On a balcony that wraps around the room, we find Reese, dribbling a martini down the front of her dress and looking like a little girl who just got permission to stay up late for the grownups' party. With the go-for-broke mugging and the screwball vibe, Reese is growing on me with every scene, I must say. Victory and Joe enter on the main level, but Victory mysteriously refuses to check her coat. Reese spots her old boss and hurries down to meet her, but Nico gets there first and chews out Victory for making her invite Bragini. Reese calls to Victory from across the room, and then runs over and thanks her for the invitation to this "amazing" party. So that's what the extra ticket was for. Victory smiles tightly and reintroduces Reese to Nico. Joe excuses himself, and Victory makes a show of asking him to check her coat as he goes. She takes it off to reveal -- surprise! -- the red dress she'd made from the design Bragini stole! Reese recognizes it and blanches. "It looks so good on you!" she stammers (and by the way, it really doesn't). "Let's go mingle!" says Victory. Reese whimpers. As they leave, Nico turns and sees starlet Sasha Winters entering with her date -- one Kirby Atwood. Sad music tells us how Nico feels about that.
In her office, Wendy gets a call from David Hernandez, who tells her that Shane got the composing job. He sounds pretty glum, and Wendy can't tell whether that's his normal social awkwardness coming across, or whether he's terse because he feels like he was railroaded into hiring Shane. Hernandez ends the call quickly, leaving Wendy wondering.