Mia is at work in her office when we hear someone call, "Mimi!" It's Mia's parents; Mia didn't know they were visiting. Mother, who is clearly sitcom mom pushy/annoying at first sight, says that Mia's father had a dentist appointment with "that Jewish man on Riverside." So many problems with this line. I'm assuming the writers felt that they needed to devise a way for the parents to plausibly spring a surprise visit on Mia, but if they use a dentist in Manhattan, where do they live, Germany? I say this because it has been established that Mia's office is on 23rd Street and, unless you were making a trek to the dentist in the first place, they are not near each other. And, to identify your Manhattan dentist as "that Jewish man" is like referring to a Kenyan as "THE fast runner." Or maybe they were just trying to establish that she's aware of race? Still -- the Jewish doctor thing is so lame. Why not "The nice Latina girl showed us to your office." Well, maybe they wanted to also establish that the mom was a little abrasive? She lives in New York, though -- she still knows that there are tons of Jewish dentists. There are so many people in L.A. who want jobs like the writers on this show have/had. You just wish that they wouldn't be so fucking lazy. Mom, played by Broadway actress Jodi Long, tells Mia that she has already walked four miles that morning, closed an escrow, and marinated some beef. As she's saying this, she's looking at the work on Mia's desk. Mia is following her and throwing away trash from her desk and generally looking nervous for Mom's approval. Mia asks if she likes the office, and Mom answers, "It's very big. Do you share it with other people?" Again, she's a power-walking, escrow-closing, early-rising, suit-wearing New Yorker and she would actually think that the publisher of an apparently huge magazine group would share an office? Perhaps she's just being an asshole, but the tone is all over the place, so who would know? Seriously, I'm not trying to be a killjoy, and I do derive an amount of enjoyment from watching this pretty show, but I'm just being real. There are problems. Mia reminds her mother that she's publisher and wouldn't need to share an office.
Suddenly, a woman bursts in and says that they have a "big problem with Katie's nipples!" Mia introduces the woman as Wendy, the editor of Havoc. I know her as Mary Testa, Broadway bad-ass and current star of Joe R's fave Xanadu. Not to geek out here, but she has the best interview in my favorite showbiz documentary, Broadway: The Golden Age, By The Legends Who Were There. (You have to say it with the subtitle, every time you say it. It's a rule.) With the Masons looking on with low-intensity horror, Wendy says that Katie's nipples weren't airbrushed out; she wonders if Mia "approved" that. Ushering Wendy out of her office, she says that she's publisher and doesn't handle nipples. Yeah, but there are a ton of thing she does do on this show that an actual publisher wouldn't do either, so why draw the line at nipples? Wendy screams back into the office that they have to send something to Katie, and Mia has to authorize a $20,000 expenditure. Huh? As an apology for her nipples? Does it cost that much to airbrush? Again, who knows? But, PLEASE bring back Mary Testa for more. I'm begging.