Mia and Jason seem to go swimmingly and Mia jogs in fur, which (sorry, PETA) is amazing. To make amends, she becomes the foster parent to a dog (per the suggestion of the awesome Mary Testa) and tries to convince it to love her. Jason falls asleep during an encouragingly suggestive almost-sex scene. Wallace Shawn works for the pet adoption service and decides that Mia isn't ready for a dog. She becomes determined to show that she is, in fact, ready. But, she's not really. She decides that she and Jason aren't right for each other because they aren't all over each other all of the time, and she may be right about that one. She decides that because she feels more right about the dog than about Jason, she has to have it.
Zoë gets really type-A with mommy duties now that she's unemployed. Eric tries to get her to recharge, but she's "go, go, go." She tries to learn Italian, and we learn that Adam the Manny speaks it fluently. Pretty. Clayton keeps trying to ask her questions about the Tate deal that they worked on together. It sounds like it might be falling apart without her. It looks like she's going back.
Juliet has to fight a takeover bid from a corporate raider. Also, Gerard decides that he wants a new architect for the project that they're working on. She and the raider, Len Dinerstein, do that urbane flirting thing where they act like they are burning holes through the other person's head with their eyes. She goes on a date with him, but he buys even more stock in her company, furthering his takeover bid. Zoë asks Juliet to interview Eric for the architect position. She does so, hesitantly, and Gerard hires him.
Lily Parish is in a tizzy because Zac Posen drops them from his show. I guess they were the sponsors of his show? This apparently means that Caitlin has to find a new designer, so she chooses this young guy right out of design school. She keeps talking about how she's giving him the chance of a lifetime, but he doesn't finish his designs in time for Fashion Week. So, Caitlin gets the bright idea to send all of the models down the runway in matching flesh-colored swimsuits with crazy doo-dads on their eyes. It Kills!
Previously: Mia dated a brain surgeon. Juliet was working with a sexy European hotelier. Zoë quit her job because Clayton got credit for her work.
Mia and Jason are jogging together in a park when they get all competitive and start racing. Mia is wearing fur. It's wrong and amazing. If this show were this level of ridiculous all of the time, I bet I could find a way to like it. After their run, Jason and Mia try to make plans to meet for a meal that day, but Jason's too busy. It is decided that he will pay Mia a pre-planned booty call come midnight.
Zoë is talking to Juliet on the phone, while in bed and wearing pajamas. For the first time ever. Eric thinks a headhunter is calling Zoë, but she explains that some guy named Len Dinerstein (most unfortunate name) is a corporate raider and is going after Juliet's company. Eric recommends that Zoë make up for all the sleep she has missed out on over the years, but it doesn't look like she's going to take his advice. Zoë tries to get all Type-A regarding mommy tasks, but Eric tells her that everything is taken care of. One might argue that, were a person even remotely interested in the minutiae of her children's lives (see: "Luke's Spanish workbook"), she'd be aware that someone else in her house took care of those details every day that she's not thinking about them. But to argue with this show is futile.
Later, Juliet and Zoë are leaving a café. Juliet is on the phone telling some reporter that she can't comment on Len Dinerstein except to compliment him on his business savvy for investing in her company. Zoë offers Juliet part of some confection that is hidden in a paper bag, and tells her that Len Dinerstein's buying five million shares of her company is "him wanting to take a closer look." She likens it to the company being a mail-order bride whose airfare has just been paid. Another b-school beatitude? Classy. Juliet refuses Zoë's treat, then asks for a little bit, then takes the whole thing. Meanwhile, Zoë goes on this weird industrial film-like explanation of ways companies can avoid hostile takeovers. Zoë warns Juliet that Len is going to want to check out his bride. Gross.
At the Lily Parish offices, Lily herself (again played by Christine Ebersole, who I just recently saw in Applause. She was terrific!) comes into Caitlin's office screaming that Zac Posen has dropped them from his show. He is going with an Icelandic company called Fase. Lily says that this is Caitlin's fault (no reason given). Caitlin says that it's an "Icelandic Hostile Makeover." Lily tells her to fix it; then she's out of there.
Mia gets to work, where Wendy (Awesome! Mary Testa!) is waiting in her office to tell Mia that she needs to pull a cover. Mia tells Wendy that she needs a few moments and a tranquilizer before she can talk to her. Oh, and Wendy has a dog with her. His name is Wylie Jim, and she found him on the street. She's the dog's foster parent until he gets a permanent home. Mia bends down and talks kissy-doggy to Wylie. Wendy suggests that Mia take Wylie. She can't, she says. Why doesn't Wendy? "Six dogs is just weird," Wendy intones. Funniest line on the series. Testa's a champ! Wendy convinces Mia to take over fostering duties, before Mia realizes that Wylie has bad breath.