Tripp is giving a speech about when he met "Tisha van Kirk" forty-four years earlier; after their initial encounter, he went back and told Dutch, his roommate at Yale ("George" is the surname, in case I didn't mention that already), that he was the luckiest man in the world. We get a quick shot of Brian as Tripp goes on how lucky the timing was, since Letitia was about to go to Italy to study fine art for a year, and then another waiter gives Nick Patrick's business card; on the back it reads "MEET ME IN THE LIBRARY NOW -- CODE PINK!!" And I'd suggest you keep your eyes peeled for Dan Rather while you're at it. Nick gets up...
...and is presumably on his way to the library when he looks through an open door and pauses when he sees Karen in the room, in which there's apparently some light work being down, given the presence of a stepladder and the plastic covering the piano. She seems pretty upset, and tells him that it's about Freddy, but also about all the guys she picks -- all they see is the money. Well, in their defense, there's an awful lot of it stuck into their fields of vision. In a marked contrast to her earlier flightiness, she tells him that he's the only guy she ever dated who really saw her. He tells her that he doesn't know what happened with her and Freddy, and when she starts to open her mouth, adds that he doesn't want to know, to which she meekly nods. Ha! I swear, the actors and editors certainly have their comic timing down. He goes on, though, that if she doesn't want to marry Freddy, she shouldn't, as life is short, and she deserves to be loved. It's a nice sentiment, but I think Freddy is maybe getting the short end of the stick here after he gamely played the straight man during the earlier installment of Inappropriate Theater. Nick starts to go, but Karen tells him he's sweet and pulls him in for a hug and a kiss on the neck, and it's not like there's not some innocence to it, but he's not exactly erring on the side of caution either. And he would have been well served to, as of course, the laws of television dictate that Lisa comes across them at that moment. Makes sense here, though -- he was late to begin with and now he's left her alone again with these people she despises. Anyway, she's a little pissed, and tells him Patrick's looking for him before snarking that she's sorry to interrupt. Karen: "Oh, that's okay." Hee. Karen then doesn't miss a beat in going back to telling Nick he's sweet, and he stomps off, mildly exasperated.