At just that moment, Ed himself emerges from his office and yells Lynette's name; Lynette creeps into his office. He looks up from some paperwork and brusquely informs her, "Nina's out, you're in. You are our new VP of accounts." Which sounds like good news, and yet...I wonder! As Lynette struggles to get her mind around this information, Ed tells her that he just gave Bossy "the ax, along with a bunch of other people." Why? Because, as Ed informs Lynette, "our old pal Stu just filed a sexual harassment suit against the company," and he "hired a fancy lawyer and threatened to go to the press." Stu even has a videotape of himself, delivering hot muffins to (i.e., sexing) the Bossy herself. In short, Ed had no choice but to pay Stu off. Lynette, scrambling to catch up, says that she gets why Ed fired Bossy, but why everyone else? Ed: "Stu's taking us to the cleaners. If I don't cut back on staff, the next round of paychecks are going to bounce." Many people on the boards have pointed out that a legitimate company would have insurance to cover such contingencies, and that if Lynette were smart, she'd leave at the first hint of how bubble-gummed together the whole agency really is. But, it appears, Lynette hasn't really left herself with the luxury of that kind of wiggle room. Lynette to Ed: "Oh god, Ed. I am soooo sorry." Ed, still distractedly sorting through papers, tells Lynette it's not her fault, and she gives the top of his head a funny little eye shrug, like "actually..." Ed: "We'll get through this. You and me. Together." Lynette nods in a stunned sort of way that conveys the very tip of a dawning regret iceberg. Ed: "Oh! Can you run down to the art department? Someone's got to can Jeff and Elizabeth." Lynette mumbles something about how sure, she'll take care of it, and then she stumbles out of his office.
And who's standing right outside Ed's office, sipping a glass of wine? A very relaxed-looking Bossy Boobs. Bossy cheerfully offers Lynette her congratulations. Lynette tells Bossy that "this" (everyone losing their jobs) isn't at all what Lynette wanted. She just wanted Bossy to be nicer! Bossy: "You know what? I used to be nice. But our boss -- I'm sorry your boss -- is incompetent, and selfish, and has the attention span of a poodle. I mean, from day one I've been the only one around here keeping this place from crumbling around his stupid ears." Lynette tries to interject with some murmurs of disbelief, but Bossy just keeps rolling: "Nice is a luxury that I gave up along with vacations and relationships and eating at home. This job sucks you dry. You better kiss those four little kiddies of yours goodbye, because you have just adopted [Nina points toward Ed's office] the neediest little child in the world." Bossy takes a big swig of wine, and Lynette gives her an icy look. Abruptly, Bossy hands the glass of wine over to Lynette: "You're going to need this more than I do." Bossy winks and goes back into her office to pack up, and Lynette shoots a panicked look toward Ed who, as we can see through the glass of his office walls, is sitting at his desk with his head buried in his hands. That Lynette, she sure has done it this time! So, so satisfying.