Cindy discovers she is pregnant and tells Dean the baby is unlikely to be his.
At an abortion clinic, Cindy decides at the last moment to cancel the procedure.
At the motel, Dean constantly tries to seduce Cindy but she rebuffs him.
They start fighting and she locks him outside the motel room. Feinberg, talks to her about a position he had offered her.
"It’s a (expletive) club and we don’t want any new members … But man, oh man, it’s lifesaving to have (them)."And then there are the small, bright spots — those moments of clarity where Williams realizes she and her daughter are making a way for themselves and are not "just surviving, but thriving.""I watched (Matilda) warm in the sun, in her swimsuit, get on her bicycle and smile and wave as she rode off to go meet her friends," she recalls.
"I went back into the house and sobbed because of this incredibly simple moment – common everyday happiness.
So the next day I drove to Scranton (...) and we said, 'We're shooting here'.
Megan goes missing one day and is found dead on the road side, further straining the couple's marriage.
After watching old family videos, Dean insists on taking Cindy out for a romantic getaway at a motel so they can have some time off from their preoccupied lives, much to Cindy's reluctance.
Gosling and Williams improvised dialogue; the scene in which their characters wander through New York together was unscripted, for example; the actors—who had both appeared in The United States of Leland (2003) but had not shared scenes—got to know each other during its filming.
Before filming the marriage dissolution between the main characters, Gosling and Williams prepared by renting a home, bringing their own clothing and belongings, buying groceries with a budget based on their characters' incomes, filming home movies and taking a family portrait at a local Sears with the actress who played their daughter, and staging out arguments.