James is sitting on his very odd-looking little patio on the edge of his ugly house, brooding and drinking a beer. Stacey comes out and makes some noises about the kids and going to bed, but he talks about the first time he met her, in an economics class in college. He says he saw her walk in, and he was already there, since he was fifteen minutes early for every class freshman year. Okay, writers! Nice one. I liked that little bit of actual storytelling. He goes on that he thought that if he could just sit across from her and have a cup of coffee, his life would be perfect. He's being pretty maudlin for having had one beer, but then again, he is awfully skinny. He gets up and says his life isn't perfect, and strides away; confused, she follows and asks if he's nervous about the interview the next day, but he lays it out and asks if she was having an affair with his boss, "and I'll respect you a hell of a lot more if you tell me the truth." She eventually cops to it, and he snarls that actually, he doesn't respect her at all. Me neither, because you landed MICHAEL VARTAN, and I know couples sometimes grow apart, but it's like she just wiped her ass with a winning lottery ticket here. A badly written exchange about walking out yields to James melodramatically running to his car and peeling out of there as his wife yells, "James, don't go!" I'd imagine that's what Vartan's significant other said to him in regard to this show, only she had much more justification for doing so.
Duncan is on the roof of his office building, taking a tee shot in front of a bunch of his employees. He blathers about their awesome marketing and brand recognition, and says they're "the darlings of Wall Street." No, the Darlings are on a different, much much better show. Some dude asks if Duncan isn't worried about hurting someone with an errant ball, and seriously, he's got a point, because a lawsuit lost to the family of a Six Feet Under cold-open victim can pull down your market cap in a hurry. Duncan says that "Adam" has things under control, and we see a guy with a baseball glove in the ready position on the next building over, but Duncan pulls his next shot wide of the other roof, hitting the top of a cab and almost sending Adam to his death in a vain attempt to catch the ball. Duncan then gives an overly dramatic speech about how the fastest-growing demographic will soon be women over sixty, and smarms on about marketing to seniors as some woman gives him an approving "I hear nothing when I see your pretty face" smile. Unfortunately for Duncan, that charm doesn't work on blood relations, as Cameron has appeared with two trays full of coffee in hand, and she remarks that women don't like to think of themselves as old, and everyone knows that the way to reach them is to appeal to the girl in them. Overly facile on both sides, but the win goes to Cameron when she adds, "The exception being your last three teenage girlfriends, of course." My guess is that Cameron's going to be demoted to golf-ball-catching duty soon. Duncan, for his part, sticks out his lower lip and stomps off the roof. I understand Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are given to doing the same thing.