The Fates, in Sidebar: "She's acting crazy, right? Not compared to Ellen Greene, but compared to herself. She's in shock, she's in pain. She hasn't talked about anything but planning this memorial since the accident happened. When I picked her up from the police station she was wondering if an evite was too informal. It's denial. The Seven Steps."
Michelle summons her bravery enough to bring them bagels, but nobody eats carbs anymore. They're the first words Fanny's said to her, really said to her, not past her invisible face but to it, and they are dismissive, a hiss.
Michelle: "Okay? Well, they're stale if that helps at all. You know, all that chewing... Help burn some extra calories..."
Is there anything she can do? No. She already knew that. Outdoors feels like indoors, for a second. Close and tight and stale. She leaves again.
Fates: "So she's still here... Wonder why. It just happened, of course, but she really didn't know him in the first place. There's nothing here for her now. And she's awfully tall."
Greene: "Was she ever a man? I think the town could use a woman who used to be a man. To go with the Republican, and the Liza Minnelli impersonator."
The phone rings; it's a monk. From Tibet. Fanny answers it. Maybe it's him.
Truly's almost finished cleaning up when Michelle appears, asking to help. She turns down the bagels -- nobody eats carbs anymore -- and Michelle finally breathes, exasperated. Can you believe the carb thing came back around again? So dumb. And we're not even done with it yet. People aren't even avoiding carbs anymore, they're avoiding gluten and dairy. These are the jokes you take out in the second pass. This whole episode is almost entirely made up of jokes you would take out in the second pass. Is there a writer's room at all? Is this some kind of a Louis CK situation where ASP is running everything, even craft services? And if so, is she serving carbs?
Michelle: "I'm thinking of singlehandedly bringing them back. You know, along with smoking, lead paint, thalidomide, slip 'n slide..."