This small crack in the couple’s armor quickly becomes a gaping hole when a miscarriage smashes their hopes of having a child, a step Denise half-heartedly took to support Alicia who wants nothing more than to be a mother. As it can sometimes happen, the loss of the their unborn child forms an emotional barrier between the couple, leaving them to find support elsewhere in the arms of different lovers.
Too much for the couple to bear, Denise and Alicia split up, sell the house, and go an unspecified amount of time where they are no longer part of each other’s lives. Chapter 3 follows Denise as she goes through the process of selling the home while also attempting to write her second book, two processes that are deeply impacted by the failure of her marriage. Alicia, on the other hand, decides to have a child on her own in Chapter 4 and goes through the physically and emotionally taxing process of In Vitro Fertilization (which is successful), in perhaps the best Master of None episode since the award-winning “Thanksgiving.”