Less Than Zero
Elsewhere, the two detectives are walking out of what appears to be a campus security office. They're trying to figure out what to make of all the differing stories they've been hearing. The detective who isn't Sharon Lawrence tells the detective who is Sharon Lawrence that Naomi's rich and powerful father is pressuring for some action. We're treated to a montage of Professor Eric Bogosian's incredibly pointless mass communication class, which has descended into bunch of poorly argued battle-of-the-sexes comments about the whole rape accusation, blended with the detectives striding across campus and arresting Beau. A student asks if the rape took place, why hasn't anything appeared in the paper? Professor Eric thinks that's a good question and calls on Jones to answer. She looks up as we cut briefly to Beau being led away in handcuffs, to suggest that "it's just gossip right now, isn't it?" Thanks for the attempt at more dramatic irony, folks, but since Jones knows the police are investigating and that Naomi intends to press charges, her response makes no sense.
Later, Jones knocks on the door of what must be a dorm room, as I see no other plausible explanation for a hallway whose bottom half is painted green and top half is painted yellow. Somewhere, a newly unemployed set designer is crying into his rum and Coke. Apparently, this is Naomi's dorm room. Why the richest girl on campus lives in the dorms while Jones lives in an airplane hangar is totally beyond me. Jones explains who she is and that she knows Naomi from calculus class. She asks Naomi if she could come in and talk to her for a minute. Naomi's got a rather large dorm room, but given the loft the others live in, it's hard to criticize. Jones is immediately drawn to the vodka and O.J. on top of Naomi's mini-fridge. Make of that what you will. Jones asks Naomi if she's sure about what happened. Naomi starts to get pissed, thinking that Jones is a friend of Beau's. Jones says she doesn't even know him, but she knows he was arrested. Naomi is glad for the fact, and points out it's odd that Jones is here, because she thought Jones didn't like her. Jones explains about the gossip about her sleeping with Professor Bogosian, but it turns out that Naomi doesn't know anything about it. So why was Naomi giving Jones the stink-eye in that club in the first place? Jones admits that perhaps she was just too intimidated by Naomi's rich background to ever actually talk to her. But now that Naomi has given Jones booze, they can be best friends. They chat about their pasts. At some point, Jones mentions that one of her roommates is Derrick Webb. The sound of Oil Derrick's name causes Naomi to drop her drink in slow motion. Then she freaks out and asks if this is some kind of sick joke. Yes. On us. She shrieks at Jones and tells her to get out. Jones leaves, stopping in the stairwell to wonder what the hell is going on.