He looks at Cersei and instructs her, "All right. Contribute." What she had in mind was getting the Tyrells away from Joffrey, presumably because she's noticed that both Margaery and Olenna are awesome. Tywin points out that the Tyrells are responsible for the city not starving to death, and also for them being able to continue with their war. So Cersei gets to her real point: "Margaery has her claws in Joffrey. She knows how to manipulate him." Tywin answers, "Good. I wish you knew how to manipulate him." Ha! See, that's my point. She's been more interested in protecting Joffrey than in training him for his eventual job, and now it's too late. Tywin tells her, "I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are." I don't think that's what's wrong with her. She's plenty smart. Tywin also blames her for the way Joffrey is, which is interesting because the Lannisters rarely discuss the fact that Joffrey is a horrible monster that's dragging them all down. Cersei tells him, "Perhaps you should try stopping him from doing what he likes." Tywin answers, "I will." I look forward to that! Mostly I want to see if Tywin can get anything done without smacking Joffrey around the way Tyrion did. I realize I had some harsh things to say about Jaime, Cersei and Tyrion, but Tywin did a pretty good job raising them if the alternative is Joffrey. Although I guess Myrcella and Tommen might be better.
Speaking of the Tyrells, it's time for another scene in which Olenna is a lot of fun. We're in that garden where she met Sansa. One of her granddaughters (I'm guessing) shows her some embroidery, but Olenna is bored with roses. Everything she owns is covered in roses, including the chamber pot. She feels that a rose is a lame family sigil, considering that other houses have cool things like wolves and krakens. And the family words are "Growing strong," which isn't awesome like "Winter is coming" or "We do not sow." Then she sees that Varys is coming, so she tells the embroidery girls to run along and "grow strong." She's even sarcastic about her own family! Gasp!
Varys welcomes her to King's Landing and claims the city is made brighter by her presence. She mocks this as obvious flattery but encourages the seduction to continue. She muses, "What happens when the nonexistent bumps into the decrepit? A question for the philosophers." That sentence is as close as we're getting to a sex scene this week. Enjoy! Varys asks, "Might I sit?" No, he may not. Varys opens the subject of Sansa Stark in his usual discursive style and claims that she's an interesting girl. Olenna asks, "Is she?" Varys: "No, not really." Varys turns to go, and she tells him to walk with her.