Thanksgiving arrives, and in the McConnell family it is more of a business opportunity than a holiday—Ellen's father always invites the people on his staff who don't have other plans.
Everyone is super busy, Dad with his cooking, Link with college applications, and Mom's work is in full swing.
Ellen is now neglecting her homework in order to read art books so she can learn how to really look at paintings.
Her dad starts asking her questions about school, friends, and so on (you know, typical out-of-touch dad questions), and she dodges most of them.
For some reason both of her parents have been trying to ask her about Polly and Link, and she's curious about why.
Thanksgiving goes really well, much to Ellen's surprise.
James invites her to go rollerblading so she can finally use her birthday present. Also, so he can get out of the house while his half-sisters are visiting. They're not exactly fond of each other due to the circumstances under which he was conceived.
James and Ellen rollerblade for a while (Ellen falling a lot, James gracefully instructing her), and then when James realizes he left his wallet at home, debate where to go: brave the half-sister coven, or brave Link in order to get some food.
James insists it'd be too weird to go to Ellen's house because, as he says, "we're not dating […] the way your brother and I weren't a couple." So… they're dating?