Karen and Simon are in a car, and she says she's going to kill Nick, because he doesn't take her seriously. Simon doesn't understand how he could not take her seriously, because Simon's time sleeping with her means he would let her run his company, I presume? She tells Simon to ask Nick why he doesn't take her seriously, and Simon says he might just do that. She was kidding, but he gives her a speech about how he got where he is by recognizing his own talents and the talents of others, and that Nick might not be able to see all of her gifts. She tells him he can go talk to him.
Patrick enters Nick's office and Nick promises he's taking all of his leadership qualities into consideration. Patrick says he doesn't care about the company and that's not why he's there. Nick's pleasantly surprised, and asks what's up. Patrick explains that Tripp wants the heartfelt, election clinching eulogy, and Patrick can't find the feelings, let alone the words, and the service is tomorrow. Nick doesn't understand how Patrick can't have feelings for the mother of his children, and Patrick reminds him that Ellen shot him in the leg once and then tried to kill him with a fire poker (yes, I was wrong in thinking it was a golf club last week). He doesn't know what to do. All he can think about is Carmelita. Nick asks if they're seeing each other again. Patrick says she's still missing, but is all he can think about. Nick wisely tells him to write it about her and just replace her name with Ellen's. Patrick acknowledges the greatness of this totally schiester idea. And on his way out, he does say, "You're going to pick me to run the company, though, right?"
Simon's standing on a corner with sunglasses on, waiting for Nick. He approaches him when he exits his office building, saying he's glad he caught him. Nick's hoping he'll feel the same way. Simon says he needs a favor about Karen. Nick assumes the same thing we do, but Simon says Karen's capable of handling a lot of things but running a corporation isn't one of them. He goes on to tell Nick Karen doesn't trust him to make the right decision and doesn't really trust him much at all anymore. Simon lies that he was reluctant to get involved, but Karen insisted. Nick asks why he's telling him this, and Simon says he's doing it because Karen asked, but that he can't in good conscience sell Nick something he's too smart to buy. And I cannot tell who Simon is trying to trick here. Is he trying to reverse psychology Nick into choosing Karen because he really wants her to have it? And if he does, is it to get information or to ruin the company, or ...? Simon just asks that Nick not sell him down the river if Karen asks what he said. Mysterious music plays as Nick watches Simon get into his car and then walks into the subway.