It's the Empire State Building, so we know we must be in New York. Pander and Dawson sit in the reception area waiting to meet with the one agent willing to give the two of them the time of day. Dawson worries about last-minute strategizing, but Pander's too busy whining about the agent going on a power trip by making him wait and thinking that the receptionist is making goo-goo eyes at him. I reach through the screen, hook my fingers into Pander's nostrils, then pull forward quickly, slamming his face into the glass of my television in the hopes of shutting him up. It doesn't work. He continues to blather on about whether he should ask the receptionist out. After some unfunny nonsense about long-distance relationships and some annoyed stares from Dawson, he decides not to ask her out until they leave. Dawson hangs his head. I breathe on a mirror to make sure I'm still alive. I actually hope that I'm dead, because then I'm pretty sure I can stop recapping, but sadly, I'm not.
Back at the restaurant, Pacey is in the kitchen slicing tomatoes. Audrey sulks in, looking crestfallen. Pacey, of course, is singing a new tune now that he's top dog in the kitchen. He tells her that things are going to be fine -- Alex is just "putting up a tough front" to make people respect her. Audrey informs Pacey that he's going to have to find out whether that's true on his own. Audrey's been let go. Pacey doesn't believe her at first. Finally it sinks in and Pacey promises to be all fixie-fixie and help Audrey get her job back. He tells Audrey that he'll talk to Alex and promises to set things right by tomorrow afternoon.
We cut to a close-up of a mouth talking on a headset phone, and for one brief moment, I'm seized with the horror that they're going to throw a Ben Stiller parody of an agent at me. Not that Stiller's parody is bad, but it's rather dated now, and nobody on this show can even hope to match the writing. But no, this agent that Pander and Dawson are meeting is so normal and polite that it's terribly disconcerting, given this show's record. He's like the Tom Frost of this season, and is by far the most likeable person in this whole subplot. An agent. He ends his call and apologizes to Dawson and Pander for making them wait. He joins them over in the open conference area of his office and introduces himself as Andrew Waller.
Pander immediately puts a foot in his mouth by mocking the quality of a movie featured on a poster on a nearby wall. Of course, the agent was responsible for packaging the deal to get the movie made. Why is this guy in New York? Wouldn't he be in Los Angeles? Literary agents are in New York, sure. Oh, what do I know? Anyway, the movie title is Thirst for Vengence, and yes, that's a big old [sic] regarding the spelling of the last word in the title there. Idiots. Maybe Pander's just mocking the typo, but I don't think so. Dawson tries to cover Pander's gaffe by bringing up the director, but Pander plows over him and says that "Bazooka comics have more depth" than the movie's script. Andrew looks slightly bemused, no doubt imagining the many ways in which Hollywood is going to chew Pander up and spit him out into itty-bitty pieces. He recognizes that Pander is the writer and Dawson is the director. Dawson blathers on a bit about how well he and Pander work together: Pander has the big visions, and Dawson reins him in based on what they can actually produce on film. Andrew takes time out to slather praise over their student film. Whatever. Just the brief glimpses I saw of it made me roll my eyes.