Claudius is making some speech about how his brother's dead, and how his brother's wife is now his wife. He announces that he has sent his messengers to Norway so that they could convince Fortinbras to stop the war. It stops the people from worrying too much (but really, he's just trying so hard to win them over especially since his brother was an amazing King).
After all that, Laertes asks Claudius if he could go back to France since he's done attending to his duties here in Denmark. Claudius, being the kind of King who is all for the Family First!
idea (Is this for real?) asks Laertes if he's asked his Dad, Polonius for his permission. He gets confirmation when Polonius said that he has already reluctantly agreed after much persuading.
Hamlet comes in all gloom and doom which makes Claudius and Gertrude wonder why he's still so depressed when everyone goes eventually
... Claudius even tells Hamlet that people are going to think he's gay with all the crying he's doing...
They try to convince Hamlet to stay in Denamrk, he agrees when his mother asks.
After this encounter with his parents, Hamlet starts ranting: Ughh I want to kill myself ,but noooo I’d be sinning if I did! The world sucks! My Dad hasn’t even been dead for 2 months, and she’s already moved on! I mean, he’s obviously better than Claudius, but she’s already all over him, it’s gross! NASTY! Why are women so weak!?
It's a good thing Horatio comes in, and tells Hamlet all about the Ghost. Hopefully, it will speak to Hamlet.