Karen's in Nick's office telling him how happy she is that she's marrying Simon -- that after four bad marriages and an entire lifetime spent pining after Nick, she's finally found the right man. He asks her if she's sure about that, and she is. Because, as we established last week, she is a moron. She mockingly says that he just wants her for her shares, and Nick says Simon told him that word for word. She thinks that's crazy, because Simon's not like that, and wasn't even upset when he found out she'd been spying on him (um, yeah, because he wouldn't want to get angry and leave because he wants the shares, duh). Nick asks her why she keeps coming to him if she doesn't trust him, and she says that in a world full of Simons and Daddies, Nick's all she has. Which doesn't make any sense if she really trusts and loves Simon the way she does. She needs a favor, of course: She wants him to tell Tripp she's marrying Simon, and to get his blessing so she doesn't lose her whole family over this.
That scene leads directly into Tripp saying, "What foul business this is," and asking if Nick's sure Simon's marriage to Karen is part of his takeover plan. Nick says Simon told him that, obviously knowing how it would sound to Karen coming from her old flame. Tripp calls Simon a son-of-a-bitch. Nick tells Tripp how quickly Simon would be able to take over the company after the marriage, and offers an idea: "Cut her out." Tripp doesn't like it, but Nick's insistent, telling Tripp that the only way to protect the company and family is to strip Karen. Nick! That's kinky. You're married. And Tripp's her father. Oh, wait, strip her of her assets. That's much more appropriate. Tripp relents: "All right. Cut her out." Awesome. Finally Tripp is winning me back over, because if anyone ever needed to be cut off from the silver spoon, it was Karen Darling. Now if he just cuts off Jeremy, he will be my hero.
More tricky New York skyline shots, then we're with Karen, who is making wedding decisions. She doesn't want marzipan glaze because she had that for two of her previous weddings. She wants to try something different this time, like coconut. Simon comes in and offers to take her mind off the wedding for awhile. And he does that by talking about her engagement party. Yeah, Simon, I think the engagement party sort of counts as the wedding. Anyway, he says the party is tomorrow night and none of her siblings have RSVP'd. Karen says that's not surprising, because Juliet won't end her "yearlong orgasm" in the "South Pacific" (so that's what they're calling a rehab-related firing these days), and the boys are too scared of Tripp. Simon says it's important to get her brothers' approval, to cement all of the family on their side in what's about to become a war apparently. I have to say that Karen should see the warning sign of someone trying to pit the rest of her family against her father, but since we've already established she's the biggest idiot in the history of idiocy, I will try not to apply reason or logic to her character. It will only drive me (and probably all of you) mad. Just then an envelope arrives from Nick's office. Could it be an RSVP? Nope. It's papers telling Karen that her shares and her inheritance are all gone. Simon points out Tripp's not exactly a loving father for doing this, and this is all the more reason to get the brothers there and create family alliances.