"You're an artist, Claire. If you focus you can become something or self destruct like the rest of us. It's a blessing and a curse".--Aunt Sarah
Imagine yourself widowed for 13 months, you called your sister immediately after your spouse died and several times in between. She has not yet returned any of your messages and you are becoming quite worried. Then to top it off, the sister arrives several months later unannounced, flirting with your significant other, reminscing on awkward moments in the past and filling your daughter up with something that will bring her nowhere or possibly somewhere if she is that good. This is exactly my point of view on how Ruth felt when Sarah, her sister who Claire has never seen and thought she had been deceased shows up and presents herself.
Ruth later on confronts her on all of the above and also claiming that she had had more fun when they were growing up since Sarah left after high school and Ruth stayed to help her ailing grandmother. Sarah then explains herself that she didn't have the fun Ruth gets to enjoy. Sure she fills herself with good instead of bad, telling her sister she is a terrible artist but surrounds herself with good and that she could never have children because she is reproductively challenged. So who really feels like the jerk now?
Other important events in "In Place of Anger"...
*Death of the week: a drunken man at a holiday party falls off a boat and gets chopped up by a propeller. The widow, being a bargain hunter thinks about her decision and decides to go with a Kroehner funeral home. David then poaches the funeral back. She then asks Nate for her to see the badly decayed and destroyed remains.
*David continues to see Ben Cooper who loves spending time with him but David feels uncomfortable when the family wants to meet him. After running into Keith, David breaks up with Ben.
*At breakfast, Nate wants to announce the news of their engagement to the family at Sunday dinner. Brenda advises Nate that it is not a good idea but Nate then formally proposes since Brenda proposed to him. At the dinner which include Aunt Sarah and Nikolai, Aunt Sarah asks Claire to stay at Topanga Canyon for a weekend which Ruth objects to. Later Claire learns the story about how Nate lost his viriginity one weekend while staying at Aunt Sarah's. He was 15 and she was 32, her name is Fiona Kleinschmidt and we will meet her in the next episode.
*Federico has a bad case of mold at his house which has to be fixed immediately before the situation worsens. Federico then implies the idea that his cousin, Ramon can help. Rico then tells Vanessa to shut up when she calls Rico, "David's lapdog".
*On the second visit of Mitzi Dalton-Huntley, she demands them to go on a little trip with her to Palm Springs where she once again offers to purchase Fisher & Sons. Nate then rips up the check in the hot tub where Mitzi announces they are going under no matter what.
Overall a pretty satisfying episode, the first of many appearances of Patricia Clarkson as Aunt Sarah. The episode leads into what could be argued two of the series' best episodes (Back to the Garden, It's The Most Wonderful), in my opinion.