After the performance, Wallace tracks down Hobbs. No explanation for how or why he knew Hobbs was the man to see. "You're not a reporter, I hope," Hobbs scoffs, to which Wallace cracks that he's been called the Proust of Lower Manhattan. Hobbs doesn't agree. "Okay, I'm a hack and a charlatan, but Mr. Beekman likes it that way," Wallace says. At least he's coming to terms with himself. Wallace enquires about Catherine Hines, and Hobbs waxes poetic about her being a magnificent force of good. "Specifically, she had a great gift for discovering talent in others and nurturing it to fruition." Benton bristles. This isn't a eulogy, it's a newspaper column, he points out. I wish it was a eulogy for his newspaper column. "Ah. A person's good qualities don't sell newspapers -- only human foibles," Hobbs says. Benton mentions the antidepressants and embellishes quite a bit, implying that Catherine was totally doped up and asking Hobbs why she was so distressed. Hobbs waves him off and walks away.
Brooke barges into a half-naked Zander's dressing room and then apologizes for doing so. "But you're barging nonetheless," Zander says. "'Nonetheless' is not usually heard in polite conversation," Brooke says. What is she talking about? Did she get drunk just from sitting next to Wallace and inhaling the whiskey vapors emanating from his sweat glands? Zander continues unbuttoning his shirt and makes a flirtatious remark about how rude things could get if he keep stripping. "I saw you in the audience and my heart leapt," Zander murmurs. "Row seven, one seat in from the aisle. Your date was snoring." Brooke, anxious to look available, corrects that Wallace isn't her date, but her ex-husband. She'd be better off pretending it was a one-time date, because the other option exposes her as demented enough to marry Benton in the first place, and hits home that they've slept together. Repeatedly. Hey, Brooke -- when the nun said "Climb Every Mountain," I don't think she meant it literally. Brooke pretends she and he were supposed to have an interview the next day and jots down her phone number so Zander can call her if his grief subsides. Wallace chooses this moment to barrel into the room, stops short when he sees Brooke and mumbles something about being sorry for the loss of Catherine. He regurgitates what Hobbs told him. "It was a blow to every young musician and composer, indeed, the entire world of classical music," Zander responds. Brooke looks at him, enthralled, thinking she'd love to be a blow for every young musician and composer in the world. Zander leaks that Catherine had a sister, Delores, and then Brooke abruptly cuts in that she's not finished with her pre-interview -- after all, that involves debriefing the subject, and Zander's clearly still wearing his. Wallace stares at her, then winks and leaves the room.