks; “it’s a stick?” The next few scenes show her bucking and stalling the car as she attempts to drive her newly acquired toy. (Been there/done that many moons ago, but driving stick is the most fun you can have in a car while it is going.)
She is then dining at a nice seafood restaurant where she meets her doctor who diagnosed her cancer. He is a young good looking guy who joins her for lunch rather than come to his office, she tells him the parking is too expensive at his office and it’s easier to park in the restaurant lot. While they are at the restaurant she spots the lobsters in the tank and realizes how free they were just a day or two ago. She asks the waitress how much for the big lobster in the tank, but she wants him alive. The waitress cannot sell the lobsters live and Cathy offers her $200 for the lobster, then $300, but no deal. The doctor tells her that he has to leave and has an appointment with a realtor. She begs to come along and gives him the keys to her new car, tells him she has to pee and to meet her in the front. As she is leaving the restaurant she throws the giant lobster in the backseat and jumps in the car as he takes off! Out pops the waitress yelling after them, but they are long gone!
So they get to this giant mansion and all the while she is acting like the young doctor’s older girlfriend and really playing it up for the real estate lady. Doc goes along with the decision and they have fun. Suddenly they look in the backyard at the pool and Cathy, who dropped the lobster in, is also in the pool with her clothes on. Doc tells the lady that she is going through a rough time.
The scene shifts to a police car dropping off Adam and Marlene happens to see what is going on. She tells the cop that she is Adam’s grandmother and the policeman explains that he was a first-time offender who was caught shoplifting video games at Wal-Mart, but they are not pressing charges. The cop leaves and she blackmails him into doing her yard work for not telling his mother. She offers to pay him a decent wage so he can buy the video game he would have stolen.
Back to the rugby field and Paulie is being cheered on by Dina and suddenly Sean shows up calling Paul every name in the book. Paul yells back at him mockingly; “are we playing on an ancient Indian burial ground, is my shirt made in Botswana by toddlers, are they endangered tree frogs in the Astroturf?” Sean continues to provoke Paul and tells him to hit him right in the jaw, which Paul finally does and knocks his tooth out. Sean tells him that he only meant 68% of the mean things he said to him, but is now happy to be rid of the painful tooth!
As we leave Cathy she is locking the new car up in a rental storage facility, but before she does, she puts a birthday card on the windshield that has written on it; happy 18th birthday, Adam, she then crosses out the 18th and changes it to 30th.