We open with our establishing shots of New York skyline porn, and then we're in a big, fancy walk-in closet with Karen, who's throwing out clothes, all "Garbage. Garbage. Garbage." Nick walks in, and Karen says, "Speak of the devil." Then he asks what she's doing, and she explains: She's purging everything Simon ever gave her or liked. She does it after every marriage. She adds that this wasn't a marriage since there was no wedding, but she does it in a really snotty way so that Nick knows he's the one she's blaming it all on. Instead of, you know, Simon. Or herself for being an idiot. He's just there with papers for her to sign to reinstate her stock. She says getting her stock back makes nothing better. He tells her he might not have handled the situation very well, but he did it all for her because he cares about her. She asks him to leave.
In Tripp's office, Tripp is letting Nick know that Ellen's brother, Chase, is becoming a problem again. Tripp heard from the manager at Darling Avionics that Chase is spreading his theory. And with Patrick's inauguration 48 hours away, that means Tripp needs Nick to go to Bethpage and talk to him. Nick says he's kind of in the middle of the last several dozen favors Tripp has asked him for (although, technically, if you're getting paid millions, they're not so much "favors" as "your job"), including finishing the partnership agreement with Simon. Nick suggest Brian go, but Tripp says Brian has too much to do with Andrea in the hospital and Brian Jr. to take care of. Plus, Chase sort of trusts Nick.
Tripp's in a meeting with Nola and Patrick, in which Tripp and Nola are arguing over whether Patrick should be inaugurated on the Senate floor like everyone else (Nola) or in Federal Hall in New York (Tripp). Patrick sighs, all like, "Whatever." He says this would mean more to him if Carmelita were here. Nola's a bitch about it, telling him to move on. Tripp finally says he agrees with Nola, although he's a little nicer. He says Carmelita's a lovely individual but would not be a benefit in this situation. Nola gets a "Meet me. Now" text from Simon, and gets up to leave. She thanks Tripp for agreeing, and he says on those rare occasions he agrees with her, she'll find him by her side. She replies, "How very ... patronizing." I know a lot of people hate her in this role, but I think what they actually hate is this role. Lucy Liu is totally owning Nola's bitchiness. I like it.