Rhoda's day outing with Joe and Donnie - her first quality time with the latter - is truncated, and her and Joe's date that evening is postponed when Joe is reminded that it is his ex-wife Marian's birthday. Joe has to get Donnie back to Tarrytown, and stay for the birthday gathering. This course of events makes Rhoda believe the worst about what Joe is doing with Marian, especially when she hears from Joe that he is overnighting it in Tarrytown. Reality ends up being worse than what Rhoda imagines: Joe and Marian had such a bad fight that Joe has made the decision that he never wants to get married again. That news is only one part of what affects a Rhoda/Joe future, the other part being Joe also thinking that he and Rhoda should take a step back in their relationship in light of that decision never to get married. Despite it not being what she wants, Rhoda agrees to Joe's proposition that they see other people. Rhoda's first date following her and Joe's now open relationship leads ...