Brian is in bright Brazil (Carnival, remember?), in a really awesome pink button-up shirt with a darker pink tie. But neither pink is, like, pastel pink. They are both deeper and darker and the shirt is perfectly fitted. I love it. I don't think I have a crush on Brian or anything, but maybe the fitted-shirt-noticing should indicate to me that I might. I should probably know if I have a crush; I'll try to become more aware. Anyway, he knocks on Andrea's door and claims he just popped in -- to BRAZIL! -- to see Brian Jr. Which actually isn't that shocking; he is (sort of) a Darling. He starts making hints about knowing she's been gone at night, and she gets annoyed and tells him to come back when Brian Jr.'s home from school at 4. She shuts the door in his face and he turns around and says, "What are you looking at?" I rewound and watched this scene several times to see who he was talking to here, because it confused me, but we actually never see who it is. Which is odd, and makes me think Glenn Fitzgerald ad-libbed that or something. It just doesn't feel like a line that would have been written in.
Back in New York, Karen and Simon are eating, as she's recapping Tripp's announcement that Nick would be taking over the company. He feels like he was there already, though, because that's all she talks about. Karen asks if she's boring him. I scream: "YES! You both are!" But they don't stop. He lectures her about Nick. I fight hard to keep from nodding off. He sends her to talk to Nick, because he loves her (or is manipulating her, obviously) and wants her to know that Nick doesn't respect her.
Shepherd Book (!) approaches Nola in the hall of the courthouse to give her a heads-up that Nick went to France. She says he's talking to her star witness, most likely, but because of the small fact said witness happens to be his mother, she can't do anything about it. She tells the shepherd not to worry, because she has a plan: to win the case and then steal Shepherd Book's job. I'm not sure why she hates him, because this is the first time we've seen him on the show, so that bitchiness made no sense at all. In fact, that scene had no purpose in the episode, as far as I can tell. Except to give Ron Glass work, which I guess I'm okay with. She storms away to sexy, sassy lady music and arrives in her office to find Jeremy. Could he be any more predictable? I really don't think he could. But she is surprised (because she's dense) and appalled he'd show up in her office, because it could cost her her job. He has tickets to the Weepies. She gives him ten seconds to leave or she won't see him again, and she tears up the Weepies tickets. Come on, Nola! He (or you) could have taken someone else. That's just mean. And wasteful.