Patrick's week is in the process of not getting any better, as Nick tries to convince him to meet with Tripp and Simon Elder. Patrick reminds Nick that it's taken him thirty years to free himself from his father's vice-like grip, but agrees to the meeting on one condition. Nick then says, "He just wants to talk," and we cut back to find him talking to Carmelita, trying to convince her to sit down with Patrick and Ellen. She tells Nick, "I won't do it," and Nick asks, "Just put yourself in Ellen's shoes, just for a second." Carmelita stares back at him as if to say, "Yeah, like I could fit these size thirteens into those dainty little pumps." Nevertheless, it is Nick's day to be extremely convincing inside of a few clever edits, and his argument that "she's not asking Patrick to end the affair, she's not asking you to vanish, she just wants to talk" seems to work. Carmelita tells Nick that Patrick is really lucky to have someone like him in his life, and I think sometimes people forget that Nick is being paid several million dollars to perform administrative tasks that usually fall to an assistant making twenty grand a year.
Next up, Simon Elder. Nick sits with him in his office, explaining the meeting Tripp has proposed. Simon immediately starts looking for ulterior motives, asking, "Does this have anything to do with Darling Plaza?" Nick responds that he doesn't think so, towing Tripp's party line that this meeting is just about Patrick. Simon wants assurance that he's not going to be walking into "some classic Tripp Darling ambush," and Nick does indeed promise that he won't be. And though both of these men seem like pretty sharp businessmen, you do have to admit this moment does not showcase either of then at their most shrewd. I mean, there's a reason they're called "classic Tripp Darling ambushes."