Gavin's club. He and Henry play a violently competitive game of racquetball. Gavin asks Henry what he wants, and when Henry is first glib and then obvious (water; to marry Jane), Gavin advises that when "someone who is fairly connected" asks what he wants, Henry should mention the things he can't get on his own. Glad to see Gavin isn't suffering from any deficiencies of self-esteem. Henry says he wants to be chief of staff for Bill Edwards, a Brooklyn city councilman who might run for mayor next year. And that's the second mention of Greenpoint on this show, which I believe is ABC's way of making it up to my friend Marisa for towing her car a bunch of times while they filmed Life on Mars in her neighborhood.
Gavin points out that Henry already works in the mayor's office, but Henry wants more than city planning and says he has an interview in a month. Gavin hollers that the job will be gone by then and Henry can't just wait in line for his turn. "You've got to take what you want," Gavin says.
Jane is telling Olivia at lunch that Henry always wanted to live in New York and harbors secret political ambitions. She compliments the restaurant, and Olivia says she used to bring her daughter here. The waiter arrives with their lunchtime neat whiskeys, which is a tradition I can get behind. And then Olivia asks how Henry is in bed and to Jane's credit she doesn't choke on her Cobb salad. Jane says the sex is "very nice," then admits that Henry might think she's crazy. Olivia asks why, and Jane reluctantly explains her vivid dreams and says she's not sure what's real. Yes, that is definitely a good way to get people to think you're crazy. Jane says she feels like the dead don't stay dead. Then she realizes what she's said and apologizes. Olivia brushes her off and signals the waiter for more daytime booze.
Annie arrives at work (which looks a lot like NY1's offices) and a coworker compliments her on her story. Which... I don't really understand why she's getting all the attention for this. If someone with an interesting life story dies, they'll probably have an interesting obituary, provided the obit writer isn't incompetent or a crushing dullard. How is this an achievement of Annie's? The co-worker observes, really quite insensitively, "It's a shame your mom isn't around to see it. She'd be so proud of you." Dude. That is a shitty thing to say to anyone. Annie sits down and calls someone, saying she needs to print a small retraction to a piece last month. She opens her program and goes to her mother's obit. She replaces the last graf, about how Karen Morgan was a Minneapolis public school teacher, with a sentence saying that Karen was in fact a renowned children's book author with over 400 million copies of her work sold in 30 languages. (This is fucking ridiculous. That is J.K. Rowling territory!) Annie says, "I love you, Mom," and sends off her blatantly ludicrous changes, before having a tiny panic about how she just submitted for publication a huge, easily disprovable lie.