Rabbit Hole Act 2, Scenes 1–2
by David Lindsay-Abaire

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Act 2, Scenes 1–2

Scene 1

Howie is standing in a suit at the front door of their home as Izzy walks in from the kitchen with a piece of torte. Izzy is over four months pregnant.

Howie is running an open house, but he doesn’t think there are any serious buyers. Izzy says the reason people aren’t interested is because Howie keeps telling them what happened to Danny. Howie becomes defensive, but Izzy explains that people are suspicious about things like “house karma.” Howie doesn’t agree and thinks they need a real estate agent to close the deal.

Izzy asks Howie why Becca is angry with her, suggesting it’s her pregnancy. Howie says Becca isn’t angry, but Izzy won’t let it go. Howie tries to explain that there is more going on around the house that has nothing to do with Izzy, but she refuses to accept his response. She asks Howie if Becca blames her for calling that day to complain about Nat, but Howie says Danny’s accident has nothing to do with her or the phone call.

Izzy keeps pushing the issue of her pregnancy and says she feels like no one is supporting her. She feels like everyone thinks she can’t handle it. Izzy says she’s ready, and Howie says he hopes she is. Izzy doesn’t appreciate his “hopes” comment. Howie ends the open house early and grabs a beer from the fridge.

Izzy asks Howie if he remembers her friend Reema, and Howie says he doesn’t. Reema works at a restaurant Howie went to a couple of weeks ago. Howie says he hopes he didn’t stiff the waitress, and Izzy states that Reema saw Howie with a woman. Howie casually says that he was with a woman from the support group, but Izzy says they were seen holding hands. The more Izzy describes the scene, the angrier Howie becomes. Izzy makes it clear that she is protecting her sister and hopes that if things aren’t going well in their marriage, Howie will be honest and not sneak around behind Becca’s back. Howie is enraged by Izzy’s comments, claiming that he is not having an affair. Izzy ends the conversation by saying he did stiff Reema on the tip.

Becca and Nat are in the middle of an argument as they come through the front door with groceries. Izzy tries to interrupt by asking if anyone brought her an olive loaf, while Nat says if she hadn’t said something, someone would have called the cops. This comment grabs everyone’s attention. Nat says they had “a little scene,” and Becca tries to change the subject by asking about the open house. Howie, however, asks what happened. Becca says she doesn’t want to do the food shopping anymore, because all the foods remind her of Danny. In between Becca’s comments, Nat tells the story.

Nat says there was a little boy at the grocery store who reminded Becca of Danny. The boy was upset because his mother wouldn’t buy him fruit roll-ups. Becca told the mother to buy “the fucking fruit roll-ups,” frustrated that the mother was ignoring her child. The mother said she didn’t want to give her son candy, but Becca wouldn’t let it go. The woman became angry and told Becca to mind her own business. Trying to maneuver her cart around Becca, the woman ran over Becca’s foot. Becca slapped her in response. Nat got Becca out of the store and explained the situation to the woman, who was receptive to Nat’s explanation.

Howie and Izzy are shocked by this news. Becca sits on the couch, and Izzy snuggles up to her. Becca says she thought she had a couple of good days, but she let herself slip today. She couldn’t handle the sight of a mother ignoring her child.

Jason Willette approaches the house and asks if he can come in. Howie says it’s not a good time, but Jason doesn’t leave. He says he just wants to say hi and find time to talk with the family. Howie continues to explain that right now isn’t a good time, so Jason offers to leave his number. When Jason still won’t leave, Howie begins to lose his nerve and aggressively tells Jason an open house sign doesn’t mean he can just walk into someone’s...

(The entire section is 1,309 words.)