After Elyse's blow-up with Alex, Steven is finally able to get her to admit that much of what she's suffering is classic separation anxiety. But she is still unable to put her anger aside, telling Steven that Alex is too self-centered to appreciate all the things they've done for him.
That night at Andy's school play, Steven asks Alex to talk with his mother about what she's feeling. Later, when the family decides to go out for ice cream, Elyse excuses herself and goes home alone.
Standing in Alex's room, a melancholy Elyse is surprised when her son walks in and apologies for fighting. Elyse confesses that his leaving reminds her that a part of her life is ending, while Alex tells her that bravado aside, he's scared about leaving the security of the family. Alex and Elyse embrace, having reaffirmed their love for each other.
Early the next morning, the sleepy family gathers for breakfast before taking Alex to the airport. However, Alex insists that he doesn't want an emotional airport goodbye and calls a cab. When the cab driver arrives, Alex shakes hands with his family members and leaves, only to return moments later to hug them and bid them a tearful goodbye.